So I'm overweight. I was 250 when I got pregnant. I naturally had the little hangy belly thing before the baby started to protrude. It's not an prominant as I've seen in some overweight people because I carry my weight pretty evenly over my whole body.
But, in the last 4 days I've slowly gotten a flaming red, burning, itching rash under the right side of my belly. I thought it was a pimple at first. Then the night before last my husband was trying to use a trimmer to help get rid of some of the bushy hairs I can't reach--and he noticed it was red. Then, last night I took off my underwear and yelped because the elastic from my underwear was lodged up in it. YOUCH!
I lifted up my belly (baby and tummy itself) and saw red streaks kind of going from the top of my hip bone, almost down to where my labia would start--but it's all in the crease of my leg and belly fat. Of course, yesterday was quite warm, I took a long walk with my daughter, stayed at the park for a while, then walked home in the heat.
I think it's yeast. After washing it with gentle soap I tried to lay in such a way that it could air out. My husband sprayed some anti fungal on there--but that kind of freaks me out, because I'm not sure how good that is during pregnancy. Of course, laying in a way that would allow the area fresh air and dryness hurt my back and gave me leg cramps all night long. So it didn't work out so well.
I called the midwive's advice line and their immediate response was "We need to get you in". Okay... so now I have an appointment with a male OB. Grrr. The last thing I want to do right now is discuss my weight issues and how they've lead to my producing a lovely breeding grounds for yeast. To this point the OBs and midwives have been pretty great and not mentioned my weight--but I imagine the lack of weight gain has kept those comments at bay.
I did have a yogurt smoothie for breakfast with no sugar--in hopes that it might help. But, damn, I don't even know if it's yeast. I need some kind of assurance that I don't have a horrid infection that might effect my baby, you know?