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At my MW appointment this morning I brought up my "sensitive/itchy/hurting" parts and that it wasn't internal and it wasn't a yeast infection. We already had results from last week that it wasn't a UTI. She took a look and said it was a rash type thing, like a heat rash, from warmth, moisture, disposable liners, etc. She told me to wear no underwear to bed or at least switch to boxer shorts (I just bought some) and stop using liners. Well, I can't stop using liners during the day but I'm switching to cloth. And maybe I won't use them on weekends when I'm at home.<br><br>
OK, that makes sense I suppose, but I don't get why the liners I've worn for the last 10 - 15 years are suddenly SOMETIMES (not always except for the last week or so) a big problem? And I don't get why this is an on and off problem? But I'll make these changes (and I bought a really mild and no additive, good ph etc soap) and see what happens.<br><br>
The other thing she said was I had low iron and it could be contributing to how tired I've been feeling. She gave me a food list and talked about dairy/vit c and how they affect absorption, then gave me an iron supplement script. So today I went to the natural products store (instead of the pharmacy) and got Floradix tablets and was also given samples of the liquid. Any advice on taking these? I won't be taking them with citrus juice because that seems to make the irritation in my parts much worse.<br><br>
Other than that it was a good appointment and I'm still way happy that I switched!
 

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No advice, but <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">s!!!
 

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I don't have any advice, but I thought I'd share that one of the things my midwife told me to start doing at my very first prenatal appointment is to sleep with no undies, then to only wear cotton underwear during the day. There's definitely a lot more moisture "down there" in general during pregnancy, so it makes sense that irritation might be more likely to occur now than when not pregnant. Also, I'm not sure where you live, but the weather sure is getting more hot and humid where I'm at. This probably contributes even more to heat rash itchiness?<br><br>
The panty liners are definitely going to limit airflow down there because of their plastic liner. I guess the best option (well, second best after just wearing nothing) would be to use cotton panties with an all-cotton liner, for maximum breathability (I'm even wondering if the waterproof PUL or nylon barrier in many cotton liners would irritate you...).<br><br>
Anyway, those are just a few of my thoughts (rambles <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"> ) on the matter!
 

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No advise on the itchies, but I just started taking Floradix liquid and I love it. I do feel like I am getting some energy back and it is not effecting my tummy at all. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"> I had tummy issues with DD and this time I have tried hard to avoid that. At first it even had a slight laxative effect, very slight, nothing urgent!! I do take it with a little orange juice though, but only about an ounce or so. I can swallow the whole dose plus the juice in one swig. It does not taste awful just straight out of the bottle, but I prefer it with juice. Maybe you could try it with a chewable vit. C to aid with absorption? My midwife said I could even take 3 doses per day instead of the sugested 2, since it was so mildly formulated. My 30 wk. anemia bloodwork was just barely under the normal range.
 

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I also just started on the Floradix liquid. I don't take it with juice, and I don't think it's neccesary either cuz it says on the bottle that it has vitamin C in it already to aid absorption of the iron. I don't think you need to worry about that.<br><br>
I'm also taking liquid chlorophyll (tastes better than it sounds) and alfalfa tablets, both to help my low iron. I just can't afford to take as much Floradix as I'd need! That stuff's expensive, and alfalfa's super cheap. So I'm cutting back Floradix to one dose a day and taking the other two to help. My midwife had never heard of taking chlorophyll for low hemoglobin but I've read that it can help, and she said to give it a try.
 

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Glad to hear it was a good appointment overall. I recently started sleeping without underwear and it is definitely more comfortable.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">OK, that makes sense I suppose, but I don't get why the liners I've worn for the last 10 - 15 years are suddenly SOMETIMES (not always except for the last week or so) a big problem? And I don't get why this is an on and off problem? But I'll make these changes (and I bought a really mild and no additive, good ph etc soap) and see what happens.</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2"> no good answers, but my allergies, dry sensitive skin, and healing in general have been much worse during pregnancy so I'm guessing it's the same for you.
 

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Quick reply:<br><br>
I have something very similar - it seems during pregnancy I just get irritated around my vulva for no real apparent reason. It's not yeast or any infection, just my regular (or perhaps pregnancy-specific) discharge is irritating... almost like I'm allergic to *me*.<br><br>
What I discovered early this pregnancy (and has been like a miracle cure) is this two step solution (hahaha, sounds so formal):<br><br>
1) Shower so very clean (no soap down there though), then dry thoroughly.<br>
2) (This was my best discovery this pregnancy) Apply Burts Bees chapstick to the vulva. Yep, *those* lips. I should warn that it's tingly/stingy cause of the menthol or whatever, so use sparingly the first time to make sure it doesn't hurt too much, but for me that actually helps a bit if things are irritated anyway.<br><br>
I've been doing this in the morning and evening and my parts are EVER so grateful. I think it acts as a barrier but I find any other product (I've tried coconut and olive oil and probably vaseline at some point but I don't remember for sure) to be uncomfortable for one reason or another, but Burts Bees has been the BEST thing ever for keeping my labia comfortable this pregnancy. If you try it I hope it helps you too! Good luck! Vaginal irritation sucks.
 

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A couple of other iron-related tips:<br>
If you're not averse to eating conventional (non-organic) cereal, Grape Nuts has the most iron of any cereals that i found. Yes it's fortified, like most cereal - but it has the most bang per bowl.<br><br>
I believe that dried apricots & raisins are also fairly high. Guess what I eat for breakfast? Grape Nuts with raisins!<br><br>
Good luck, hope you start feeling better tip to toes soon!
 

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I have something very similar - it seems during pregnancy I just get irritated around my vulva for no real apparent reason. It's not yeast or any infection, just my regular (or perhaps pregnancy-specific) discharge is irritating... almost like I'm allergic to *me*.</div>
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Yes, this is exactly what it's like!!! I will keep that tip in mind if these other measures don't manage enough.<br><br>
Thanks everyone for the advice! I have to say - last night when I got home I put on the cotton boxer shorts and I slept in them too and this morning I used the special ph etc soap and this was a way better morning then they have been for the last week. I'm even wearing jeans today (instead of a skirt). The first of my cotton liners came in yesterday as well, so I've got that for today. I don't think I got any with the PUL or nylon since I'm just using them for CM, nothing heavier. Now I just need to search out more solid black 100% cotton bikini undies (only have 6 pairs). I don't know why they are so hard to find?!<br><br>
Also, I took the first iron pill last night. Really, it can't have made a difference already, right? But I do feel a little less exhausted today. A little. Must be psychosomatic, but whatever it is, it's fine by me!<br><br>
Hm. The reason I'm not drinking OJ is because it seemed to trigger the itchy problem, but maybe that was just coincidence. I do love OJ ... maybe I'll give it (w/low sugar) another try. Dried apricots are on the list, maybe I'll get some and some grape nuts for weekend mornings.
 
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