and it’s name is PUPPP!
the following was taken directly from emedicine.medscape.com:
“The term pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP) refers to a benign dermatosis that usually arises late in the third trimester of a first pregnancy. The entity previously had been reported as toxemic rash of pregnancy, toxemic erythema of pregnancy, and late-onset prurigo of pregnancy. The term polymorphic eruption of pregnancy is used extensively in Europe, while PUPPP typically is used in the United States
The cause and pathogenesis of pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP) are not known. A meta-analysis revealed that 11.7% of patients with PUPPP had multiple gestation pregnancies. Within that group, a higher PUPPP risk for triplet (14%) over twin (2.9%) pregnancies was found, suggesting a relationship between skin distention and the development of PUPPP. Most studies have revealed increased maternal weight gain in patients with PUPPP when compared with normal pregnancies, further supporting the role of increased skin distention.
A study from Israel also found maternal hypertension and induction of labor to be significantly associated with the condition. One large series of cases revealed a male-to-female infant ratio of 2:1.
Investigators identified fetal deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) in the skin of mothers with PUPPP, suggesting that chimerism may be relevant to the pathogenesis of this disorder. Finally, a case-control study from France confirmed previously documented associations with multiple gestations, cesarean deliveries, and male fetuses, although no relationship to maternal or fetal weight gain was noted.”
The prognoses for the affected woman and her newborn are excellent in pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP). PUPPP typically resolves within 4-6 weeks, independent of delivery, and the condition does not tend to recur in subsequent pregnancies. Only 7% of multiparous PUPPP patients described a similar rash with prior pregnancies.
i am DYING!
the crazy itchy rash, that my OB referred to as “a joy of being pregnant” is back. if you followed my weekly pregnancy posts you’ll know that i started to get this rash at about the 9 month mark (i think haha). it was little, pimple like bumps that were insanely itchy and once scratched would “pop” and turn into a scab. this was my hell on earth. i would have a few showers everyday so i could scratch my skin off with my hard bristled shower brush. then i would coat myself in aveeno sensitive oatmeal itch relief cream and some .05% cortisone cream. that only offered relief for a few hours, hence the several showers a day. it was so bad at one point i went to L&D. they just told me once the baby is born it will go away. i counted the days like crazy just for it to go away.
once maeve was born, it did start to go away. i would just get the odd itchy bump here and there and the scabs were starting to heal up, although some of them were healing into scars. relief, FINALLY!
then it started to come back a little heavier. then i found myself itching quite a bit. then BAM! full blown, worse than ever crazy bumpy, scabby rash is back.
how can this be?! why me?! me of all people, has suffered quite enough to have a baby. DON”T NEED TO SUFFER ANYMORE.
after posting this personal hell on FB i was contacted by an old high school friend. she had her baby last spring and had the same thing happen. her rash lasted for 10 weeks and she thought she was going to die it was so bad. she told me that she was referred to a dermatologist. there is steroid treatment but when you’re breast feeding that is not an option. she was got a cream from costco, of all places, that she said gave her relief while the rash ran it’s course. did i mention that there is no known cause or cure for this bullshit? she said to only have luke warm showers, slather yourself in the cream and let air dry. i have done three “treatments” so far and so far it’s just like last time. a couple of hours of relief, that’s all i get. so you can get a good idea of how bad this rash is, my friend told me the dermatologist told her it’s most closely related to having shingles. SHINGLES people!!!
i had this rash for lets say about 4-5 weeks in pregnancy. then it went away by week 3 postpartum. it’s been back since 7 weeks postpartum, i’m currently at about 9.5 weeks postpartum. so does that mean i should be WAY done with this shit by now or am i just getting started on my second round?
pray for me! hahaha
my stomach in the little pimp stage. my breasts were like that two days ago and are now at the big, red blotchy rash like on my legs. i guess i can look forward to that on my tummy soon. yay!