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sweetsriracha's picture
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PUPPS

I'm pretty sure I have it. And while I look nothing like the poor model in that photo, I'm completely MISERABLE.

I'll zip my midwife an email tomorrow. The research I've done online suggests baths, benadryl, lotion - but really very little can be done. I'd really rather not go down the steroid shots or early induction road.

Anyone have experience with this?

Nikerz20's picture
Joined: 04/18/09
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Oh i'm so sorry, I really hope its not PUPPS.

Good idea to call your midwife, how do they diagnose it?

brady_bunch_plus_one's picture
Joined: 11/27/04
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My friend had this and was miserable.I havent dealt with it personally.Hopefully that isnt what you have though.Keep us posted.

lil96's picture
Joined: 03/27/06
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I always think I get it at the end, but it has never been confirmed. It itches like crazy, some days my stomach would actually bleed it was so bad. Bc it was never confirmed or anything, I never took anything for it, just rubbed tons of calamine or something on it.
Don't worry about induction until the time comes, you never know what will happen between then and now.

I hope you stop itching Smile

ashamom27's picture
Joined: 07/06/06
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I hope you don't have it! It looks painful!

Joined: 09/13/06
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I had PUPPS when I was pg. with my daughter, but not until way further in the pregnancy. All that worked was calamine lotion (TONS of it), and Benadryl. Definately shoot your midwife an email though, just to let her know what's going on. It is so very uncomfortable, I hope it goes away soon!

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Joined: 01/23/11
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Not to sound stupid.. but what is PUPPS ??

Jenni Beth's picture
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Babydreamer:
Some pregnant women may also experience more intense itchiness during pregnancy. This is often seem in conjunction with itchy, red bumps and larger patches of a hive-like rash on their bellies. This is known as pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP) or polymorphic eruption of pregnancy and will effect about 1% of pregnant women

PUPPP will usually effects women who are in their first pregnancy, carrying twins, and is usually at its worst during the third trimester

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No one is certain of what may cause PUPP, as it is not associated with other complications such as preeclampsia, hormonal abnormalities or fetal abnormalities

There are however some theories, and we stress that these are just theories:

PUPP Theory One: Some investigators suggest that the rapid abdominal wall distension damages connective tissue and causes an inflammatory response

PUPP Theory Two: One study has shown that male fetal DNA can be found in skin biopsies of the rash. Since 70% of women with PUPPP give birth to boys, a new hypothesis is that male fetal DNA acts as a skin irritant

(Taken from http://www.pregnancy-calendars.net/pupps.aspx)

Do you think you might be having a boy?!

lil96's picture
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"Jenni Beth" wrote:

PUPP Theory Two: One study has shown that male fetal DNA can be found in skin biopsies of the rash. Since 70% of women with PUPPP give birth to boys, a new hypothesis is that male fetal DNA acts as a skin irritant

(Taken from http://www.pregnancy-calendars.net/pupps.aspx)

Do you think you might be having a boy?!

This was part of the reason why when I was pregnant first time they said it wasn't Puppps. I was on team green for that pregnancy, so they didn't come out and say that/couldn't. They just kept saying chances or it isn't. (I had a girl)

sweetsriracha's picture
Joined: 03/29/11
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Wow, thanks for ALL the support, ladies!!!!!!! Smile

FORTUNATELY, I don't think its PUPPS. I think it was an allergic reaction to an antibiotic I'm taking for a(n asymptomatic) UTI. I'm such a hypochondriac for thinking it was PUPPS. I'm definitely a little itchy - we'll see if it continues to improve now that I'm off the antibiotics or if I'm still miserable in a few days.

However, I *am* prone to allergies and I do think I'm having a boy. Which means if I don't have PUPPS now, I'm more likely to get it later?

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Joined: 09/25/09
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I am happy to see you don't have it...hopefully you do not get it at all. Take care!!