What Is This Weird Rash I Get During My Pregnancy?
You’re pregnant and your body is changing in more than a few ways.
You’re emotional, your boobs and even your feet might get bigger, not to mention your swelling tummy and your hips getting wider. To top it all, one of our readers noticed a weird rash on her body and became really worried about it.
We posted her question on Facebook to ask our mums if they had any similar experiences and what she can do to soothe the itching.
Here’s what you all had to say:
"Hi Mums. Since I became pregnant I’ve had this rash that has spread from my legs to my arms and back, down to my thighs and buttocks area. I’ve tried everything: from Silcocks base creams to steroid creams and nothing has worked. It’s got to the stage where I can’t sleep at night. I’m just wondering would anyone know what this rash looks like? I’ve also tried Lyclear in case it was bedbugs or the housemates’ dog had fleas, but still no relief. I’ve also gotten my liver checked out and it’s all working normally. It’s affecting me big time. I’m five months pregnant now and I can’t deal with this for much longer. Thanks."
A Simple Explanation For It
Réadín: I had that too and it drove me mad. It's to do with increased blood flow my doctor said.
Lauren: I got a rash across my torso. My body, I guess, had a reaction to the tummy cream I was using, and the doctor put me on steroid cream twice a day for a week and it cleared it up.
Samantha: Lay off any scented creams, body wash etc. It could be a heat rash, viral infection or just a side effect of pregnancy. Every time I’ve been pregnant I’ve had some annoying skin change. Wear loose clothing that is breathable and wash often to keep sweat off etc.
Faye: I got a rash while I was pregnant in around the same stage as yourself. My dermologist told me that I have a skin mite (that we all carry), but due to the pregnancy hormone it becomes active. He recommended just to keep it well moisturised with a base cream/emollient and also a prescribed steroid cream if it became very bad.
READ MORE: Pregnancy Skin Changes
A Simple Relief
Réadín: I found a cold shower before bed great to help with relief. Also a damp face cloth beside my bed was great for if I woke with an itch (I was literally cut all over from scratching). It did eventually stop around six months.
Tracey: Put bicarbonate of soda in your bath water or use a jug of warm water with it in for the final rinse in the shower and pat dry. Hopefully as your pregnancy progresses, it will ease for you.
Sinead: I had this on my third pregnancy – I’ll never forget it! I plastered myself with manuka honey. It’s sticky, but it eased the itch during the night. I used aveeno during the day.
Catherine: With my last baby I also got a rash, but thankfully it was only on my hands (still not great though). I found that the antibacterial soap helped clear it a lot and later on when I didn't have the soap, I tried moisturising cream and that also helped me.
Lynda: If there is a seaweed bath spa near where you live, then treat yourself to one. That will help hugely. Cool showers may help too.
Tracey: This sounds like what I had with my last pregnancy. My liver functions were all good. I tried every cream. The only thing that helped was drinking nettle tea. It cools the blood and really helped!
Jaclyn: Calamine lotion and oat bath. It's what we used for chicken pox when I was a kid and it helped.
READ MORE: 9 Signs Of Eczema And How To Treat It
It Can Be PUPPS
Ann: I got a rash across my belly, upper body and legs. It was called PUPPS and it’s a bastard (that’s the only thing to call it). It nearly broke me. I used to wake up bleeding from scratching. Doctors gave me an anti-histamine and I also took oat baths. Look it up and you will find a wealth of knowledge on it and stuff that may help.
Marian: I had PUPPS too. Thankfully it was only for the last two weeks of my pregnancy and I literally thought I was going to go insane. The minute the baby was born, it disappeared. I never experienced anything like it before. I remember walking around the house because I couldn’t sleep. Thankfully, I’m on my second pregnancy now, only four weeks left and no sign of it.
Audrey: I got PUPPS too towards the end of my pregnancy. The itch drove me mad. It’s more common in multiple births and boys apparently.
READ MORE: 7 Things That Suck About Pregnancy
A Shortage Of Iron
Orla: Are you taking any iron supplements? I got a bad rash after I had my baby because the hospital said I was severely anemic. They put me on Galfer iron syrup (I couldn’t take tablets) but I had a bad reaction to it!
Anna: I had a rash on my arms and legs a few weeks ago. It got very itchy at night. I took Piriton every morning and it went away after three days. Maybe its worth a try. I also had my liver checked and everything was fine so they prescribed me the Piriton and a hydrocortizone cream.
Roisin: My midwife recommended Aveeno with menthol in it.
Claire: I got something similar to Psoriasis before I was pregnant and the Aveeno with menthol was the best relief for it.
Do you have a similar problem? How do you relief the itching? Tell us in the comments below.