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With Liam, I had that awful PUPPPs rash. In the last couple of weeks, I've developed an intense itching in my legs and a little bit on my arms as well. It's not the same as the PUPPPs, but it still sucks! It looks like I have little bug bites all over my thighs. Ugh! I'm going to talk to my OB at my appt tomorrow. I'm hoping he's got some good suggestions for me. I don't want to be miserable for the next seven weeks and end up too exhausted to work for the delivery I want.
Last time, I talked to my OB (who I am no longer with) for a solid month before he finally decided to give me steroids. He never offered to prescribe anything topical even after I told him that I'd tried everything OTC I could find. I'm hoping to keep this under control rather than waiting for it to get insane.
The terrible thing is, I can't take a bath! My bathroom only has a shower. The other bathroom shares a wall with Liam's room. The plumbing is so loud it wakes him up every time I try. I've given up on baths. Even if I wait until midnight, he's climbing out of bed to try and hop in the bath with me.
boo! that sucks. but at least you have a bath tub in your house. we only have a shower.
it wasn't a big deal to me when we started renting this place because i didn't know i was pregnant yet....and i never really takes baths, and Sarah usually just showers with me. of course the only time i really even want to take a bath is while pregnant or postpartum.
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The thing that really drives me nuts is that the shower in the master is the same size as a bathtub, but some genius decided that a shower only was better. If we owned the house, I would totally pull that out and put in another shower/tub!
Yikes, I really hope it's not PUPPPS again. That was by far one of the worst experiences I've had - freaks me out just thinking about it. I do seem to recall somewhere in my reading back then that it's very unlikely that you'd get PUPPPS in subsequent pregnancies. And given that it's your legs and arms and not torso, changes are it's not that. Still sucks though if it's really itching you badly. I was going to recommend the baking soda bath too, but I guess that's out. Hopefully some OTC creams will help you out a bit. Hope it clears fast!
When I talked to my OB about the itching, he said that it's most likely a mild version of PUPPPs. Good news though is that he said subsequent cases are rarely as bad as the first time.
As far as treatment, he's open to me using any OTC topical stuff that helps. And to get some sleep, he said to take either a Tylenol PM or a couple Benadryl about an hour before bed. If it gets worse, I can just call in and get an RX for stronger topical creams, but it's not his first choice (or mine).
It's nice to actually have a doctor hear my concern and not just blow me off. My last OB pretty much ignored my concerns until I was in tears from exhaustion. He didn't even so much as say "If I were you, I'd do XYZ. If that doesn't work, we can look into some other options." I really hope it doesn't get that bad this time!