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Wednesday, August 13th 2008, 2:06pm

Hope it helps and hope you feel a little better soon x

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Wednesday, August 13th 2008, 3:06pm

Doctor just called. There was me thinking i'd found the cause, obviously was a coincidence after all - although it does mean that prawn cocktail is back on the menu.

He said that although the tests were clear he is still convinced that it might still be OC and so asked for a bile salts tests to be performed on the same blood sample. Sounds like he has spent all lunch time making phone calls for me; he spoke to an expert on OC for some advice and this guy is going to look at the results when they come back and advice my gp accordingly. He has also spoken to my endo cons who is going to see me next week but thinks that some piriton will help with the itching.

Basically - back to not having a bloomin clue what's causing this :sadface:

Did have my oat bath though, helped a little :smile: although it was really strange sharing my bath with a sock filled with porridge oats :snigger:




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Wednesday, August 13th 2008, 3:08pm

Oh :( I was so pleased to read that you'd found a likely cause....

Can you get some Piriton quite quickly??





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Wednesday, August 13th 2008, 3:12pm

The prescription is ready for me to collect - going to get the dh to get it on his way back though as it blowing a gale out there!

I'm having to sit here in the cold now cause if i put the heating on or use my blanky (yes, i have a blanky) i get all itchy again.




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Wednesday, August 13th 2008, 3:21pm

My SIL asked me why i kept going on about a prog on channel 4 :snigger: i've never watched the OC so we were looking at each other rather blankly!!




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Wednesday, August 13th 2008, 9:54pm

Hey there, hope your GP figures out what's going on soon - he sounds really helpful, I wish all GP's were like that!
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Thursday, August 14th 2008, 10:01am

The piriton helped a little last night. I was still itchy but not quite as much and the piriton made me really sleepy so at least i got a good nights sleep :happy:

Hoping that the other test result comes back today, doubt it though.




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Thursday, August 14th 2008, 12:11pm

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Friday, August 15th 2008, 3:40pm

Bile salts test came back clear.

So what has been suggested is for me to stay on piriton through the pregnancy and for the tests to be repeated in a couple of months.

My GP's opinion is that if it's none of the things that have been tested for, the most likely cause is a reaction to the hormones in pregnancy. He sent the results to ante-natal and asked them to review me when i go for 20 week scan.
He then told me about how he has upset my consultant by passing on some comments that i made to him! What a wally - i'm going to have to apologise next time i go there now :O




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Friday, August 15th 2008, 4:35pm

i used aqueos (sp?) cream and it was great! kept it in the fridge too so it was cold on my itchy skin
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Friday, August 15th 2008, 5:08pm

That was nice of your doctor to do that Michelle! :rolleyes:

How long is it since you've eaten prawns now? I'm not sure that you'd be still feeling itchy a week or so after eating them, but in all honesty I would steer clear of them for the rest of the pregnancy. Allergic reactions in pregnancy can be much worse than usual and its a risk just not worth taking.

Elmos suggestion of aqueous cream in the fridge sounds like a really good idea :happy:

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Friday, August 15th 2008, 6:44pm

Yes that does sound like a good idea - will get some aqueous cream tomorrow! I tried covering my body in bio oil this morning which actually helped but then i realised how expensive it would be to keep on doing that :snigger:

Missy, i've not had any prawns since either Sunday or Monday now and have been a bit worried about trying them again. I used to look after a little boy who was allergic to prawns and i had to have epi pen training as he carried one incase of contact with prawns, it was really serious! Allergies can start with itching like this but like you say it is unlikely to still be that now - i'm not eating anymore prawns whilst pregnant though, just incase.




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Friday, August 15th 2008, 10:06pm

Michelle, I too have a blanky, so you are not alone!

I'm glad the oatmeal bath helped a little. The itching in the ears does sound like an allergic reaction to me though. I get this when I have hayfever, and also when my asthma is playing up for random reasons. Hope the piriton helps and gets rid of it, cos you must be feeling utterly miserable.
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Saturday, August 23rd 2008, 4:12pm

Right, i have another question for you.

The itching has been on and off for the past few days but has never been as bad as it was two weeks back, i can cope with it now.
Today though i have developed a rash on my bump - it is literally just on my bump but is all over it from one side to the other and from my pubic area up to just under my bust. The rash its self doesn't seem to be itching so i'm not sure if it's related in any way but it would be weird if it wasn't.

I searched for rash bumps on here but didn't find anything, i hate searching for things on Google as it usually comes up with nonsense, so i don't want to do that.
Anyone got any ideas?
It's probably nothing, i guess if it was serious it would be all over my body and not just there where my skin is stretching, right ?(




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Saturday, August 23rd 2008, 4:42pm

I've managed to get a picture, not sure if it's come out all that well in this light but see what you make of it




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Saturday, August 23rd 2008, 4:46pm

Hun, to be on the safe side you need to ring triage and get checked. I'm sure it will turn out to be absolutely nothing Its always better to be safe than sorry matey :smile:

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Saturday, August 23rd 2008, 4:58pm

Yeah, think your right Missy. Why do these things only happen at the weekend ?(
I will give them a call and see what they say. I think i might just be suffering from funny skin during pregnancy (not a medical term i know :snigger: ) but because i don't really know anything about these things i can neither make myself relax nor rush and get it checked out, does that make sense?




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Saturday, August 23rd 2008, 5:17pm

I spoke to a nice midwife who said that obviously it's difficult to advise without seeing the rash but she asked me lots of questions and went off to speak to a doctor. They have basically said that if i feel well, don't have a temperature and don't have the itching at the same time then it's unlikely to be anything serious but that if it gets any worse or i feel ill to go straight to A&E to be on the safe side.

So i shall leave it for now, i feel absolutely fine and wouldn't really know the rash was there if i didn't keep looking at it.
If i feel unwell at all later then i will go up and get it checked, otherwise it's back to my good old GP on Tuesday (forgot about the blooming bank holiday until just now)




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Saturday, August 23rd 2008, 10:57pm

God you are having a tough old itchy time of it hun! Have you tried putting some emolient like Oilatum in your bath too? I know I had very dry skin in pregnancy and was prone to rashes like this all the time. Sometimes just getting that extra moisture into it can help no end. Hope you get it sorted soon mate, it's no fun being cooty!
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itching......

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not been on for a while but in 2nd trimester now 14 weeks 2 days. its great but i itch a lot! is that weird.....my belly is itchy, legs and armpits. i feel like i have fleas. i havent started using anything different, maybe my skin is just very sensitive now.
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Sunday, October 19th 2008, 7:59pm

Your skin will be more sensitive Livia and you might become a bit intolerant to soaps and bio washing powder too. Try getting soap free products and non bio washing powder.

There is a pregnancy condition called cholestasis, but I think that usually only kicks in in later pregnancy.
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RE: itching......

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OOOOHHHH YES :snigger: i did.....see Itching all over




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Wednesday, October 22nd 2008, 7:39pm

thanks - at least its not just me.....
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Wednesday, October 22nd 2008, 7:47pm

Woke up this morning and my boobs have been sooooo itchy all day. It was a bit hard to scratch at work!!!!

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Wednesday, October 22nd 2008, 7:51pm

ha ha

have had the itchy boobs too. trying to discreetly scratch using your top is difficult.......
i find my belly is the most itchy! :D

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Wednesday, October 22nd 2008, 7:53pm

My boobs can be very itchy too, especially around the nipples! Can imagine it would be embarrasing needing to scratch them at work :snigger:




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Wednesday, October 22nd 2008, 7:56pm

I have been turning the poor things red with all the scratching and yep, near the nipples are the worst. I can scratch the side discreetly enough but not the nips! At least there are all girls around me....

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Wednesday, October 22nd 2008, 7:59pm

I've been thinking about getting some kind of soothing pads to put in my bra - i must look into it as it can get quite uncomfortable.
Maybe you would benefit from something like that too qwerty?




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Wednesday, October 22nd 2008, 8:03pm

Hmm, possibly! maybe those gel freezy things that are used for breastfeeding...ha! OMG, maybe it will just go away. Have been moisturising hoping that will help.

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Wednesday, October 22nd 2008, 8:06pm

I keep looking at the cucumber in the fridge and thinking 'well, if works on eyes' :snigger:
Wont put cucumber in my bra though!

aqueous cream from the fridge is good :happy:




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Wednesday, October 22nd 2008, 8:08pm

What is aqueous cream?

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Wednesday, October 22nd 2008, 8:11pm

It's a nice thick moisturiser that's used for lots of skin complaints. It's really cheap from any pharmacy counter and comes in a big tub!
I keep it in the fridge and use it for my itchy bits and it's great, someone on here told me about it i think!




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Wednesday, October 22nd 2008, 8:13pm

hi, my belly was itchy and i mean itchy! i tried everything and in the end got Unguentum M from my gp - looks like lard (well kinda of, just reminds me of it) really thick and i had to put cream under it and then this lard stuff on top just to ease the itching....ask your gp or get the aqueous cream from your gp or boots...its really thick cream.

if your palms itch, then that could be a sign of something dangerous and you should get checked asap
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Wednesday, October 22nd 2008, 8:15pm

My boobs and nips have been itchy as well, ive found that wearing breast pads really helps especially at night, in fact if i don't wear them when i go to bed then i wake up to the skin being all ripped off and them weeping and bleeding.


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Wednesday, October 22nd 2008, 8:16pm

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Wednesday, October 22nd 2008, 8:19pm

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Thursday, October 23rd 2008, 7:35pm

ouch that does sound bad!
i seem to have developed a bit of a rash now on my thighs!
i find taking my bra off when i get home is great! Although my boobs have grown in size and running down the stairs nearly pokes my eyes out it is comfortable and less itchy
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Im almost 24 weeks pregnant and have itchy arms, legs and back. I've had this mild itching from about week 20. I've just read about a serious liver condition that can cause premature labour or still birth! The symptoms are severe itching but usually on palms and feet (which i havent had). Im a bit worried it could be this. Is itching normal? Im going to see my MW in about 10 days - do ou think i should insist on a blood test for this condition?
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Saturday, February 7th 2009, 7:33pm

Hi Jen

I am just 20 wks pregnant and my legs are really itchy and seem to be quite dry too ... i did read in a book this can be quite common during pregnancy, if it becomes unbearable i would mention it to your midwife?

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Monday, February 9th 2009, 10:25am

Obs Cholestasis usually shows as bad itching mainly on the hands and feet but can be anywhere on the body, there will not be a rash. A simple blood test to check the level of bile acids in the blood will confirm or deny it. The unit where i work if a woman rings with itching and no rash we bring them in for bloods that same day to find out, if the woman reports a rash then we advice a trip to GP instead as many other things cause rashes. In the cold weather most people have the heating on and hot dry skin combined with pregnancy hormones can be very itchy. It could be some other kind of skin problem or an allergy. An allergy can suddenly develop even when you have used a product for years and years. If you have no rash and are itching contact the antenatal people at your hospital, if you have a rash keep on with the GP.

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Monday, February 9th 2009, 11:01am

Ive had bad itching and my doctor did a blood test...Its all come back clear...
They did give me E45 to put on which ive got in my fridge and its helped a little...

Try not to worry... Go the doctors/ring your midwife, they should put your mind at ease.

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Is itching normal? Im going to see my MW in about 10 days - do ou think i should insist on a blood test for this condition?

Itching is very common indeed and i had it bad on and off all the way through my pregnancy. Mention it to your midwife or gp who will do a test for OC just to rule it out!

In the meantime, there are lots of good suggestions further up in this thread that you can try for releaving the itchyness.




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When does the itching tend to start cause its driving me mad?????

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When does the itching tend to start cause its driving me mad?????

I had it from about 18 weeks hun but it turned out to be just my skins reaction to the pregnancy hormones (which is the most likely cause).

OC tends to only be a problem later on in pregnancy but i would advise any pregnant woman with itching to have a blood test for OC just incase, the reassurance from the test results actually helped to ease my itching.




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Monday, February 9th 2009, 2:22pm

I do believe it is hormones cause have a heat rash across my belly and last night got a bit hot and face came out in blotches!!!!

Brought some cream for stretch marks but don't think my skin likes it. :sadface:

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Monday, February 9th 2009, 4:28pm

Try a different cream hun. The skin is so sensitive in pregnancy so perhaps that's it! I found bio oil to be fantastic.....and i only have one stretch mark too :D




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Monday, February 9th 2009, 5:55pm

thanx every1, i've been moisterising for the last couple of days and the itching has stopped. I havent got a rash and i will still spk to my mw about it on the 18th. would the itching stop with moisteriser if it was Cholestasis ?
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