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I AM SO ITCHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Everywhere, inside every pore in every hole everywhere and it's driving me CRAZY.

There was something that looked like a rash on my leg the other night and my legs were the only thing that itched, until suddenly the next day my entire body itched itched itched.
I wake up from the itching and it's so bad but there is no rash (anymore)...
What is happening to me?
Those who have read my posts over the past few weeks: I am absolutely freaked out about what has been happening throughout my third trimester. I am FREAKING OUT I ITCH SO BAD.
I would go to the doctor but my next appointment is next Monday and I have been inconveniencing them a lot lately. Everyone in the office knows me by name and I feel like such a hypochondriac but things are getting out of hand.

Anyway, the itching- it's all over my body in every crevice and on every surface and it hasn't gone away no matter what. I haven't changed detergents and I'm not taking any medicine. Witch Hazel, aloe vera, creams, you name it I have tried and nothing works. I only find relief from scratching and from cold... so I've been taking cold showers to relieve the itch. Someone please help me know what this is I am itching so bad and it's keeping me up and I could just scratch for HOURSSS ugh god.
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replied November 15th, 2008
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You can always call your doctor's office. There could be something they could recommend over the phone without you needing to go in to be seen.

Having said that, you should never feel ashamed about bringing medical concerns to your doctor. That's what s/he's there for. And if you think about it, something you experience that seems minor might actually be a symptom of a more serious condition - and waiting for your next appointment instead of having it checked out could be a huge mistake.

Any time you have concerns, put your embarrassment to the side and just call. Even if the office staff thinks you're freaking out over nothing, it's always better to be safe. Your job right now is to take care of yourself and keep your body (and unborn baby) healthy - and that means doing whatever you need to do, even if others think you're being silly. Don't worry about what they think, and don't worry about whether you're inconveniencing them. Like I said, it's what they're there for.
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replied November 17th, 2008
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E45 Itch relief cream might help, Im sure you can use it while pregnant.
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replied March 7th, 2009
I am having the same problem
Even I am having the same problem.I am 7 months pregnant and spending sleepless nights due to itching.I am adviced by my doctor to take Udiliv.Is it safe?
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replied March 7th, 2009
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I had the itching when I was prego with my twins. They did a liver enzyme test and found it was good. That could be one reason. The other....allergic to being pregnant. I thought it was crazy. But I was told that because the hormones are so out of whack, they can cause crazy things. That plus your mind and body are afraid of hurting the child inside you. Get the liver test done first and if that comes back good, just hang in there. I had the rash too. It looked like poison ivy or that a bug of some sort bit me. I worked in a Drs. office at the time and they tested it. That's where I found out I was literally aleergic to being pregnant. I was at the end of my 2nd tri-mester then. Good luck and let me know. katch
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replied March 8th, 2009
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i have a bug-bite rash, im 20 weeks and i itch soooooo bad, im covered in what looks like bug bites, and to make it worse, i have psoriasis which is also driving me nut and NOTHING works!! i scratch somuch i bleed and then i have to put antiseptic spray on because i get infected so easily, and that makes the itching worse!!! any ideas?
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replied March 9th, 2009
Liver test done
Thanks Katch!I have done my liver test as per my doc's instruction and it was okk.I am still taking Udilive twice a day and from yesterday,i am feeling better as i slept for the whole night after 7 days or so.Touch wood!
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replied March 16th, 2009
Itchy!
I too am wondering what is going on! I am covered in bug bite looking bumps over my entire body. It started on my arms and legs and then spread the next few days while I was on a round of oral steroids. They didn't help, the benadryl made me sleepy but I have taken it at night to help me sleep! I wake up bloody where I have scratched in the middle of the night. The itching is so intense then and in the morning the bug bite looking rash looks more like hives. The worst part is this morning, it spread to my face! It's still in the reddish, purple, welt stage but if it does as the rest of my body had done, it will soon look like the chicken poxs. I am only 30 weeks and I can't even imagine having to endure this for 10 more weeks. I really will go insane. My Dr. doesn't know what it is and sent me to a dermatologist today. He had no answer either, just suggested the menthol type of Sarna so I can at least have some relief with the cool sensation of it. I was hoping for a cure, or a reason why I have this and why it has continued to get worse the past couple weeks. Does anyone know? Could it have something to do with my liver being overtaxed? This is my third pregnancy and I've never had any skin issue before. I am also putting aloe vera in the freezer to use and taking Dandelion Root. Hoping to find some relief!!!
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replied May 11th, 2009
itching is driving me crazy
I am 4wks pregnant & I am absolutely going insane with itchyness. I get small pink bumps- & generalized redness with the itching. At first started on my forearms & has now spread to my abdomen, legs, chest, & back. I had some labs drawn already... but am getting more done later this week. I don't think I can stand this if it lasts the whole time. I have tried everything & the products/OTC drugs have only given be a few hours of relief at a time & then it flares up again. Up until now I have led a fairly healthy life with no apparent health conditions. I am going crazy. Any recommendations would help! I am a nurse and to bat work in the mother-baby department & I can't think of anything that might help. I am so miserable. PLEASE HELP!
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replied May 29th, 2009
Itching!
I have the same thing! It is not confirmed yet that we are pregnant but we would be 3-4 weeks and I literally woke myself up last night and was scratching all up and down my arms vigorously and then in my palms. I have one small bug bite looking spot on my right palm still that itches like crazy!! It wasn't until I googled it that I realized that it had to do with your liver and the expansion of your uterus. I have even lost a little weight as I have been more health conscious since we're ttc but my jeans keep fitting more and more snug around my abdomen. This really as much as it's irritating may be a good sign for us.
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replied October 13th, 2009
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Could be ICP, look it up itchymoms.com, it could be a serious condition, that could affect the health of your baby!
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replied October 30th, 2009
Hi All, i'm 33 weeks pregnant and facing the same problem of itching. its driving me crazy too. going through sleepless nights bcoz of it. i called up my doc for the same and i have been advised to take Udiliv and levocetrizine and to apply Betnovate N on the affected part. i also apply olive oil and lactocalamine lotion just to keep my skin moisturized. it is helping me to some extent. but it is useful if u keep doing it every hour..

Meeshiree
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replied February 15th, 2010
17 Weeks Preggers & Itching All Over!
I am 17 weeks pregnant with my second child, and I've been dealing with full body itching. I had what I thought was an allergic reaction about two weeks ago on the side of my breasts, painful red bumps along the side onto my nipples from some new clothing I got, but it went away after two days and a bath. My doctor just recommended benadryl in pills or cream form if it happened again, but now I'm itching all over and I'm not sure if it was related or not. I sometimes scratch until I get bloody even if I use moisturizers, because the itching is so intense and doesn't go away. I already use a very mild soap because I've sensitive skin, and have used it since I was a teenager. I haven't gotten anything new detergent or anything since this started happening, and its driving me nutters. Today, I got a red raised area on the right side of my face, but it wasn't quite a welt like hive but it was noticeable. I never had itching like this with my first child, and my skin is so sensitive to just about everything these days.
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replied February 19th, 2010
Obstetric Cholestasis
For those of you who are itchy in your third trimester, you should research Obstetric Cholestasis because it is a serious condition during pregnancy and needs specific medical attention. If your OB isn't familiar with it, find an OB who is! You need to get your liver function test and Acid Bile levels checked out. It can be life threatening for you and your unborn child.
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replied March 24th, 2010
This is called Cholestasis. I had it during my previous pregnancy 1 1/2 yrs ago. The medication they prescribe for it is called Ursodiol. Many OB's have not heard of it, and for many pregnant woment all their liver enzyme tests come back normal (which is common) making it hard for Dr.'s to treat. I slept about 2 hrs a night!! It was awful, the only thing that helped was being put on prednisone (steroids) which led to diabetes. There is a wonderful group with a wealth of knowledge on this subject called itchy moms . Look through the site,. It can be serious for your baby and you need to be educated and started on meds. Good luck!! I know how horrible it is, and to this day I still have itching flare ups!

Jennifer
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replied March 23rd, 2011
There is hope and relief for the itching! Been there!
I had to post a reply after going through the same thing and finally getting results. I am 23 weeks pregnant and my itching started on my legs about 3 weeks ago and just got worse and spread to itching almost everywhere. I had my regular appt. last Wed. and the dr. prescribed me atarax but on 10 mg at a time 3x a day. By Sunday after not sleeping for days and nothing helping I called my ob's office to let them know I was headed to the emergency room (yes it was that bad, I was crying from being so exhausted from itching and no sleep. The itching literally consumed my life 24/7) The on call dr. was my savior. He said that dosage of atarax that was prescribed he would have given my children. He said take 40-50mg every 4-5 hours and go get zantac and take 150 mg 3 times a day. Atarax like benadryl is an H1 skin receptor. Zantac is an H2 skin receptor. Its a stomach acid reducer but somehow because it is a histamine it helps. I dont know but he knew what he was talking about. That was basically for the histamines to build up in my body so that I could finally get some rest. They did put me on a steroid and today is Wednesday and I am happy to say I have slept for the past 3 nights. I no longer need the atarax during the day, just at night to help me sleep. I did have my blood tested for cholestasis but it came back normal. Hope this helps anyone out there with the same problem. It was hell for me so I wanted to give help to anyone going through the same thing. I felt silly crying over some itching but if you have been in the same position then you know what its like!
Gloria
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replied July 30th, 2011
itching no rash at 7 month
hi ,i had itching but no rashes at 7 months , it was very bad with 3 sleepless nights.i got the bile acid test for liver desease , it came back normal..i was prescribed atarax but i didn't take and wanted to try coconut oil .i applied coconut oil all over my body 2-3 times a day and it worked like miracle. itching was very minimal the first day and next day almost gone..please try this hope it helps ..i am soo happy to find some home remedy ..
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replied August 26th, 2011
coco butter!!! it works wonders lol i'm serious i was pg with twins and itched like crazy i started using coco butter for strech marks and the itching went away my cousin was pg the same time i was and i noticed her scrach all the time and i asked her about it and she said she felt like she was alergic to being pg and i told her about the coco butter a couple days later she called me to say thank you the coco butter helped her too. maybe it can help all you itchy mommas too! hope this helps!
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replied March 10th, 2012
im only 2 and a bit weeks away from my due date and my itching only started about a week ago, its only ever round my jawline, across my chest n up my arms, theres no bumpy rash and its not red until i scratch it...any ideas whats going on there?
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replied July 31st, 2012
Hi I am 25 weeks pregnant. Found my bile acids livel are high. I am on Urso 300mg twice a day. Is it will affect my baby? Any body had healthy baby with this medication. Please reply.
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