I'm currently 7 weeks pregnant with my second, and two days ago, I started breaking out with the worst case of hives in my life! Like, all over my back, belly, arms and legs. That was the first night. Then, in the morning, it got better, but by the late afternoon, they started returning, but this time on my lower body. It led me to google hives during pregnancy, and I'm convinced this is a pregnancy-related ailment. I haven't changed any of my routines or what I've been eating, so I can only assume it's related to hormones. These hives get in the way of my sleeping too! So darn itchy! Anyone else have this experience? When did it first appear and how long did it last? What did you do to treat them? And, bonus question: Did you end up having a boy or twins? Hahaha. (Read somewhere that hives could occur during a first pregnancy, having a boy, or with multiples! Don't know how true that is, but just for fun....)
nectarine / 2132 posts
This happened to me! It started around 12 weeks and, like you said, they completely covered my body the first night. They'd get better during the day then return in the evening, though not nearly as severely as the first time.
It happened everyday throughout my pregnancy and probably for another 3-5 months postpartum. Then they would happen still occasionally up until a year postpartum. I definitely agree it's a pregnancy ailment, caused by hormones. Cold baths were a lifesaver for me!
Oh and I had a boy!
persimmon / 1331 posts
I got PUPPS, which is a pregnancy related rash, at 36 weeks, and it was my first pregnancy and I had a boy. It is so terribly itchy, and nothing really got rid of the itchiness, but my midwife prescribed a steroid cream that did help. Good luck, I was so miserable and I didn't have to deal with it that long! I hope for your sake it's not PUPPS!
honeydew / 7488 posts
I had a bad rash over my lower extremities starting around 6 weeks postpartum with my DD, and it did not go away until I stopped nursing (four months). It was definitely horomone related. I have never been so itchy in my life! Hope yours doesn't hang around too long..
persimmon / 1150 posts
I had PUPPS as well, lasted a few weeks at the end of pregnancy. I did oatmeal baths and lotion to help with the itchiness.... I had a girl.
kiwi / 540 posts
@jmarionsmith: This does not bode well for my future! LOL. I hate cold baths because I hate being cold, but I might change my tune, eh? It's just so strange because I didn't have this condition before!
nectarine / 2132 posts
@cranberryapple: I know, I felt so bad typing it because I knew it was not good news for you!! The cold baths do suck but it's such sweet relief from the itch that it's totally worth it! I'm 8 weeks pregnant right now and am expecting them to start any time...
Also, my OB referred me to a dermatologist because she had never seen it before (I do think it's pretty rare) and they prescribed a steroid cream. I used it for a few weeks because it did cool me off but it didn't prevent them. After a while I just felt uncomfortable using a steroid while I was pregnant so I quit. Cold compresses helped too! Avoid hot showers and sweating, if possible! They are definitely brought on by heat/friction.
blogger / pomegranate / 3044 posts
I got PUPPS at 30 weeks, went away about a week after LO was born. It was terrible! My back and butt were the worst, this belly shot is tame haha
cantaloupe / 6131 posts
I had some hives early on that went away after a few days, but if it gets really bad, you might want to check with your doctor to make sure its not cholestasis, which is a liver/gallblader condition in pregnancy.