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Can I do anything about this whole body itching?

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otchayaniye Tue 21-Jun-11 20:37:00

31 weeks pregnancy, had some itching in first pregnancy but this time it's something else. All over the body and constant. Bicarb baths, calamine etc and plain lotion not helping.

I have heard of taking benadryl and will speak to midwife, but in the meatime, anything that has helped you?

MardyBra Tue 21-Jun-11 20:39:53

link here A friend of mine had this and it was quite serious. I would get it checked out asap.

Good luck.

otchayaniye Tue 21-Jun-11 20:47:33

Thanks Mardy, but I do regular urine collections for preeclampsia and see a consultant or midwife every two weeks and they've not mentioned this. But I will ask (and had come across this and was aware) next week.

I think it's normal itching, just on the bad side of normal!

Plus no itching at all on palms and soles of feet. And I feel well in myself.

MardyBra Tue 21-Jun-11 20:50:48

I'm not an expert - just saw your post and thought about my friend who had to be treated urgently. Maybe someone who knows more will come along soon.
Good luck with sorting it out and the rest of your pregnancy. smile

otchayaniye Tue 21-Jun-11 21:28:37

Cheers -- I really appreciate it and will ask. Hope your friend was ok in the end.

tidybaby Tue 21-Jun-11 21:39:25

Not to frighten you, but I had OC in my first pregnancy (ended up being induced because of it), and I didn't have itching on hands/feet, just my bump. If I remember correctly, it was picked up via blood test (but it was a long-ish time ago so my memory may be skewed). So I'd definitely get it checked out if I were you.

JarethTheGoblinKing Tue 21-Jun-11 21:40:15

please please get yourself checked out first thing in the morning.

timetosmile Tue 21-Jun-11 21:43:24

Please get yourself to your GP's tomorrow, and take an early morning wee sample too.
You may need blood taking to check the way your liver is working....don't stay up all night worrying(!) it's a really common annoyance in pregnancy, but you do need to rule out some more uncommon but more serious problems before just heading for the anti-itch stuff!

Heathcliffscathy Tue 21-Jun-11 21:44:29

you need your bloods taken for a liver function test. really, please get this ruled out, the risk to the fetus can be minimised if you get medication and get your bile acids down as early as poss. also if it is OC, they will want to induce you, please PM me if it is as there are hospitals and consultants that take a much more conservative approach then others. they wanted to induce me at 33 weeks, but i found a consultant who would go to nearly 38 and ds2 came on his own (after loads of acupuncture and reflexology at 37.4 smile

get a blood test tho, just for peace of mind.

MardyBra Tue 21-Jun-11 23:20:09

Otch. Yes my friend was fine in the end but agree with the others who say get yourself checked out. Let us know how you get on.

otchayaniye Wed 22-Jun-11 00:13:59

Thanks, I'm early tomorrow but will cal the midwife and go in later for tests. Blimey, just over the hump with preeclampsia and growth scan worries -- now this. Sigh (itch)

Itching is common though, isn't it

JarethTheGoblinKing Wed 22-Jun-11 00:21:12

It IS common but it's always something that needs checking..

you'll most likely be fine, but it does need checking

(sorry, I think you've probably got the message now blush )

Meglet Wed 22-Jun-11 00:22:11

It can be v.serious. Please do it first thing. Sod work and call the midwife / gp / ante-natal ward. Don't leave it until the end of the day.

I never itched in either pregnancy, but my bump didn't itch when it stretched so maybe I'm an un-itchy person.

JarethTheGoblinKing Wed 22-Jun-11 00:23:13

Oh lordy, I itched like crazy, but it was all stretchmarks.

If you skin if itching with no reason it is most likely OC and you need a LFT.

MardyBra Wed 22-Jun-11 17:38:39


Did you get checked out OP?

nicolamumof3 Wed 22-Jun-11 18:39:04

ok how bad does the itching have to be?? My bump is seriously itchy im constantly scratching! but nowhere else on body 36+4.

Blobby11 Wed 22-Jun-11 18:48:48

I've had this - itching all over, especially on my bump, but not on my palms and feet.

My GP diagnosed a fungal skin infection on my bump blush and prescribed some steroid cream for it which cleared it up.

She said the itching on the rest of my body was caused by dryness. I tried E45 which didn't work but then she recommended Aveeno cream which was really good. You can get it without prescription but may as well get your GP to prescribe while you get free prescriptions!

QueeferSutherland Wed 22-Jun-11 18:58:06

Bump itching is perfectly normal.

All over or hand & feet itching can be very serious.

Give the labour ward a bell tonight.

otchayaniye Wed 22-Jun-11 20:02:39

Hi. Well, I had a bad night (didn't fall asleep until 2am and then uncharacteristically daughter woke and wouldn't sleep for four hours!!) so by wake up time of 5.45 am I'd had one hour's sleep.

Did half a day's work and went straight off to maternal assessment unit and saw midwives for traces etc, bloods done, urine done (just did all this with the preeclampsia doc on Monday....) and waited another 2-1/2 hours for a doc, who prescribed piriton for now (never picked it up as after 5 hours at the hospital I was 'itching' to get home) and told me to call for blood results tomorrow.

So 5 hours in a hot airless corridor in Kings for an inconclusive result. Yarghhhhh. Funnily enough, a woman saw me itching and asked me if I had OC as she had it too.

In fact the only itching I don't have is hands and feet. I have no other OC symptoms.

I'll lt you know what they say. But huge thanks to all for prompting me to go. I had searched and had come across it but kind of poo poohed it as symptoms were slightly different.

I did itch in my previous pregnancy but I also had preeclampsia and had my daughter at 36/37 weeks so maybe I got her out in time and it never came to this, but I could have had it?

LadyPeterWimsey Wed 22-Jun-11 20:09:43

I had itching with Ds1 - it was utterly hideous but turned out to be nothing sinister. Which was some consolation given I was up every two hours all night sitting in a cold bath. I eventually took the Piriton and it subsided after a few days. When it started to return with in the next pregnancy, I took the Piriton instantly and it never took hold in the same way.

Huge sympathy - it is awful.

TheOriginalFAB Wed 22-Jun-11 20:11:43

Mine was very mild but I still nearly lost DS. Please keep an eye on the baby's movements and chase up the test results.

otchayaniye Fri 24-Jun-11 10:17:55

All my tests have come back fine (including preeclampsia bloods and urine) so phew. Still itching like a bastard and not sure if piriton is really taking the edge off.

That said, I meet a consultant or a midwife weekly now so will ask for bloods to be taken for this in case it develops. And I'll watch fetal movement (I do anyway) and also will self refer if I get itching on hands and feet.

Thanks so much again (I wouldn't have rushed in if you hadn't have been so emphatic) and good luck to you all.

MardyBra Fri 24-Jun-11 11:14:15

Glad you're OK otchayaniye. I know it's a pain getting checked out but worth it for peace of mind, I'm sure. Hope the rest of your pregnancy goes OK.

starkadder Fri 24-Jun-11 19:55:30

HI there

I did have OC so also had terrible itching. I found that oatmeal baths helped somewhat. Get some porridge oats, put them in the foot of a pair of tights, tie that up and chuck it in the bath. Bath water goes all oaty and creamy but without actual oats in it (due to tights). It does help a bit, at least while you're in there...!

JoleneJoleneJoleneJoleeene Fri 24-Jun-11 20:05:03

What tests have they done? If this continues be persistent

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