Yes. I'm 39+1 with my second and have had it both pregnancies. It is particularly common on the bump to Feel Itchy all the time and is the result of your skin stretching. I had nights where I had to lie on my hands to Stop myself scratching my skin raw. Try and think of something else and distract yourself as it doesn't last forever xx
Bkpage03, another person here who had OC in pregnancy. Aloe Vera gel and cold wraps (I bought some things called 'chillow pillow' targeted at women having hot flushes, they were gel filled and you added cold water, I used to wrap my feet in them, sheer bliss) kept me sane until DD was delivered at 37+2. The fact that the bump isn't itchy makes it very likely to be OC. They should test for raised bile salts.
Oldbirdy, was you induced because of it?! I don’t want to be induced so am worried about going to the doctors! It’s only the evenings where it creeps up on me. The minute i scratch myself, that’s when it starts! X
Bkpage03 if it is OC they will most likely, depending on the severity, recommend early induction (37 to 38 weeks). You can of course refuse. Be aware the reason they do this is because of increased stillbirth risk. The risk is, I understand, thought to correspond to your bile salt levels so best to be tested and make an informed choice.
It may of course be something else. But please get checked out.
Bkpage: I wasn't exactly induced- I had a sweep which triggered labour - but I would have been induced at 37+4 if the sweep hadn't worked. OC sadly carries a risk of still birth if you go full term. It's one of those situations where a healthy baby safely delivered is the ultimate goal, in precedence to birth plans. Fwiw I was induced with another labour and it was manageable.
I've been unbearably itchy since 30 weeks, mostly legs and upper arms, and it's significantly worse at night to the extent that I can't sleep and I lie awake till 4am crying because I'm so frustrated and exhausted. The midwife's first thought was that it was OC but they tested my blood and I don't have it. So they have now said it's probably just hormones or a temporary allergy caused by pregnancy, and have told me to moisturise with aqueous cream and get rid of potential triggers.
I've tried everything to get rid of the itching - bought non-bio detergent, stopped using laundry softener, stopped using scented moisturisers and shower gel - nothing has worked. Even the aqueous cream isn't helping. However my DH has pointed out that I'm more itchy after I've showered even if I've only used water. My skin has become really dry so perhaps the water is washing away what little natural oil is on my skin. So I've started keeping my body dry and washing only the essential bits with the handheld shower. It's gross not having a proper shower for days/weeks on end but it has made the itching subside to the point where I can sleep!
It does sound just like mine, worse in the evenings and at night. the backs of my hands were raw, and my gosh my ankles and feet by 36weeks; scratching didn't even reach the itch.
If it is OC they will want to try and get you to as close to 37weeks as they can without harm to you or baby. At 37weeks gestation baby is not classed as prem, and we were home the day after dance was born.
Thanks all. Went to the docs & I had slightly abnormal bloods come back. They’ve prescribed antihistamines & some cream for the time being. Need to go to the hospital on Wednesday for further bloods to monitor it! X