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tired of scratching my itchy bump (yes that's BUMP), anything I can do to soothe it?

(23 Posts)
CatIsSleepy Wed 29-Oct-08 13:07:46

eg is that bio-oil stuff any good...?

EisGotASeveredHeadinherHandbag Wed 29-Oct-08 13:11:21

have you spoken to your midwife about the itchiness? i had a terribly itchy bump in late preg with DD and i ended up on antihistamines prescribed by my gp as nothing would help!! i used palmers coacoa butter amd oilatum cream but it only served to soothe the itchiness for a very short whilesmile it might be worth speaking to your MW for some information or to point you in the right directionsmile
xx ei xx

CatIsSleepy Wed 29-Oct-08 13:14:21

i haven't yet Eis, could do at my next appointment though.
tried some cocoa butter this morning, doesn't seem to have helped at all...
am only 20 weeks, this shouldn't be happening yet!

aj13 Wed 29-Oct-08 13:17:20

No i used palmers cocoa butter and used baby oil in my bath and showers with NO stretch marks at all.
I got recommended bio-oil by mw n as soon as i used it stretch marks took over EVERYWHERE im not kidding my stomach and top of thighs r covered.
It could be different for you bt im not going to risk it again next time round!!

EisGotASeveredHeadinherHandbag Wed 29-Oct-08 13:20:48

CIS i would definitely speak to your midwife about it as you are quite early on and there is a liver disorder that can cause this aswell as you are presumabley not getting stretched too much yet which was my problem. are your hands or feet itchy aswell??
xx ei xx

CatIsSleepy Wed 29-Oct-08 13:21:06

bio-oil gave you stretch-marks?

CatIsSleepy Wed 29-Oct-08 13:22:50

Eis-hands and feet are fine, it's just my tummy
am trying to remember if the itchiness started this early last time...but of course, I can't!
it's not terrible, just a bit annoying, and mainly at the sides of my bump just under my ribs or above my hips

EisGotASeveredHeadinherHandbag Wed 29-Oct-08 13:23:23

disorder is called obstetric choleastasis btw just for future reference! my friend had this from about 28 weeks and had to be monitored until she had her DD
xx ei xx

CatIsSleepy Wed 29-Oct-08 13:24:42

thanks for the info Eis...will keep an eye on things and mention it to the midwife next time

babyinbelly Wed 29-Oct-08 13:58:25

Hi, I think the liver thing is more common later in preg.

I am 22weeks and had the most awful itchy belly a few weeks back. I think it is just as the skin begins to stretch. Don't think it is anything to worry about at this stage.

CatIsSleepy Wed 29-Oct-08 14:31:19

bib...did you find anything to make it less itchy?

CatIsSleepy Wed 29-Oct-08 14:56:34

bumping...for my itchy bump grin

kraftwerkkittie Wed 29-Oct-08 15:25:47

i'm having the same thing although further on than you, cat. i haven't found anything to stop it - I only get solace at the very moment when I'm rubbing oil/moisturiser in, after that it's back to itchiness. If it wasn't so cold I'd probably not wear clothes either because they seem to make it more irritible

I've used Bio-oil, palmers cocoa butter, almond oil, normal body moisturiser and boots coconut oil. My bump does smell delightful but gah does it itch!

CatIsSleepy Wed 29-Oct-08 15:34:48

ah well, looks like I'll have to keep scratching grin

Habbibu Wed 29-Oct-08 15:37:16

Try getting double-base on prescription from GP - it's very very good, and I was scratching till I bled when pregnant with dd2 until i started using it. Also try to keep the area cool - I used an ice-pack wrapped in a towel.

CatIsSleepy Wed 29-Oct-08 15:45:10

ooh have never heard of that, thanks Habb

MummyTheQueenOfDarkness Wed 29-Oct-08 15:46:13

sorry for hijack ! cat sorry i missed you but wanted to congratulate you on your baby news too !!!

Habbibu Wed 29-Oct-08 16:19:28

It's good - you can buy it over the counter, but as your prescriptions are free right now I'd ask your GP. I first had it prescribed for an itchy pregnancy bump, but have used it a lot for other dry skin conditions since (my psoriasis, dh's eczema, etc).

DeJaVousdoo Wed 29-Oct-08 16:21:56

Ice cold nettle tea applied to the skin really helps, if you've got a little spray bottle to put in all the better.

babyinbelly Wed 29-Oct-08 16:50:46

Sorry I didn't find anything that helped but it was relatively short lived. couple of weeks. Second that wearing clothes makes it worse, particularly over bump style trousers.

SunshineSmith Wed 29-Oct-08 17:02:01

I am half way through my prenancy and a couple of weeks ago i had that horrid itiching in my tummy, bum and thighs.... arghghg! Thought i was getting a horrid disease but hey presto, it has now dissapeared!

I love Bio Oil been using it since 10 weeks, lovely feel and smell albeit silly expensive. x

CatIsSleepy Wed 29-Oct-08 17:13:00

aw thanks ML! nettle tea? do you make that yourself? sorry if that's a silly question...

bib i can't bear over-the-bump trousers either grin

DeJaVousdoo Wed 29-Oct-08 18:57:13

You can buy nettle tea bags or you can use wild stinging nettles if you can find some. Just make a strong cup/pot of tea and let it cool. Once it's cold just pop in in the fridge, preferably in a spray bottle.

I used to make a new batch each day just to be sure it didn't go yukky.

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