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Are stretchmarks generally itchy?

(6 Posts)
LissyGlitter Fri 30-Oct-09 13:47:51

I'm on my second pregnancy at 36 weeks, but didn't get stretchmarks first time. Last couple of days I have noticed oval raised areas on my bump, sightly reddened, that itch like mad. Are these stretchmarks or am I allergic to something? I do tend to be quite "rashy" anyway.

CakeForBreakfast Fri 30-Oct-09 16:55:33

Sorry to hear you are itchy, its not fun

With my first pregnancy and this one (currently 39 weeks), All new stretchmarks were itchy. I am also quite a rashy person, and I have had PUPPS rash which usually starts actually inside the stretchmarks, it makes them angry and red, and if you get it baaaaad like me, spreads and becomes red and pimply or blotchy.

If it is PUPPS you will know about it as it often spreads quite quick (it also comes about typically from 35weeks).

I've my fingers crossed for you that it isn;t PUPPS and is just itchy stretchmarks (also normal). Mind was so hideous the GP ended up prescribing antihistamines.

HTH

Abubu Fri 30-Oct-09 17:02:23

Hi,

Yes, sorry but it sounds like you do indeed have stretch marks.

I had loads and there were really itchy!

LissyGlitter Mon 02-Nov-09 10:15:07

Meh. I now have a couple on my boobs as well. I did worry it might be something else as the new ones are pretty much circles of red with dry skin inside. Is there anything I can do to fade them? Not too bothered about my belly but I like to have impressive cleavage and looking like I have the plague doesn't really help!

I am expanding at an alarming rate though. 37 weeks and I had to squeeze into my maternity clothes this morning! This baby needs to hurry up and be born!

sh77 Tue 03-Nov-09 23:37:21

I never experienced this but I read on another forum that Grandpa's Tar Soap (or something like that) helps to relieve PUPPS itchiness.

benjysmum Wed 04-Nov-09 00:23:03

Try moisturising as often as you can. That should help to make them itch less. Bio Oil is quite good for scars, stretch marks etc but can be expensive. Palmers Cocoa Butter is another good option.

Personally, I have used all of the above and e45 at different times during my pg and have been fortunate to avoid lots of stretch marks.

Hope this helps!!

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