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My Stomach is Burning!! 
25th-Apr-2008 10:08 pm [itching, skin issues]
Okay ladies, google is doing nothing for me right now and I need some answers. I want to chalk this up to just a stomach stretched beyond possibility but just to be sure.  Okay...for a while, my lower stomach has  an itching, pinching,  stinging feeling...like the feeling you feel maybe when someone is plucking hairs one by one, or like you just fell and scraped your knee. So yeah, I had felt this every once in a while before, but for this past week, it lasts ALL day, and is painful!! I'll be asleep and it'll sting out of nowhere and my body literally jolts and wakes me up because it's so sharp. It doesn't feel like it's inside my stomach, it definitely feels like a surface/skin thing, I don't know. I don't even know what else to say about it besides I wish "bugs would stop eating at my skin." Anyone know what this could be? Or is it just super stretched skin finally taking it's toll on me?

26th-Apr-2008 02:16 am (UTC)
I had that too and it sucked. Just have to grin and bear it. you're almost to the end.
26th-Apr-2008 02:53 am (UTC)
Look up PUPPPs online. Your best bet is oat meal - eat it, spread it all over your belly (salt it first), buy aveeno oatmeal lotion, etc. Benadryl topical gel may also help.
26th-Apr-2008 03:00 am (UTC)
I'm doing research on it...but my itching doesn't involve rash of any sort...
26th-Apr-2008 03:03 am (UTC)
It might not be out yet as a rash, just as an itch... that happens. Anyway, the list of treatments that you find for PUPPPs is likely to be helpful to you, since it's the list of general auto-immune itch/rash cures, whether caused by pregnancy or not.
26th-Apr-2008 03:04 am (UTC)
Thanks...my first step...this tube of Benadryll that happens to be sitting next to the desk...(I'm at my mothers...lol)
26th-Apr-2008 03:06 am (UTC)
Yep, that should help.

That said, try to find other ways to feel comfortable also (cold shower, oatmeal compresses, etc) because if you use benadryl cream over and over, it will start to lose potency for you. But right now it should work BEAUTIFULLY. Best wishes,

Katya (a doula in NYC)
26th-Apr-2008 05:15 am (UTC)
i agree with this.

and for the OP, for me, what helps, is a warm bubble bath and a magazine, then a shower with oatmeal/almond soap (2 different kinds). i do this at night and in the morning and it helps me sleep/get through the day. i dont have all the bumps that would come with a rash, i have a couple, but the itch is so bad and unbearable. just gotta keep with it.
26th-Apr-2008 03:45 am (UTC)
Honestly, that sounds more like stretchmarks than PUPPS to me. The burning feeling, followed by the itching, was pretty much how I would describe the sensation of developing a stretch mark.
27th-Apr-2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
26th-Apr-2008 05:54 am (UTC)
Are you moving around when it happens? Sometimes, I would roll over in the night and get the most fucking INTENSE TEARING-SKIN pain ever. It felt kind of like a rubberband snapping on my skin, but we're talking severe pain (how could it hurt so bad??). My best guess was that it was literally my skin "popping" a stretch mark right then and there. It made me shriek with pain whenever it happened. (It usually happened on my upper/outer thighs. I had gained too much weight, plus I was incredibly swollen (my whole legs were like sausages), and that's where the skin was tightest.)

26th-Apr-2008 10:14 am (UTC)
I've been feeling a lot of stinging, like I have a sunburn all over my belly. In my case it does seem to be skin stretching, sometimes it's painful enough that I don't even want to have a shirt on.

I have some lotion that helps tremendously -- it's a really creamy "body balm" from Body Shop, and I keep it in the most air-conditioned room in the house so it's always nice and cool when I put it on.
26th-Apr-2008 06:11 pm (UTC)
It means that after the baby comes, your belly is just going to fall off your body!!! Just kidding!! You're in the last weeks of your pregnancy. Even THINKING is uncomfortable!! It's just the way it is. You can see the light at the end of the uncomfortable tunnel. Positive thoughts, mama! Rub on some lotion and get a humidifier.
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