About 1 in 250 pregnant woman will have the pleasure (sarcasm) of experiencing PUPP’s during their pregnancy. I was lucky enough to be one of those mamas, and let me tell you, it was far from pleasant.
PUPP’s stands for Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy. It is a itchy rash that develops on expectant mothers stomachs, usually within the third trimester of pregnancy or at the begging of postpartum. While the rash may begin on your stomach, it does have the ability to spread to your extremities. Lovely.
About 75% of the woman who develop PUPP’s are first time moms. Aside from first time pregnancy, doctors know very little about what actually causes PUPP’s. Many believe it has to do with the elevated levels of hormones.
While the sight of red bumps covering your baby bump may be alarming at first, PUPP’s is usually not something to be overly concerned about. You should contact your doctor to discuss methods of relief from the itchiness. Some mothers report Oatmeal baths to be shooting. My doctor recommended a non-drowsy anti-histamine. Mid-potency, topical steroids are another remedy option you could discuss with your doctor.
Either way, remember that this is temporary. Good luck, mama!