A few weeks ago, I shared that not only was I now 32 weeks pregnant, but that I was also suffering from PUPPs Pregnancy Rash. That post very briefly described the rash, as well as my experience with it. I’m sharing my story because although statistics say that PUPPs happens in 1 in 200-300 pregnancies, no one I’ve talked to has a deep knowledge of what it is and how pregnancy can be affected by it. I also wanted to share the things that are working for me to keep myself from getting too itchy and welty, as well as some theories I have as to what brought the rash on.
A lot of the information online says that there is no specific cause to PUPPs, but I personally don’t believe that to be true. In my case, I believe that the iron I took overloaded my liver enough for it to freak out and not know what to do – hence the initial rash. I’ve read many forums and personal experiences over the past few weeks and found that heavy iron intake (with no other food or environmental changes) to be the cause of onset for many other women as well.
I also believe that my dairy intake is directly correlated to how severe my rash is. We’d been out of milk for a few days and my rash had been doing really well. Minimal itching, no welty patches, my upper arms were almost clear. However, after about four days with minimal dairy I made the poor decision to have Chick Fil A for dinner (grilled nuggets dipped in ranch) and to stop on the way home from work and get a milk shake. Seven hours after I had the milk shake and I was a complete mess. I had huge, red welty spots all over my belly, upper arms, armpits, and upper legs and I can’t get the itch to calm down.
Now, I intended to completely cut out dairy around 36 weeks as a precaution due to the severe dairy allergy I had as an infant and child, but I’m going to cut it out now. I want to see what happens and whether or not my skin improves over the next few weeks. I will definitely post updated pictures to share what happens.
Up until last night, my skin had been doing really well for a week. These are the products that I had been using, and will continue to use until the rash is gone. I used the witch hazel and wipes as needed, any time I began to itch. Because it’s not medicated, you can apply it as often as you need to. I then apply the lotion after my showers and before bed, or if I knew I was going somewhere where my itching needed to remain under control. Because my skin was becoming dry and I was having eczema patches flare up, I used the aquaphor any place where my skin was painfully dry and cracking. For me, this was my wrists and inside of my elbows.
Witch Hazel // Aquaphor // Sarna Sensitive Lotion // Witch Hazel Wipes