If you’ve been around for a while, you’d know that I’ve been attending MommyCon since their very first conference in Las Vegas many moons ago. However, in previous years, I attended as a professional nanny and often used it as an opportunity to socialize with my crunchier friends. Of course I loved attending, but it wasn’t a big deal if I got caught up chatting with a friend or shopping in the expo hall.

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This year though, I fall into the expectant parent category, and have decided to use this as an opportunity to attend sessions that would benefit myself and my family not only as a new mom, but as a parent who wants to be informed and knowledgable on many of the topics that will be discussed throughout the day.

A few sessions that I’m looking forward to attending specifically include: Medications and More During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding, Your Vagina is Magical, and What Love Tastes Like. I will also be attending the PAXbaby Playdate during the lunch hour. I have big, big hopes for this year and I’m excited to share a recap, as well as my thoughts, after the event is over!

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I also have intentions to attend MILK: Orange County in November after our little bean makes his debut. If you’re planning on attending one of the remaining events throughout the year, I would love to know what sessions you’re looking forward to and what you hope to take away from attending! If you’d like to attend any of the remaining events for the year, but don’t have a ticket, use the code NATURALLYWC16 to get $5 off your ticket over on the MommyCon website.

I hope to see you there! :)

For the past two (almost three) weeks, I’ve been battling PUPPPs; also known as Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy. Sounds fun, right? I just wanted to share my experience with it and well as what I’ve been doing to keep it at bay and keep myself as comfortable as possible throughout the remainder of my pregnancy.

What is PUPPPs?
PUPPPs is a non-contageous, chronic hives-like rash that usually only happens during the third trimester of pregnancy. It is more common during pregnancies of multiples, and if the mama is having a boy (yay, me). Many sources say that it starts in the stretch marks or on the trunk and can spread to a large majority of the body, although it usually avoids the face.

It’s said that it almost always clears up within the first week postpartum. However, there are exceptions to everything Wikipedia says about this dang rash. Find out more details and specifics here.

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My Experience…
At around 30 weeks pregnant, I tested anemic and was told by my midwife that I needed to begin taking iron supplements in order to increase my levels so that they would be safe for the home birth that we were planning. I took ONE dose. The next morning I had a bit of itching on the back of my arms but nothing unbearable. The morning after that was a Saturday and when I woke up I was fiercely itchy and had very obvious skin irritation on the back of and under my arms as well as throughout the rest of my body.

After not sleeping on Saturday night due to being so itchy and uncomfortable, we ended up at the ER very early on Sunday morning. I was told I was having an allergic reaction to the iron, given prednisone and benedryl, and sent home. After a week of no improvement and purchasing every over the counter anti-itch remedy out there, I saw my GP and was given a topical steroid and told to take benedryl as needed. This is when told that it was a rebound reaction from coming off prednisone so quickly.

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By the following weekend, it had worsened even more and I was so itchy and uncomfortable I couldn’t even put on clothes. It literally felt like I had hives all over my entire body. I was taking benedryl every night just to be able to get a break enough to sleep for a few hours, as well as using topical anti-itch creams as needed just to get by. I must’ve spent over $100 at the drug store just trying to find something that worked.

Where We’re At Now…
It’s now been over two full weeks since the original onset, and I’m actually doing better than I expected to be since the only “cure” for PUPPPs is to give birth. I’m definitely more eager than I was previously for him to arrive, but I’m able to keep the itching and angry redness at bay by using witch hazel many, many times throughout the day upon recommendation from our Bradley instructor. However, I’m now also battling painfully dry skin and eczema in some areas, in addition to the rash itself and everything I’ve tried so far burns so bad I have to take it off.

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I’m still really hoping that I’ll be one of those cases where it miraculously goes away after a period of time before he’s born, but I’m not holding my breath. I’m just doing what I can to be able to continue on with life as normally as possible.

Have you ever heard of PUPPPs? Did you have it?

Note – All photos in this post were taken at 31.6 weeks pregnant, on August 14th, 2016. I am due with a baby boy on October 10th, 2016.

Baby’s Size – He’s now measuring in at close to eighteen inches and four pounds. Say whaaat? I feel like that’s so big and it’s hard to believe he’ll put on another two to four pounds before he’s to be born! I feel like he had a major growth spurt over the past few weeks. His movements are becoming more and more uncomfortable and I’m feeling like my belly is very large and in charge.

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Mini Update – Since I posted my 30 Week Bumpdate, we figured out I’ve been battling PUPPPs! It’s not fun, but I’ve managed to be able to keep it at bay – to the point where it looks worse than it feels – after talking to our Bradley instructor and following one of her recommendations. I actually had to take this past week off work because I couldn’t handle putting clothes on because I was so itchy.

Weight Gain – Not sure, probably somewhere in the 18-20lb range. I have a midwife appointment this afternoon, so I will update when I know.

Maternity Clothes? This week has been one of minimal clothing, but yes. 

Stretch Marks? Womp womp. I have three tiny baby ones on the under side of my belly – aka I spotted them in the mirror. Likely from itching my belly and having to keep my skin drier to keep my PUPPPs at bay. I’ve tried lots of things to moisturize, but everything burns and I end up having to take it off. I’m hoping that after a few weeks I’ll be able to have soft skin again.

Sleep – OH MY. Let’s just not talk about it. I can fall asleep at 11p, then wake up at 3a and be up for the day and not tired at all. There was also one night where I just didn’t sleep at all. Pretty sure my body is just preparing me for a newborn.

Best Moments – I’m loving attending our Bradley classes. It’s nice to be able to get together with people who have similar views and goals as ourselves weekly, yet we’re still learning a ton. We attend our Birth Details class through the birth center tonight and we got The Dude’s dresser and moved all his things into it.

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Food Cravings – We got a Ninja Blender and I’m OBSESSED. I like to mega crush ice, fill a cup with it, and pour apple juice over it so it’s like a slushy, then eat it with a spoon. So, so good. 

Gender – BOY!

Symptoms – Insomnia, like whoa. Just my body getting ready for him to be here. I’ve also noticed I’ve been super thirsty lately, but not as hungry as normal. I’m starting to feel physically uncomfortable and I’m having indigestion pretty often. Not heartburn, but the esophagus burning type stuff.

Belly Button – Still an innie. But so tiny.

Ring – Haven’t worn it. But I’m not swollen, so I’m pretty sure it still fits.

Emotions – A tad more all over the place, but still pretty level.

Looking Forward To – We only have eight or so weeks until my “due” date! I’m also super excited for my shower. I ordered my dress a few days ago and it will be here this week. My shower is a ladies only brunch and it’s going to be so fun!