As spring heads toward summer, my baby boy is growing and developing right on schedule. He’s approximately the length of a carrot now (about 10 inches long), weighs ¾ of a pound and for the next several weeks, I’ll be gaining around a pound a week. Not to sound like a broken record, but yep, I still feel great! I am amazed at how easily I’ve had it so far.
Not that I haven’t had some pregnancy-induced symptoms; I have. Most notably, starting at about 18 weeks, I developed a very itchy rash. First on my right hip, then a few days later, also on my left hip. The small bumps have been itching like crazy for three weeks now and from what I’ve read, it will probably last until I give birth. I did what any good pregnant woman does and I Googled it, and talked to my midwife about it at today’s visit.
From what I’ve read (and the terrifying Google images that popped up), I have a very mild case of the itchies compared to what some pregnant women go through. And the bumps have disappeared this last week, although the itch remains. My midwife assured me that it is not PUPPPs (Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy); its just a basic rash most likely caused by hormones and increased blood volume.
Since it’s a fairly mild rash, instead of going for an OTC cortisone cream (safe, I’m told), I’ve opted so far to simply rub on my new favorite belly balm: Medicine Mama’s Apothecary Sweet Bee Magic All-in-One Skin Healing Cream. It not only keeps my belly super moisturized, but it’s also helping alleviate the non-stop itching. I also like it because it’s an organic mixture of honey, olive oil, beeswax, propolis (suppresses histamines—aha!) and not much else. And so far, it is truly the most moisturizing product I have found. I slather it on every morning and by evening, my skin still feels soft and soothed.
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