Skin Rash (PUPPP) During Pregnancy

A common symptom with pregnancy is skin rash or PUPPP. Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy affects one out of 150 pregnancies. It produces an itchy, bumpy rash that is benign but very uncomfortable. Pregnant women notice it appear on the abdomen where stretch marks are prominent but it does appear on the thighs, buttocks, and legs, too.


Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy
Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy

What You Need to Know About PUPPP

Knowing how to deal with a skin rash while pregnant is very important. There are some things you cannot do that you would do if you weren’t carrying a child. Note that many of these treatments and remedies can be done at home without the need for an extra visit to your doctor.

Here is what you need to know about PUPPP:

  • It is thought to be caused by invading fetal cells. An itchy stomach results because of this. It’s one theory about the cause of PUPPP.
  • Another theory is that it is genetic. It could be handed down by the father’s side of the family. If his mother or other female family members had it, you could get it, too.
  • There are easy ways to remedy itchiness. Most involve items you have in your home such as oatmeal, baking soda or aloe vera gel. Taking a bath in oatmeal or baking soda helps tremendously. Aloe vera gel after a cool shower is also very soothing.
  • If you scratch a lot, you’ll need to wear gloves. You don’t want to irritate the itchy spot worse by digging at it unknowingly. Cotton clothing that is loose in fit helps by allowing the skin rash to breathe so it can eventually dry out.
  • Skip oral steroids while pregnant. They can negatively affect your baby. If the skin itching is so intense that it is driving you crazy and you’re close to your delivery date, your doctor may suggest inducing labor early, so be prepared.
  • There is no way to prevent it. You cannot avoid getting PUPPP, but you can take solace in knowing that it is temporary. You won’t spend a great deal of time suffering from its symptoms.

Now that you know what to expect from PUPPP during pregnancy, you can better prepare for it. Not only will you be able to get the relief that you need from the skin rash you’re experiencing, you can keep it from worsening. It’s one less symptom that you’ll need to deal with as a pregnant woman.

Contact Your Primary Care Physician for Additional Treatment Options

If you have questions about how to treat it or find that it is worsening in intensity, contact your primary care physician right away.  It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Your doctor may have suggestions on ways to treat it that you didn’t think of yourself.

Being pregnant has its fair share of challenges. Although PUPPP is mild in comparison to some symptoms, it can still cause you to feel irritable and itchy. Taking time to learn what you can about the skin rash helps you better understand what to expect as well as the steps to take next to remedy the problem.


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