Monday, September 24, 2012

Baby Shower

Sophie and Susan hosted our baby shower yesterday. The day before, a group of girls at work organized a little shower just amongst six girls. And my department will organize one at work next month. I feel loved! Baby is lucky boy.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Goodbye to PUPPP

My PUPPP (Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy) finally went away after seven days. The first three days I spent researching and reading what other women did. On the 4th day, I was totally miserable. And I finally managed to get an appointment with the dermatologist on the 6th day.

In the meantime, I was trying out all sorts of lotions, creams and ointments. Some made it worse.

This is what worked best for me:
Sarna Lotion
Grandpa's Pine Tar Soap
Shower with cool water. (Warm water made the rashes flare up and itched more)
Steroid cream (from the dermatologist)
Dandelion Root capsules (1 capsule, 3 times a day)

I also avoided sugar. And cut down on fried foods. I drank freshly squeezed lemon juice every morning.
Ate brussel sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli and avocado every other day. Walnuts and apples as a snack.
Basically, foods that support liver health was on my diet list.

Three women told me to avoid cocoa butter lotion. I think that may have been what triggered the rash in the first place.

Sunday, September 02, 2012

The Home Stretch

29 weeks! We have 11 weeks to go. We can do this baby!

But first I have to stop scratching. Two days ago, I came down with PUPPP (Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy). They say it is a common rash in pregnancy but it is driving me crazy. The itch is beyond imagination!! I need mittens. It started on the belly. Went to my neck and now my hands are on fire.
I called up the clinic nurse last night and she told me to go to the emergency room. But I did not. Because they will just put me on steroids and I'd rather not go that route.

After googling about this for hours, I have decided to try taking dandelion root capsules. Many pregnant mammas and midwives swear by this. So we'll see. I am also applying calamine lotion, hydrocortisone cream and fresh aloe.

Just when I thought I was so over with the shingles, now this. (I had the shingles on Friday, July 13)

Baby has been very entertaining with all his little kicks and punches. And occasional hiccups. Tho I still have a hard time telling the difference between a hiccup and his rhythmic kick. He "moves like jagger" when  Maroon 5 is playing. And is soothed by Debussy and Mozart. And dislikes Adele.
He wakes me up at 4am every morning and pretty much sleeps all afternoon.

The foot that kicks and dances
He should be 2.5lbs now and about the size of a butternut squash. People are still asking if I am carrying twins. Nope, just one lovable butternut squash swimming in lots of fluid.