38 weeks pregnant and itching all over my body.

Mandi - posted on 10/21/2009 ( 117 moms have responded )

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I am 38 weeks and 3 days pregnant and have started itching all over my body and not really sure why. Has anyone else ever had this problem and is it normal?

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Britney - posted on 10/21/2009

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you should talk with your doctor, it could be a number of things. skin stretching and hormones are the usual culprit, but there's also a chance it's a reaction because of your liver...just call the doctor and let them know. it's everywhere? your face and limbs as well?

Allison - posted on 10/21/2009

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It is true it can be hormones and skin stretching BUT call your Dr. just to let them know whats going on. At the end of your pregnancy it can also indicate something is going on with you liver. I had a lot of itching and they ruled out this problem with my liver with a simple blood test. So be sure and let your Dr. know-Better to be safe! Good Luck!

Amanda - posted on 10/21/2009

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not sure how normal it is but it is happening to me... i am 38 weeks also.. been doin this for about a week and a half... figured it was a hormonal something... because doctor checked my protein levels... so it is not my liver-- some women have their liver do something weird and it makes them itch- but i believe that starts in 2nd trimester with liver condition. I had my daughter at 35 wks so I have never been this far along..

Tandra - posted on 10/21/2009

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YOU MAY HAVE DIABETES, THIS HAPPEN SOMETIMES TO PREGNANT WOMEN.

AFTER HAVING THE BABY AND LOOSING THE WEIGHT YOU COULD GO BACK TO BEING NORMAL. BUT THE ITCHING IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST SIGNS FOR A DIABETIC, I AM ONE AND THATS HOW I FOUND OUT.

Sarah - posted on 10/21/2009

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I got really itchy at 36 weeks and the dr blew it off saying it was my skin stretching. 2 days later i was in urgent care because I had pupps, (Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy) basically hives caused by preganancy. It lasted 2 weeks, I used the aveno oatmeal cream & the bath plus what the dr gave me.

Ashley - posted on 10/21/2009

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Since it is all over your body and not just you tummy, you need to go be tested for Cholestasis. It happens in the 3rd trimester. www.babycenter.com (good site for questions) and seach on the site for Cholestasis. It is not typically tested for. If diagnosed, they will have to monitor the baby a bit more as it can cause additional stress. Zyrtec can help a bit and it pregnancy safe.

Amanda - posted on 10/21/2009

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moisturizer and long soaks with some natural oils can help. moisturize lots after showers and baths too,

Kate - posted on 10/21/2009

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Hi Hunni, yes its normal, its just where your skins stretching making you itch, I used a anti-stretch mark cream to ease it, but any sort of moisteriser would work. hope this helps xx

Rebecca - posted on 10/21/2009

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i was really itchy but it was only round my stretched bits, my freind just had a baby had to be delivered 3 weeks early she was itchy all over like u, she had some problems with her liver, go see ure midwife just to be sure

KAYLA - posted on 10/21/2009

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Yes around the same time too. Especially at night and all over too not just my belly. Dr also told me it was skin stretching. I didnt find anything to help except benadril to help sleep + I have allergies. But it stopped the itching!

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the itching is most likely caused by you increase in hormone levels in your body. and the fact the baby is growning an ounce a day at this point so your body is stretching faster. but dont be ashamed to ask the dr at you next appt. i hope this helps you

Dannii - posted on 10/21/2009

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I would say ring and talk to your midwife about this, I started getting itchy late on in my pregnancy, mostly in my hands and feet (they were worse) and i ended up having to have my son two weeks early as there was a problem with my liver. a simple blood test will put your mind at rest.

Tricia - posted on 10/21/2009

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When I was pregnant I itched all the time, I felt uncomfortable in my own skin...the only thing that helped with me is aveeno lotion the oatmeal in it felt so much better....hope you can find something to relax you and I believe that this is fairly normal seeing that your skin is stretching and forming room for your little miracle..enjoy your pregnancy and your baby.

Lori - posted on 10/21/2009

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i started to get itchy at the end of my pregnancy. the dr told me it was because of my skin stretching. Idk where you live but in my area it's started to get cold and that makes you more itchy too..and the increased blood supply can cause you to itch!

Ashley - posted on 10/21/2009

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My body itched my WHOLE pregnancy, I was told it was a combination of Hormones and my skin stretching.

Christy - posted on 10/29/2009

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Definitely get tested for Cholestasis if you're 38 weeks pregnant and itching all over. I had this in my third trimester - it was not just stretching in the tummy area, it was head to toe! And unbearable. I don't want to alarm you, but if untreated, it can lead to stillbirth. If you have it, it is easily remedied with medication. It doesn't eliminate the itching entirely, but it is a little better, and most importantly, it could save your baby.

Jenny - posted on 10/22/2009

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You might have something called pregnancy cholestasis: i am attaching a link for info, but you SHOULD definitely ask your physician to run some liver function tests since you're 38 weeks pregnant and itching all over!

Good luck, Jenn

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cholest...

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