My OB said I had the WORST case of PUPPPS she has ever seen in her practice, along with many of the nurses who isted me as well. I will not sugar coat things and am only here to tell my story and my opinions. I hope I can help at least one person with my experience!
Today my only child, my son Kayden, is 1. I had a wonderful pregnancy up until about 35 weeks. I only had 2 stretch marks until this point, minor heartburn and only threw up 1 time!
One morning I woke up to an ungodly itchy stomach. There were now more stretch marks and inside of them, little hive looking things that ITCHED beyond control! In a matter of 48 hours, this rash spread all over my body, except for my face and neck, which it never ended up affecting. I now had a VERY hard time sleeping, if I slept at all. I tried EVERYTHING you could think of: lotions, creams, topical steroid creams, oatmeal baths, cold compresses, sprays, and even went to a Dermatologist, who ended up doing a biopsy of one of my hive thingys on my wrist. (BTW, there is NO test specifically for PUPPPS. They only test it to rule out anything else it could be).
**THE ONLY THING I FOUND TO REALLY HELP WAS A COLD WET TOWEL TO PUT ACROSS WHATEVER AREA ITCHED MOST AT THAT TIME!**
Yes, water dries the skin out, but when you have a REAL case of PUPPPS, you will do anything to make it stop! I itched so badly when I did sleep, I would wake up with blood on my fingers and under my nails. I ended up wearing socks on my hands to bed to help with that.
I went about two and half/three more weeks like this. I was 37 weeks and 2 days when I was beyond tired, frustrated and DONE with being pregnant and this rash! I went to the after-hours care center at my OB's office to ask if there was ANYTHING they could do for me. Unfortunately, there was not. They checked on baby and he was fine. One of the nurses in the center told me she also had the rash, but not nearly as bad as mine. Her doctor explained to her that this rash is more or less your body having an allergic reaction to your babies DNA. Which, I've never heard from anyone else or read anywhere, but it made sense to me. Why does it start in your stomach? That's where your baby is, and that is where your body is first affected - at the source of the culprit! Then the rash spreads from there. My OB told me the ONLY way to get rid of the rash is to DELIVER your baby! This is why the allergic reaction theory made more sense to me. Once the baby is out, it goes away. (Like any other allergic reaction, if you swallow a peanut, your throat and tongue swells, after time it eventually goes down -hopefully! I am just speaking hypothetically, lol). Even after delivering your baby, it varies from person to person as to how long it will take to actually disappear.
So, that night I went home and the on call doctor in the after-hours center made me an appointment with my OB the next day. I walked into my OB's office and she could see all the symptoms- scratched up arms, belly, the exhaustion, frustration and desperation to make this disappear ASAP no matter what I had to do. I did read that some OB's will induce you pending the severity of your case. My doctor flat out verbatim told me that their policy is to NOT induce before 39 weeks unless there is an imminent medical reason to do so, and she believed my case was MORE than that. She offered to induce me right there and then! My husband and I agreed to come back in a couple hours after packing bags, making arrangements for our dog and with work, etc...Around 6:30pm we went back and started the induction process at 38 weeks and 3 days. I didn't sleep for 4 solid days before having my son the next day at 38 weeks and 4 days. I delivered a very happy and healthy baby boy at 7lbs 11oz, 18.5 inches long at 6:31pm that night! My rash ended up SLOWLY going away about a week after having my son and it took about 1 month for it to completely clear up! THANK GOD IT’S GONE! I’ve also been told that majority of people who will have PUPPPS will get it in their first pregnancy, but never say never right! Also, that once you have had it, the likelihood of you ever getting it again and almost 0%. I’ve never heard or read about ANYONE having it more than once! I don’t know how anyone would be able to handle that without going insane!
PUPPPS is the WORST thing I have ever experienced in my lifetime! I was 26 when I had my son. Being a Police Officer, I have been tased and pepper sprayed - being a horse owner, I've been stepped on, kicked, bitten and thrown off many times, and even getting an epidural and giving birth to my child ALL PUT TOGETHER DOES NOT COMPARE to the HE*L you go through when you have PUPPPS!
I really hope this information helps someone somewhere. I remember reading and reading and watching YouTube videos and waiting for responses on forums and trying to talk to different doctors with really no help in the end. Reading others experiences is really the only way to get through this time! If anyone has any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. I am no medical professional, but I have experience in this topic and will help in ANY way I can!!