The Annoyance Known As PUPPP

Some women -- an estimated 1 in 200 -- get to experience one extra little joy of late pregnancy: itchy red bumps and hives that start on the belly and spreads to the arms, breasts, thighs and behind. (Yeah, it's as fun as it sounds.)
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It's known as PUPPP, short for "pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy," and is the most common pregnancy-related skin condition, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

Although it usually disappears after your baby is born, you may decide to get help sooner -- especially if the itch is driving you up the wall. Anti-itching topical medications, antihistamines and corticosteroids (such as Triamcinolon) can help. Ob/Gyn David Barrere, MD, says, "Topical steroids are generally quite successful in relieving symptoms, but in more severe cases, a course of oral steroids is required. Some women report symptomatic relief with topical preparations such as Benadryl."

And even if you're itchy, you don't need to worry about your baby being affected by this: Dr. Barrere says that there's no increased risk for your little one.

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