Post # 1
Okay moms out there…I’m at my wits’ end. Did anyone have issues with insomnia and horrible itching in the third trimester? How did you make it go away (if at all…please tell me there is a remedy!) It isn’t just on my stomach from stretched skin…it is EVERYWHERE: my hands, my feet, my arms, my legs…it feels like my skin is crawling constantly at night, and it is keeping me awake and miserable. I have no rashes. I’ve not changed my detergents or anything…I don’t know what it going on, but it is driving me (and my poor husband who I’m keeping awake at night with my tossing/turning) batty. 🙁
Is this just another normal pregnancy discomfort?
Post # 3
If the itchiness is primarily on hands/palms and soles/feet, and especially worst at night, please see your care provider to have some blood work to rule out cholestasis. Itchiness in late pregnancy can be common and normal, but it’s not always normal.
If it does end up being normal itchiness, try Benedryl or Aveno oatmeal cream, or an oatmeal bath (put raw oats into a knee high stocking or cut of stocking and tie up the open end, then soak in a bath and squeeze out the oatmeal “milk”).
Post # 4
@cdncinnamongirl: Thank you! I’ve never heard of cholestasis. I was afraid to call my doctor in case itchiness is just something everyone has. But in the past (before pregnancy), I have had pancreas issues…and this kind of sounds like something along those lines with bile issues, so I’d rather be safe than sorry (and itchy…ugh!!!!!!!)
If not, then I’m trying the oatmeal bath and benedryl. I feel like i haven’t slept in well in weeks, and it is really wearing on me. 🙁
Post # 5
@mrs_pugetsound: I’ve tried to reply to this twice now lol, third try is the charm??
Insomnia is extremely common in later pregnancy that’s quite normal no worries there.
I read just today that restless leg syndrome is quite common in later pregnancy so you might want to look into that as well.
I had a TON more info in my other posts…but I’m kind of getting tired of typing the same thing over and over again.
Good luck, I hope this posts this time.
Post # 6
Insomnia is normal, your body is growing and you are getting uncomfortable. The itching probably doesn’t help that either.
Itching is also normal, your body is stretching and skin is getting tighter causing it to be itching. However, as a PP mentioned if it’s on the hands and soles of your feet you should mention it to your doctor. Cholestasis is fairly rare but if you do have it, it’s better to get it treated now.
Post # 7
@ames12708: I hate it when WB eats my posts too!! But I appreciate your taking the time to reply!! 🙂 This is my first pregnancy, so I’ll take any info I can get…and it is good (well…you know what I mean, not really good so much as comforting!) to know the insomnia is commonplace at this stage. I’ll look into restless leg syndrome too. I feel like I’m going nuts from the lack of sleep, and it has caused me to sleep on the couch just so my poor husband isn’t kept awake all night.
Post # 8
@Lyndzo: Thanks lady! I have been thinking about trying some Tylenol PM just until I can get in to see my doctor for at least the insomnia part. Even if just for a night or so, so that I can get some kind of sleep… I think I saw Tylenol PM on my “safe” list for pregnancy.
I really feel bad saying it, but I can’t wait until this pregnancy is over! I know I’m supposed to be “walking on sunshine” and all rainbows and butterflies during this time of life, but I’m over being uncomfortable. That, and I miss being able to see my feet. 😛
Post # 9
@mrs_pugetsound: I’ve taken to sleeping on the couch quite a bit too, not so much bc I keep my Darling Husband up bc he sleeps like the dead, but because some nights I find it more comfortable,
Here’s some of the insomnia stuff I was trying to post lol I’ll try again =]
1. try sleeping with extra pillows like around your body, I always sleep with one between my legs it, really helps me get comfortable, also I go to the couch because it gives me more full body pillowing lol if that makes sense..I have all the extra support behind me and for some reason I stay comfortable in the position longer, because my big problem is having to wake up to roll over so frequently.
2. I try to eat something calcium rich before bed, or if I’m awake in the night, it doesn’t help every time but often it does, calcium is a natural muscle relaxer.
3. make sure the room is cool I call this pregnancy symptom “heating for two” I can’t sleep if I am hot, or if I am not under covers so I have to keep it cool in the room, Darling Husband learned to bundled up for bed because since about 15 weeks I struggle keeping cool for sleep.
I hope you find some relief =]
Post # 10
im only 24 weeks and i just don’t sleep anymore. it started with me going to sleep normal time then waking up repeatedly during the night for long periods of time, and now i can neither get to sleep or stay asleep
eg yesterday i managed to sleep 1-4 then awake a bit then 7-9. im really tired and its beginning to get me down
i fi google it it tells me im not supposed to have problems in the second tri and all problems will appear in 3rd. im interpreting it to mean that everything will get worse 🙁
no itching though
Post # 11
Fellow cholestasis pregnant mama here.
If you have previous hepatic issues, you can get cholestasis much easier. If it started out in your hands and feet palms, it’s very likely it could be cholestasis. The itching spreads to everywhere, and is miserable. It’s also serious, so be very adamant with your DR.
They need to run your total and fractionated bile acid levels. It should take about a week to get results, but its very crucial because this is very serious if untreated! They recommend induction by 37 weeks, SOMETIMES just before 38 weeks. Stillbirth rates SKYROCKET after this.
Also, if you’re on FB, its a public group, but I highly recomment ICP Care/Itchy Moms group. There’s a ton of great information on there and a lot of women dedicated to making more awareness about this problem because so many OB’s are so unfamiliar with it.
Like someone mentioned, it’s somewhat rare. But it’s also pretty serious. That group has a huge support group and can give you tons of advice and information on stuff!
Post # 12
Also, Cholestasis is totally about bile. If there’s too much bile in your system it backs up.. the bile acids are dangerous to baby because they get in your blood and can cross the placenta. So if your pancreas problems were bile related, (I’m no pancreas expert lol) then you are totally not crazy for thinking this is cholestasis. But like I said, a lot of DR’s are unaware of it, so be super adamant in getting your total and fractionated bile acid levels tested.
so so so important! sorry to scare you!
Post # 13
@mrs_pugetsound: ok one month after i last replied, im now hit by chronic itching and found my way back to this thread after searching
did yours turn out to be cholestasis? if so are you being induced? im having the test for it on monday as the itching is driving me insane
from what ive gathered theyve found a slight increase in still births and problems but it certainly doesnt sky rocket! and a lot of doctors dont feel need to induce anymore i think