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Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy (PUPPS)

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Just a few weeks ago a childhood friend of mine reached out to me near her final weeks of pregnancy. She shared her experience with Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy (PUPPS) and the remedies she seeked out and found helpful.  A very special thank you to Rose for sharing her information and suggestions with fellow readers.

Please note that I am a professionally trained Birth Doula. I am not a medical doctor and these suggestions do not substitute as medical advise.  We suggest seeing your care provider to learn more about PUPPS and offer this mama’s suggestions as guideline to use at your own risk.

Hi Keli,

Say as a Doula, I was thinking you might want to check out and share Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy (PUPPS). It’s a chronic hives-like itchy condition that pregnant women get very rarely. I’m one of the lucky ones smile It’s absolutely awful, but I’ve figured out some really excellent natural ways to deal with it.

My doctor immediately wanted to put me on Prednisone. Which I was like “oh hell no,” so I researched the crap out of it. Basically it goes away after birth, BUT it is also because your liver is over taxed.  This can happen from just the stress of the pregnancy, a poor diet, or in my case I got poison ivy, and my my hormone levels just made the production of histamine go into over drive.

So what i’ve been doing is Dandelion Root Capsules and they have cleared the hives up, 2 caps three times a day….Also, I use Grandpa’s Pine Tar Soap which smells gross, but helps with the itch. You can get it at GNC or online.  I’ve also been doing acupuncture for liver support and lots of clean eating (you don’t want to detox your liver, you want to strengthen it).  Calms Forte is also good!  If you have a client or know someone with PUPPS, tell her those things can help.

Can’t wait to read your new blog!  Rose


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