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  • Tracy Freese
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Common Pregnancy Rashes: PUPPP and Pemphigoid Gestationis

Pregnant women ought to be very careful in many aspects of their being especially when it comes to their health. After all, getting sick will not only compromise their health but also the precious child that they carry in their womb. Hence, one may fret even with the appearance of minor pregnancy rash. Although majority of these symptoms may be harmless to you and your child, you need to know that some types of skin rashes can be very harmful and necessary interventions must be done.

Below are some of the common rashes experienced by some pregnant women:


This stands for “pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy”. This is sometimes termed as “polymorphic eruption of pregnancy “or PEP. Although this has been touted as the most common pregnancy rash which occurs on the last trimester of pregnancy, it is medically considered as harmless to you and your child. This is characterized by raised itchy rashes that may keep you awake during night time. And it is usually experienced among primigravida, appearing on the abdominal area specifically on areas adjacent to the belly button. Most often than not they develop on the stretch marks. They also scatter on upper and lower extremities as tiny rashes which ultimately form into a larger wheels. As of writing, PUPPP has unknown cause. However, it has been suspected that this may have genetic predisposition. Statistics showed that 70% of PUPP cases have male babies. Hence, it has been hypothesized that the skin irritant can be a male fetal DNA. However, further study needs to be conducted to prove this to be true. Treatments range from high strength steroid creams, cortisone and oral steroid. The rashes usually cures on its own from days to weeks postpartum. However, take note that this is only experienced among 1% of the entire pregnant women population. Hence, if you are planning to get pregnant one of these days, you don’t have to worry much about this.

Pemphigoid Gestationis

This is a serious type of pregnancy rash. At first, you may think that they are just plain hives. However, you will be surprised to see that they eventually grow in sizes and form blisters with lesions. Though this is also called as “herpes gestationis”, it has nothing to do with herpes virus. Rashes will initially develop around the belly button on the abdominal area spreading to the lower and upper extremities. Unlike PUPP, this is more fatal. It can lead to preterm delivery, congenital defects and infant rashes. Usually, rashes appears during the last trimester of pregnancy. However, they may show at any point of one’s pregnancy. In fact, some have these rashes right after delivery. The sad part is; such condition can be repeated on the succeeding pregnancies and it can even be more fatal. Since this is an autoimmune disorder, it is only managed through symptomatic treatment. To alleviate itchiness, topical corticosteroid or lotion may be prescribed. Antihistamines and steroid creams may also be recommended.

Pregnant women need utmost care especially on their health. Hence, any unusual symptoms need to be reported to the doctor right away and this does not exclude the appearance of rashes. After all, these moms’ to be need to take responsibility on the health of their babies as well.

NOTE: Use the "PUPPP" tags on the right hand side of this page for more of my PUPPP entries including causes and remedies. While pregnancy rashes have nothing to do with minimalist living, I felt compelled to write about it because pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy is complete misery and can strike any mother whether she is a minimalist lifestyle enthusiast or not! It is my goal to stop mothers dealing with this horrific rash from feeling helpless while combing the Internet like I did. Ladies, you will find everything you need right here including my proven remedy: Grandpa's Pine Tar Soap Take Care and try not to lose your minds from the itching :(  -Tracy

  • Tracy Freese
  • minimalist health and fitnessminimalist parentingwellness