Here's what's going on.
I was trucking along, barreling toward 36 wks (this past Friday) and feeling pretty lucky that we'd made it to the home stretch without any major annoyances or roadblocks in this process known as human gestation. The idea of 4 more weeks did not sound cumbersome to me in the least...in fact, I was rather relieved to have another whole month to get things prepared, and try to wrap my mind around actually becoming a mommy shortly. I was zen, I was sleeping well, and overall doing "great."
Last Weds or so, I started itching, mostly on my tummy. This was easily attributable to the fact that my belly is being stretched beyond belief thanks to the growing little girl in there.
Then I noticed my legs were itching too. By then, it was a full-fledged, disgusting and mind-blowing rash that is all over about 80% of my epidermis.
Who knew pregnancy rash was even a thing that could happen? Not I. I suppose that it's far too scary a thing to be shared with the innocents in your pregnancy wake.
What is the only thing that completely makes this rash go away? Have the baby, of course.
So what do I now want to happen? Have the baby, of course (when she's good and healthy and ready, but nevertheless the sentiment remains).
We had lunch with my high school piano teacher today, who said that there always seems to be something in the last month of pregnancy that makes you completely READY for the finish line...ie, a cold that won't go away, heartburn, not sleeping, etc. Itching uncontrollably definitely falls under this category.
YES I'M READY FOR YOU, BABY! WE CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU!
Anything happen to you in your last month that made you want it to be over?
Or, for the non-expectant, have you ever suffered from poison ivy or heat rash? (And did you want to check yourself into a loony bin?)
p.s. Yes I've tried hydrocortisone, Benadryl, Aveeno baths (in lukewarm/cooler water), some stuff the doctor gave me, and breathing deeply while taking my mind to a relaxing, happy place. If you have any other ground-breaking suggestions, I'm all ears.