Week 24

24 Weeks!

This mommy has skipped a week’s blog entry again! But I do have a valid excuse… we have moved to Stellenbosch. We are currently renting, while waiting to move into our new house the beginning of December. So more tough (exhausting) times still ahead!

The latest preggy thing I am struggling with, is ITCHING! I cannot stop scratching!! It is especially my legs that are itching. Somedays it just looks like something bit me, others days it seems to be a rash. My legs are the worst, followed by my breasts and tummy. If I had to choose between pizza and a good scratch – I just want a good scratch!!

I went to see the nurse who works with my gynae, at their practice, and she asked my gynae about it – I didn’t want to make a full appointment if it wasn’t necessary. Well, I just received a script in my inbox for something that looks like ‘Plenergan’ (Doctor’s writing!). Has anyone had to use this before? Or any other ladies struggling with itching – all over?!

Checking in again with you soon***


  • Caitlin
    Posted at 15:41h, 08 Nov Reply

    Hi Nicolette,

    In my case itching during my pregnancy was a sign of a high-risk condition called ICP, and in my experience very few doctors are aware of the condition so I am trying to do something to change that. My story and facts about ICP have been published on this website under Birth Stories:

    Good luck!

  • Nicolette Ferreira
    Posted at 19:33h, 08 Nov Reply

    Oh wow!! Thank you SO much for letting me know!
    I am going to check out your blog entry right now. If these pills I have to drink don’t work, I am going to go to the Doctor and tell them about your story.

    Thank you!!!


  • Caitlin
    Posted at 20:21h, 08 Nov Reply

    You’re very welcome. I know how over-whelming all of the information can be (I’ve had a year to read up about the condition and am involved in spreading awareness about it in SA), so if you would like to be in touch with me directly let me know. Holding thumbs for you that it goes away and is nothing serious. x

    • Nicolette
      Posted at 21:09h, 08 Nov Reply

      I have just sent my gynae a message to ask if she thinks it could be ICP – but not sure if she will sms back. And we are leaving for the Eastern Cape tomorrow… If the meds don’t help, I’ll phone her – the sister whom I spoke to at the practice actually mentioned something about a ‘liver test’, and said she would ask my gynae. And when she phoned me (the sister), she just said the gynae prescribed these pills. Will definitely keep you updated! What would be the best way to contact you? I can just comment here? Not sure if we should share personal contact details here! Otherwise Facebook? Nite-nite – off to sleep, we’re getting up at 3:30am tomorrow morning to leave (so the little one can sleep on the way!)***

  • Caitlin
    Posted at 21:16h, 08 Nov Reply

    I found you on Facebook. Will send you a pm. Check your “other messages” folder if you don’t see anything. PS: I’m impressed the sister knew about the liver function test! Wonder if they also know about the bile acid test (most NB). Chat to you on Facebook then and happy travels!

  • Nicolette
    Posted at 21:29h, 08 Nov Reply

    Great! Will check my FB on the road tomorrow!***

  • Nicolette
    Posted at 21:33h, 08 Nov Reply

    Hmmm don’t see anything on FB yet – maybe it will still come through! Hope you got the right Nicolette Ferreira! Red curly hair, holding baby Alex 🙂 nite-nite

  • Caitlin
    Posted at 12:31h, 09 Nov Reply

    Yes, with a black background? It went to your “other messages” folder, have you checked that? Look forward to chatting more!

  • Nicolette
    Posted at 20:29h, 09 Nov Reply

    Hallo! I haven’t had the time to check FB on my laptop (we travelled to the Eastern Cape today), and have only checked it through my phone. Internet reception horrible where we are now, but next weekend in jbay, then I’ll be more Internet-active again! ***

  • Caitlin
    Posted at 20:47h, 09 Nov Reply

    No problem, I’m sure we’ll connect soon. Enjoy your trip and hope it’s itch-free!

  • Nicolette
    Posted at 10:13h, 17 Dec Reply

    Just to keep you updated: the itching went away!! *** 🙂

  • Caitlin
    Posted at 08:21h, 29 Dec Reply

    Hi Nicolette!

    Sorry I only saw this message now, but really glad your itching went away. Keep an eye out for it though because if it’s ICP it may return. I’m currently 20weeks pregnant myself and having my bile acid tested regularly (through Ampath via special request) but so far no sign of ICP. Holding thumbs for us both!

    For anyone else reading this post and wondering of you have ICP, please join the closed ICP Support South Africa group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/icpsupportsa

    For more info, please read this comprehensive but easy to understand article:

    All the best!

    • Nicolette Ferreira
      Posted at 13:44h, 04 Jan Reply

      Thank you SO much for letting me know! I will most definitely take it seriously if the itching returns. And I truly hope that if there is someone who needs to get this info they will stumble upon this information here*

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