Pregnancy PUPPPS Rash: Essential Tips For Coping.

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If you found this article through a search, then you’re probably pregnant, congratulations!...and suffering from Pupps, in which case you have my utmost sympathy.

Or you may have a loved one who is suffering with Pupps, in which case you have my sympathy too, as watching someone you love go through this condition is heart-breaking.

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I’d like to use my blog today to highlight a pregnancy condition that most people have never heard of, is rarely spoken about and that the medical community in the most part are totally uninformed.
Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy (Puppps)
 ...is the unwieldy medical name for the intense, excruciating itching and burning of the skin that can happen in pregnancy. This hives like condition is also know as PEP (Polymorphic Eruption of Pregnancy) in the UK. Approximately 1 in 200 women will experience Pupps to some degree while expecting, with an unlucky handful descending into an all consuming hell of itching and burning, wanting to tear the skin from their flesh.

Read on for more information, my daughter's experience and those all important tips for coping and hopefully curing your Pupps

Adult Braces Update: Week 8, Success & Setback.

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Hi my lovelies,

Just a quick post about my latest vlog entry, my 8 week braces update.



I'm super happy to report that for the first time in my adult life my two front upper teeth are uncrossed, and sat next to each other... Yay!

These stubborn teeth have rested moving until my dentist installed an elastic chain on my last visit, and that seemed to get them moving. I woke up two days ago and suddenly they wasn't an overlap...cue big cheesy grin! There is still some straightening up to do but I'm very happy so far.

Now I'm not sure if this is connected, but the following day, the pesky back bracket came off again. This is the same metal bracket that came off a couple of weeks ago...and I accidentally swallowed it!

To be fair to the poor bracket, it sits next to the 3 tooth bridge which isn't suitable for brackets, so I feel like it's taking a lot of strain without any neighbouring brackets to help out. It's currently dangling about in my mouth, still attached to the elastic chain, eeek.

But this is just a temporary set back and I'm sure my lovely dentist will install a new one, and off I go again. So, with that in mind I'd better go ring the dental clinic...see you next time lovelies!

Adult Braces Update: My Teeth Have Gone Yellow!

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Hey lovelies,

Just a quick video diary update on my Six Month Smile braces journey. If you remember from my last update I accidentally swallowed a metal brace bracket! Well panic over, I visited the orthodontist for a temporary repair the following day, and had my usual appointment 3 days later where the bracket was replaced. Fingers crossed the drama is over, let's just say the rogue bracket must have made it's way through even though I didn't notice it LOL!

In addition, my dentist changed my upper brace wire for a thicker one to get things moving. My lower teeth have seen some really good progress, but my upper teeth are being a little lazy, probably because of that damn bridge.

But I also spoke to my dentist about an issue that's been bothering me.
My teeth have gone really yellow!


Since having the braces installed, within the space of 48 hours my teeth had discoloured to the point they now match the dreaded bridge. I didn't want to sound vain asking the dentist about something so trivial, but it's the yellowing that's bothering me more than wearing the braces. I don't mind people knowing I'm wearing braces, I don't like the idea that people think I'm not cleaning my teeth.

Every article and post I read on the subject pointed to a gradual discolouring from food and drink. But my teeth went yellow very quickly, within 2 days or so of having the braces installed. And at that point I was still struggling to eat anything, living on a diet of  mashed potato and porridge. I've been quite obsessive about avoiding staining foods, and cleaning my teeth after every meal, so I doubt that's the cause.

I also have a friend who's been wearing braces for just over a year and she's had the same issue, she was told it was the fluoride used to prepare the teeth. My own dentist said it's residual adhesive from gluing the brackets to the tooth surface. And that makes sense as my teeth feel slightly rougher than normal.

Unfortunately there's not much that can be done for it until the brackets are removed, then it can be buffed away. So unless anyone knows differently I'm stuck with the yellow teeth...for now. I suspect most people I speak to don't even notice it, in fact most haven't even noticed I'm wearing braces LOL!

I'd love guys to watch my latest vlog instalment and let me know what you think, or if you have any questions then ask away and I'll do my very best to answer them! x




Oops, I Swallowed My Metal Braces Bracket! Video Diary Update.

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Happy Bank Holiday lovelies!

It's been an eventful weekend here on the braces front, I accidentally ate one of my metal brace brackets eeek!

I've been wearing my Six Month Smile adult braces for 2 weeks now and it was all going surprisingly well...famous last words! Last night a cheeky late night snack of cheese on toast caught me out and one of my back brackets came loose. Before I could react I'd swallowed the little critter. Late night on a Bank Holiday weekend and there's not much chance of getting hold of the dentist, so I had to Google if I'd committed a fatal error.... Luckily it seems it's a fairly common mishap in the early weeks and if you let nature takes it's course, the offending bracket should work it's own way out, if you know what I mean!

Check out my unscheduled video diary entry, and I'll do an update once I've visited the dentist later this week, that's if I'm still alive to tell the tale!


I GOT BRACES! My Six Month Smile Video Diary: Day 1

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Hi my lovelies,

So last Friday I finally took the plunge and got fitted with adult clear ceramic braces!


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Say cheese!
Never one to do things by halves I'm having both top and bottom teeth corrected, which will then enable me to change my much hated 3 tooth bridge...bleugh....I really do hate that bridge.

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Check out the much hated 3 tooth bridge.
My braces are 'Six Month Smile' corrective braces, I have some crookedness and overlapping caused by overcrowding to correct. My orthodontist thinks I'll need to wear the braces for about 5 months, and then a clear retainer at night to stop the teeth moving back. Did you know your teeth continued to  move as an adult? I honestly didn't....until it dawned on me a few years ago that my overlap was getting worse eek!

So to document my progress I'll be doing a regular video diary...vlog...video blog....whatever the heck you call it. It's easier for you to see what's going on in a video.




It makes me laugh to see this. Seriously, how hyped am I? Just too excited after being at the dentist and finally getting the braces after years of debating. If you want to see me looking a little nervous....aka 'shaking like a leaf'... then check out the previous video where I'm sat outside the dental clinic.

I have to say the braces feel enormous to me, like they arrive 5 minutes before I do! Yet most people took a while to even notice and some didn't realise at all until I pointed them out. Not sure if that's because the braces are pretty much invisible, or if we really don't take that much notice of each other.

So get used to seeing some highly unflattering tooth photos of me as I'll be posting regular updates to let you know of my progress, any problems I encounter and to give any hints and tips I come across.

Thanks for reading and watching!