There are plenty of odd pregnancy side-effects that you don’t learn about until you’re in the thick of things.  My latest strange symptom is a numbness of the skin on my belly.  It’s in a circular pattern radiating out from where my belly button used to be.  It’s there not all, but most of the time and is invariably worse in the evenings after I’ve spent the afternoon contracting.

The strangest part?  The strangest part is that apparently the skin on my belly had become quite dry and consequently very itchy, but I couldn’t tell what was happening because my skin was numb.  When I would try to scratch the itch, I could only feel the scratching motion from the inside, if that makes sense.  It’s kind of like when you have an itch in your ear canal that you can’t reach to scratch, but if you jiggle the side of your face you can sort of feel it on the inside.  That probably makes no sense, but then that is no different from about 80% of my thoughts these days…

Anyways, the unscratchable itch has been making me nuts for days until last night when I was sitting on the bed resting and it occurred to me that my skin might actually be dry.  Three cheers for body butter!  If only all pregnancy symptoms were this easy to handle…