Itchy Pregnancy Articles


Obstetric Cholestasis (OC), also known as Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy (ICP), is often a diagnosis of exclusion; which means that other conditions may be causing the same symptoms you may be experiencing. Its is also possible that OC is a secondary condition brought about by an underlying problem. Regardless of the cause, when bile acid levels are elevated in pregnant women, they pose a threat to the unborn baby and need to be treated.

Obstetric Cholestatis: Symptoms

The following is a list of symptoms that often accompany Obstetric Cholestasis:

  • Itching all over, but often more severe on palms and soles ?

  • Dark Urine and/or Pale Stools (greyish in colour) Fatigue or Exhaustion

  • Sleep Deprivation from Itching
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Mild Depression

 Less common symptoms include:

  • Jaundice
  • Right - Upper Quadrant Pain
  • Nausea
  • Severe Depression

Please note that itching is often the only symptom an OC patient notices and it is often worse at night.

Obstetric Cholestasis: Tests

If you have any of these symptoms see your healthcare professional as you may need a "Liver function test" done immediately.

Obstetric Cholestasis: Effects On Children

There are new studies that have been done in the last 3 years that our children may be affected by our liver condition. Doctors are finding a connection with children born with Byliers Disease or PFIC 1 (progressive familial intrahepatic Cholestasis ) or PFIC 1 - PFIC 3. The symptoms for the child can be failure to thrive but much worse liver complications. (Please note that I am not a doctor and you would have to talk to a doctor about the facts of byliers disease.)

Obstetric Cholestasis Conclusions

Obstetric Cholestasis is certainly a concern and something you need to be aware of if you are experiencing an itchy pregnancy.  Take the time to be aware of these symptoms and discuss your itchy skin with your Dr or midwife and ensure you receive the right testing to ensure your itchy skin is not related to liver dysfunction which may harm your unborn child. 

Click here to read more about this pregnancy disease in the book "The Killer Itch"

Itchy Skin In Pregnancy

Many women are experiencing itchy skin in pregnancy and are looking for answers as often this is just played down by friends and family as a common itch you get in pregnancy.  This may well be the case however you need to ensure it is not related to liver dysfunction which can cause harm to your unborn child.  This article will explore the different itchy pregnancy conditions. 

Itchy Skin In Pregnancy:  Common Causes

The fact is it can be common to experience itchy skin in pregnancy. Some of the common causes include the expanding uterus stretching the skin which usually occurs during the third trimester as the baby is growing rapidly and stretching the skin.  The pregnancy hormones can also play a part in making your skin  dry and itchy.  You may also experience heat rash as in pregnancy your hormones cause you to sweat more and it is easier to overheat when you are pregnant.     

Itchy Skin In Pregnancy: Mild Itching Treatments

For these mild itchy skin in pregnancy you can treat easily with moisturizing lotion to keep the skin hydrated.  Being sure to us unscented brands to avoid irritation.    Also wearing natural fibers in your choice of clothing to allow air to reach your skin.  Heat rash can be aided with the use of calamine lotion.  Aloe Vera gel that has been chilled in the fridge may also assist in relieving the itch.

Itchy Skin In Pregnancy: Serious Causes

However there are medical conditions that can be serious for your unborn child.  This includes intrahepatic obstetric cholestasis of pregnancy.   This condition is caused by the mother’s liver dysfunction during pregnancy.   

The difference in this itching is that the itchy is intense and woman experience itchy of her hands and feet. The itchiness is usually worse at night leading to lack of sleep and sometimes depression.  While the woman may feel itchy, there are usually no obvious signs of a rash and often the skin feels 'heated'. The itch is also not generally relieved by the various skin treatments for itchy skin.

This condition as explained is very uncomfortable, but is regarded as harmless to the mother.  On the other hand it is very dangerous for the unborn child and can cause stillbirth.  Therefore it is important to see your health care provider and receive the necessary testing for obstetric cholestasis which involves liver function blood tests which need to be monitored to ensure the safety of your unborn child.  You may even require early delivery if the liver tests show need for concern. 

Obstetric Cholestasis will usually resolve for the mother shortly after delivery of the baby.

Itchy Skin In Pregnancy Conclusions:

Pregnancy is one of the most exciting, surprising, and for some, scary experiences of a woman's life. Having a healthy and happy child born into the world is your end goal.

This site and the book “The Killer Itch”  has been compiled to make mothers aware of the complication of itchy skin in pregnancy and to seek medical advice to rule out any liver dysfunction which may harm the baby.

Click here to read more in the book "The Killer Itch"

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