What exactly is cholestasis of pregnancy?
Cholestasis of pregnancy is a liver problem. It reduces or completely prevents the normal flow of bile from the gallbladder. Skin, eyes and mucous membranes (jaundice), itching and yellowing of the skin.
Cholestasis can develop early in pregnancy. They increase in size during the second and third trimesters. It usually disappears a few days after the baby is born. High bile levels can cause problems for your growing fetus.
What if pregnant gets cholestasis?
If a pregnant woman’s liver isn’t working properly, bile levels can rise to dangerous levels, stressing the fetus’s liver. Liver is an important organ in our body that works to remove waste from our body.
If there are problems in its functioning, many problems can arise. Get regular medical advice and check-ups to ensure that gallstones do not affect the pregnant woman or the fetus.
Reasons behind itchy body of a pregnant woman
1. Stretching of the skin – The skin is stretched during pregnancy and after the first pregnancy, the skin is likely to be stretched more than before during the next pregnancy.
2. Dryness – Itchy, scaly, dry skin can also occur due to hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy.
3. fabrics or perfumes Similar materials and foods can cause you to physically itch
4. hormones – Hormonal changes during pregnancy can cause blockages in blood circulation, itching.
5. Cholestasis – This is a liver condition that causes itching due to an abnormal increase in the level of bile acids in the blood.
6. Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy. It is an acne-related problem that appears near stretch marks in late pregnancy.
7. prurigo – These scaly, itchy pimples that can appear on the arms, legs or abdomen at any stage of pregnancy.
You need to pay attention to where on your body you are itching. As the epidermis changes rapidly during pregnancy, most pregnancies cause itching around the abdomen and breasts.
How to recognize intrahepatic cholestasis in pregnancy (ICP)
ICP is usually diagnosed by looking at other possible causes of pruritus. Liver function tests and bile acid tests may be advised if you have persistent itching. Fasting is not required for this test.
Some women start itching days or weeks before their test. If pruritus persists and no cause is apparent, bile acids and LFTs are checked every 1 to 2 weeks. Please contact ICP Support to perform the necessary tests.
Risks associated with cholestasis of pregnancy
If you have cholestasis during pregnancy, your unborn baby is at risk for future problems
1) Fetal distress indicates that your developing baby is not functioning properly. For example, a newborn baby may experience a lack of oxygen.
2) Premature birth of the baby – the risk of premature delivery is high.
3) Meconium Stained Liquor – Before delivery your baby may have bowel movements and severe respiratory problems.
4) Difficulty in breathing (respiratory) – A newborn may have difficulty breathing.
5) Vitamin K deficiency occurs during pregnancy. This needs to be addressed before delivery as it can lead to heavy bleeding.