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cholestasis and itching in pregnancy

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kalidasa Tue 04-Nov-14 12:29:41

I am 28 weeks tomorrow with DS2 and for the last week or so I have noticed that I am quite itchy. I know that itching can be a sign of cholestasis but I thought that tended to be later on? And also the itching is annoying but not at all unbearable, even at night when I notice it more. Did anyone have relatively mild if persistent itching that turned out to be a sign of cholestasis? Or would I be going really mad if it was that?

I have a midwife appointment this week so can ask her, but not seeing my consultant for another few weeks, so just want to know whether I should really be flagging this up or whether it's the sort of thing that can wait a bit. I am v. disabled at the moment and it is a huge effort to get out of the house at all so keen to avoid any unnecessary hospital trips/tests if at all possible!

FelixFelix Tue 04-Nov-14 12:36:57

Mine started later on (around 33/34 weeks) but the itching wasn't as bad as expected. I doubted it was anything serious when the itching started as I thought it had to be extreme itchiness to be cholestasis. Mention it to your midwife when you see her or even better give her a ring before if you can, as it's really worth getting it checked out sooner rather than later.

kalidasa Tue 04-Nov-14 12:59:55

Thanks Felix. Did they end up inducing you for it?

FelixFelix Tue 04-Nov-14 13:04:04

Yes at 37 weeks. I was moved from my original midwives care to the ones at the hospital and had to go in for a blood test every week to monitor my bile acid levels. Also had a scan to test my liver function and an ultrasound to check over dd. I had two lots of tablets to take (which reduced the itching) but I can't remember the names of them. It sounds like a lot of hassle but you should really push to get tested for it just in case.

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