18 Jan 2023 | 3 min Read
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Cholestasis of pregnancy is a liver condition that mostly occurs in late pregnancy. It can make you uncomfortable and can also cause complications for the baby. It can increase the risks of preterm birth, stillbirth or fetal distress.
However, it is a rare condition and only 1 to 2 pregnancies in 1,000 are affected by cholestasis. Most women have had a previous liver condition, and those carrying multiples or those with a family history of cholestasis of pregnancy are at a higher risk.
The hormones during pregnancy can sometimes affect liver function which results in stopping or slowing the flow of bile. When that happens, it causes the bile acids to build up and spill into the bloodstream. The hormones estrogen and progesterone are responsible for the build-up.
Some of the symptoms of Cholestasis of pregnancy are:
As mentioned above, cholestasis of pregnancy increases the risks of preterm birth, stillbirth or fetal distress. The excess levels of maternal bile can cause stress on the baby’s liver.
A diagnosis of cholestasis can be made by doing a complete medical history, physical examination, and blood tests that evaluate liver function, bile acids, and bilirubin.
The main treatment needed for cholestasis of pregnancy is to relieve itching. It’s not advisable to tackle over-the-counter medications without consulting your doctor but some natural treatments may help to give relief to itchy skin.
Cholestasis of pregnancy can cause complications to your pregnancy. Your doctor may recommend close monitoring of you and your baby. Monitoring may include:
If you have been experiencing extreme itchiness then it’s advisable to consult your doctor immediately.
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