ICP Care Team Volunteer

Amparo Healey Board Member
Adriana Elvira
Spanish Support Group Moderator
Amparo Healey Board Member
Spanish Support Group Moderator
Adriana Elvira

My name is Adriana Elvira. In 1998 I had Intrahepatic Cholestasis Of Pregnancy (ICP), but it was not diagnosed by my doctor. He told me my itching was part of my pregnancy as an allergy and when I have my baby, it will go away. I continued to itch for several weeks and thank God I had my son okay, but now that I learned more about ICP, I realized that I could have lost my first child and was lucky that everything went well.

14 years later I became pregnant with my second child and began itching on my body again. I quickly made an appointment with my doctor to let her know what was happening to me, because I had experienced it before. My doctor did blood tests where she diagnosed me with Intrahepatic Pregnancy (ICP) and put me on treatment with Ursodiol medicine and sent me to the Maternal-Fetal specialist for months, monitoring my baby’s heart and blood tests constantly. Even with the medication, I continued to have itching, especially at night. I slept with a bottle of cold water and put wet towels on my skin to try to soothe the itching and sometimes with the fan on to keep my skin cold. My doctor scheduled me to be inducted at 37 weeks and my baby was born well at 37 weeks. All the information that was provided by ICP Care helped me to advocate for my health and the health of my son.

Now 10 years of being a member of ICP Care and sharing my story 10 years ago with ICP Care, I continue to be an advocate. I shared the information they provided on my social media to bring awareness to family members and people who were pregnant. Everyone needs to know that itching during pregnancy is not normal. It’s important they let their doctor know about ICP, so that they have a chance to have their child arrive safe and sound.

I am so grateful for the support that ICP Care provided me that I decided to be part of the ICP Care team as a volunteer. My goal is to provide intrahepatic cholestatsis of pregnancy information to those who are pregnant to help protect their baby and body from this disease.

The ICP Care team and organization is here to provide support, just as they did to me, and let moms who are going through this know that they are not alone. I look forward to providing ICP Care’s broader support to the Spanish-speaking community.