I am a mama to three beautiful boys. My experience with ICP began during my third pregnancy. Around 18 weeks, my hands and feet started to itch and by 20 weeks, the itch had spread to most of my body and began to keep me up at night. Desperate for answers and some relief, I talked to my doctor at my 20-week appointment. She told me about (ICP) Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy and ordered bloodwork right away. My bile acids came back high, so I was put on the medicine URSO and referred to a high-risk pregnancy specialist called a Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM). My doctor and the MFM closely monitored my baby through regular growth scans and non-stress tests. My doctor had been hopeful that URSO would make my symptoms subside, but the itching persisted.
At 36+3, my sweet Krosby was born healthy at 5 lbs 15 ounces. I will never forget the pure joy I felt as I held him in my arms for the first time, worth every itch. I am forever grateful that my doctors were experienced in caring for ICP pregnancies and am excited to join this organization to help other women receive the support and care they need.