Shared Stories of Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy (ICP)
Pamela Durden, Maryland
At around eight months, I started developing itchy skin all over my body. I did not think much about it as I thought it was due to dry skin or my skin stretching due to pregnancy.
Angelina’s ICP Story, West Virginia
I first developed intense itching on my hands and feet five days after testing positive for COVID. I contacted my midwife and she sent in orders for blood work, which came back elevated (20.7) for bile acids, and in a normal range for liver enzymes. I was diagnosed...
Myra Miracle Nze, Canada
It had been a difficult pregnancy - with Hyperemesis Gravidarum plaguing me in the first trimester to dealing with Intraheptic Cholestatis of Pregnancy. My ICP journey began in my third trimester, itching from all parts of my body that left my partner and I confused,...
Angel Smith, South Carolina
I started experiencing itching at 30 weeks with my second pregnancy. At the time I experienced the symptoms, I also was waiting back for results for gestational diabetes. From doing an online search, I saw that Cholestasis of Pregnancy may be a possible cause of the...
Amelia’s ICP Story
The nurse practitioners casual tone shifted and she implored me to alert her if this happened again or did not improve. I told her that it really had not improved much but was manageable during the day. At this time, despite, nine years of education and 2 years of residency in health care I had never heard of ICP and had no idea that my itchy hands could be more than an allergy.
Erika’s ICP Story
I had a pretty normal pregnancy, up until about 21 weeks, when one morning I woke up with an unbearable itch all over my body. I made an appointment with my doctor, the next day he did labs
on my liver panel and bile acids.
Hannah’s ICP Story
My name is Hannah and I live in Columbus, Ohio. My back started itching when I was about 20 weeks pregnant with my second kiddo, a boy we’d name Asher, in October 2020. A whole lot of intuition and some quick googling led me to guess ICP and I quickly had my levels...
My ICP Story: Baby Loss, Journey to My Rainbow Baby and Learning to Swim the Waves of Grief
My 35 week appointment was cancelled due to Covid. When I called in Tuesday questioning Laylee Joy’s movements, my nurse who I had seen for every appointment said it was normal for babies to have sleepy days.
Jennie Terranova, Oregon
I’ll never forget the night of September 21, 2017, the first day of my third trimester of pregnancy with my son Pablo Valentine. I remember so vividly being weak on the bathroom floor with bile coming out from both ends. It was yellow, acidic, and burned like nothing...
Christa Jensen, Utah
At about 30 weeks, I began itching and asked my doctor about it. I was itchy everywhere. He told me to avoid hot baths and take benedryl. At 33 weeks, I went to an all you can eat buffet and that night I could not sleep because the itching was so bad. Finally about...
Lindsey Duclos, New York
I woke up in a fog with a strange feeling that I wasn’t pregnant anymore. Almost like I woke up in the middle of a dream. I reached down and my belly was still there, but I couldn’t shake this weird feeling. I was 39 weeks along with a perfect pregnancy. There was no...
Kelly Bailey, USA
My first pregnancy was smooth and easy. I didn’t even have the infamous nausea. I carried my baby to full term and delivered our little girl at 41 weeks. Two years later, I was pregnant with our second baby and everything seemed to be on par with my first pregnancy,...
Ashlee Barnes, Michigan
My ICP journey began with my first pregnancy at 5 weeks gestation. I found out that I was pregnant at 4 weeks gestation, a week later I began to persistently itch. I spoke with a local emergency room nurse early on, my OB, a new OB and made countless trips to OB...
Stephanie Nuñez, California
It was week 28 when I started itching. One night, I was so itchy I googled “intense itching during pregnancy”. First thing that popped up was “Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy”! After reading about it, I knew I had it. I remember telling family, I think I have...
When Katherine Probert began itching, she shrugged it off and labeled it as normal. By 37 weeks she was miserable and not sleeping. Read her story.
Julie Taylor was admitted to the hospital for an unrelated medical issue and her blood work revealed elevated liver enzymes. Her ICP story.
Amanda Dykeman had three completely normal pregnancies while unfortunately, her fourth pregnancy was anything but normal. Her ICP story.
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