I am a mother to 2 beautiful children, with a 3rd child due April 17th, 2019. With my first pregnancy, I remember itching on the bottoms of my feet. I knew about Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy, but because I wasn’t scratching my skin off, I brushed it off. At 40 weeks+6 days, I went to labor and delivery since she wasn’t moving like normal and I had this mother’s instinct that something was very wrong. When I was hooked up to a NST, her heart rate was 180BPM without moving. Then it would drop to 90 and her heart would stop. They broke my water and found meconium staining. I was rushed into an emergency C-section, where she came out blue and didn’t breathe for 2 minutes. She spent 5 days in the NICU due to respiratory distress. She is now a very happy and healthy 4-year-old girl.
My 2nd pregnancy seemed normal until the second trimester. I remember this distinct itch that started on my right arm. I thought it was due to a rash, but it turned out that the rash was a result of scratching. As the weeks went on, the itching increased and all I thought about all day was the itch. I just wanted to scratch everywhere. I was also extremely tired and had no appetite. I thought about ICP again, but I thought there was no way I could have it since I wasn’t leaving any scratch marks on my body. I couldn’t get rid of my mother’s intuition and asked my OB’s to test me. I was tested at 34 weeks and by 35 weeks I was diagnosed with ICP. At 36 weeks+3 days, my healthy baby boy was born. He is now a happy and healthy 20-month-old.
I am now pregnant with my 3rd. I have some on and off itching, different from my 2nd, but I am still getting frequent bile acids blood work to keep on top of ICP in case I get it with this pregnancy. My children are truly miracles and wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the awareness currently being brought through by ICP Care and the group of amazing women. I am proud I even get to be a part of this: to learn more about this awful disease and bring awareness to ICP.