ICP Care Team Volunteer

Amparo Healey Board Member
Jamie Pimentel
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Amparo Healey Board Member
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Jamie Pimentel

Finding out I had cholestasis at 33 weeks was terrifying. I had been itchy on my arms, legs, and stomach for a few weeks but didn’t think much of it. It was fall, and the heat had just turned on, so I thought it was dry skin and my skin stretching. One day I got very itchy, and the soles of my feet and palms of my hands started to itch. I had read somewhere earlier in my pregnancy that if you itch on your hands during pregnancy, call your doctor, so I did. Luckily my providers knew about cholestasis of pregnancy and had me come in that night to get bloodwork taken. They put me on medication right away and a few days later my bile acid levels came back high.

I’m a first-time mom and already struggled with anxiety before pregnancy, this diagnosis made my anxiety skyrocket. Some providers at my midwife’s office took this diagnosis less seriously than others- making my anxiety worse. It felt like every provider I talked to have a different approach. The ICP Care website was a place that had all the data/information and guidance for my diagnosis and having access to it helped ground me and gave me the confidence to advocate for myself and the baby much better.

At 37 weeks and 1 day I was induced, and 2 days later my husband and I welcomed our beautiful baby boy.