If it wasn’t for ICP Care, I don’t think I would have mentally been able to cope with my diagnosis as well as I did. ICP Care gave me the evidence-based resources and support groups allowing me to ask questions in the Facebook group to advocate for my baby compared to the advice I got from my doctor which, in the end, didn’t align with the latest cholestasis of pregnancy research. Also, I found it very helpful to read the dietary recommendations on the ICP Care website.
My pregnancy had been relatively non-eventful for the first two trimesters. I considered myself extremely lucky. In fact, I never even threw up once. Fast forward to the very beginning of my third trimester, when one day I suddenly started feeling a slight itching sensation on my feet. On Valentine’s Day, I headed to my prenatal appointment for a regular checkup. When I told the midwife about my itchy symptoms, she strongly advised a blood test. As someone who despises needles, I began ugly crying in the birth center in anticipation of what was to come. The very next day my results were back: I was positive for cholestasis of pregnancy. Suddenly, everything I had hoped for was completely destroyed. The birth center I had been seeing the entirety of my pregnancy said it was no longer safe to have an unmedicated birth. I was transferred to a maternal fetal medicine specialist who recommended a 37-week induction at the hospital. During this turbulent time, I regained my hope and sanity through ICP Care. Their detailed website provided more specialized knowledge and guidance on cholestasis than anyone else I had spoken to. Being able to access the ICP specialists who were familiar with the latest ICP research in the ICP Care Facebook group also provided immense support. It was also comforting to hear from other mamas on the same cholestasis journey. At 37 weeks I delivered a healthy baby at 5 pounds & 2 ounces with no NICU time required.
My advice to anyone with intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy, is to join the ICP Care Facebook group and don’t hesitate to reach out to the community for support or with any questions you need answered.