Post # 1
I’m 34 weeks pregnant and I can’t stop crying tonight because I believe I have Intrahepatic Cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP). This is a potentially deadly condition for the baby. I go in for labs tomorrow to test me for the condition but I have the telltale symptom of a horrible intense itch.
I’m so worried about my little man and freaking out because my doctor told me if I do have it, I will be induced at 37 weeks at the latest.
Of course if I need to be induced I will but we are currently trying to buy a house and we are living with my parents. We have nothing prepared for the baby yet. I know health is most important and we’ll be ok but I just can’t imagine bringing a newborn home to my parents house. I am also so scared something will happen to my LO from ICP.
Anyone go through this? I know ICP is rare.
Post # 2
I know a woman who had it; her docs kept a close eye on her, she was induced, and now her healthy little boy is almost six months old. Good luck!
Post # 3
One of the girls in the September mommies group has this and she’s scheduled for her induction at 36w4d I think. She has to do monitoring leading up to it and if anything changes between now and then during the testing, they will send her into labor ASAP. I know it’s rare and it is scary, but the doctors have the tools to take care of you and baby. I hope all goes well and they can ease your fears.
Post # 4
My sister had it with her 3rd. She was induced at 37w, and had him with no other interventions (no pain-meds). He was also a vbac baby. He had no complications and was able to go home after 2 days.
Post # 5
I started becoming super itchy at 36ish weeks. I was convinced I had it as I was practically digging trenches in my palms and my back looked like I wrestle with tigers in my spare time. Tests came back negative and we never did figure out what was causing it – I started taking half doses of unisome at night and it did help alleviate some.
Post # 6
I don’t know if it is the same condition because I don’t know the name of it, but I have 3 friends (all sisters) who developed the horrible itch toward the end of pregnancy. They now have 4 healthy and happy kids between them. Not gonna lie, 2 came early and were in the NICU for a bit, but everyone is running around and being a typical kid today. You are in good hands since your doctors have recognized what is going on now. Best wishes to you!
Post # 7
Hi I’ve had experience caring for women with ICP or OC. Doctors will manage this with regular blood tests and medication such as ursodeoxycholic acid. Monitor your baby’s movements for regularity (babies do not slow down towards term but the movements may be more like stretching rather than flipping). If you feel uneasy or reduced movements, call your care provider who will check bloods and have a CTG, don’t leave it 12+hours if you have a lack of movements, something you should recognise and act on within a few hours. As you’ve said, if it is ICP then you’ll be induced. It’s the bile acid build up which is potentially harmful which is why they recommend induction.
Post # 8
Thanks everyone. I was really upset last night but I’ve researched it and I feel better. I have a great doctor and I feel confident we will have a positive outcome.
This is not the way I imagined it going. I have my baby shower scheduled at 37 weeks and it’s my first pregnancy so it just hurts and feels like my body is failing my baby. I know it’s ridiculous but that’s how I feel. Of course I don’t even know for sure if I even have it so I could be worried for nothing.
Thanks bees for making me feel better!