Obstetric Cholestasis

What is Obstetric Cholestasis?

Obstetric Cholestasis is a liver disorder that can occur during pregnancy. It can be serious and can lead to premature or stillbirth, so you will be closely monitored and may be offered an induction at 37 weeks. It will resolve itself after pregnancy but runs in families and will probably recur in a subsequent pregnancy. It is more common in women of Indian and Pakistani origin.

What happens if I have itchiness during pregnancy?

Speak to your doctor or midwife and they can organise a simple blood test. If you do not have Obstetric Cholestasis, you don’t need to worry; it may be that you have a mild fungal infection which can be treated with a cream. This can occur on the hands and feet. If it’s your belly that’s itching, that’s probably due to the skin stretching, so rub a soothing cream or lotion in every day to help ease this.

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