For you, the constant itching is not harmful but when it is severe it can be very difficult to live with (see more below), especially if it prevents sleep. It happens more often if you’re of Indian-Asian or Pakistani-Asian origin, affecting about one in 70 women (NHS 2019a, RCOG 2012). An itch during pregnancy could be obstetric cholestasis . About 1 in 10 women diagnosed will have their baby before full term (37 weeks). During pregnancy, most women experience a range of symptoms. Rarely the itching can be due to a condition called intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (also known as IHP or simply "cholestasis"). Itching that involves the palms and soles of the feet, is particularly suggestive of OC. Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP), also known as obstetric cholestasis, cholestasis of pregnancy, jaundice of pregnancy, and prurigo gravidarum, is a medical condition in which cholestasis occurs during pregnancy.It typically presents with itching and can lead to complications for both mother and baby.. Pruritus (itching) is a common symptom of pregnancy, affecting around 23% of women. Does anybody have any suggestions? If you are experiencing a severe urge to scratch, then you may have contracted any one of the below conditions. Although again there is little evidence on how effective this is in reducing the itching, some women have reported that it has helped. Environment: ICP/OC is more common in the winter months, which is why dietary factors may be involved including lack of vitamin D and selenium (a nutrient found in certain foods) levels. OC is a liver condition that disrupts the flow of bile in the body during pregnancy. jaundice (noticeable by yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes), pain in the area around the liver (Right Upper Quadrant Pain). Geenes V, Chappell LC, Seed PT, Steer PJ, Knight M, Williamson C (2014) Association of severe intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy with adverse pregnancy outcomes: A prospective population-based case-control study. When Magdalen Rees was 35 weeks pregnant with her first child, she developed a severe itch across her abdomen. Your doctor may perform a set of liver function tests (LFTs) to determine if you have obstetric cholestasis. Although it has been reported as early as a few 8 weeks pregnant, it is more common for it to begin in the third trimester, when hormone concentrations are at their highest levels. Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy (ICP) is a condition in which the normal flow of bile is affected by the increased amounts of pregnancy hormones. Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists, London https://www.rcog.org.uk/globalassets/documents/patients/patient-information-leaflets/pregnancy/pi-obstetric-cholestasis.pdf, RCOG (2011) Obstetric Cholestasis, Green top guideline No 43. Mild scratch marks > Result of severe scratching < > What women use to scratch < Although the itch typically affects the hands and feet, it may occur anywhere on your body. It is normal for severe itching to get you down. Obstetric Cholestasis, sometimes referred to as Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy (ICP). It is most commonly felt under the ribs on the right side. Common causes of itching. ‘In my experience, many women have itchy skin in pregnancy at one time or another, and it’s usually harmless,’ says midwife Leah. SBUHB/OC/JB/2020 Diagnosis Obstetric Cholestasis alone is not an obstetric emergency. It is diagnosed by looking for a raised level of bile acids in the blood. The exact cause of OC is not clear. Itch in pregnancy may be caused by a pre-existing condition or a condition specific to pregnancy. There is not a lot that can be done to treat OC, but the symptoms can be treated, you can use lotions safe for pregnancy such as calamine lotion to help ease the itching. I've spoken with midwife etc and they didn't really have anything useful to say. The reason for obstetric cholestasis is not apparent. Discussion in 'Third Trimester' started by babysunshine, May 23, 2014. babysunshine Well-Known Member. Pregnancy hormones may be involved. Once diagnosed specialists recommend that your pregnancy be under the care of a consultant led team. In OC, the itching generally appears in the last three months of the pregnancy but it can start earlier. This condition is not common and affects even less than 1 in 100 pregnant females. Obstet Gynecol 2014; 124:120–133. If by six months your levels have not returned to normal then you should have more tests for other possible liver conditions. Pregnancy Forum. Bile acid test – In ICP bile acids leak into the bloodstream. Itching in pregnancy can be a sign of something more serious. a liver condition known as intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy, or ICP, also called obstetric cholestasis or OC. During the pregnancy: If you are not offered weekly blood tests, you can request them and use the following research to justify your request: They are both available to download from http://www.icpsupport.org/download.shtml. Itching is not generally considered an early pregnancy symptom. This is often more noticeable on the palms of the hands or the soles of the feet although it can be anywhere on the body. selenium (a nutrient found in certain foods) levels, Support and information for sufferers of ICP/OC, https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(18)31877-4/fulltext. As well as general severe itching, the palms of your hands, and/or the soles of your feet can be affected. It occurs when your skin starts to stretch especially around stomach, hips, thighs, palms and feet etc. It may help you sleep as it causes drowsiness. You have a small increased risk of slightly higher blood loss when giving birth. Yep, this is me all over. Mild itching is usually not alarming, but if the itching gets severe, it can be a sign of obstetric cholestasis, a serious liver condition. If you are writing your birth plan keep in mind that your pregnancy complication means you may be advised not to have a water birth or home birth. 3 weeks ago I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes, I tried diet control to start but it was decided I should be put on metformin. And it's not heat related for me either. For example, severe itching without a rash can be a symptom of cholestasis of pregnancy. Severe itching can lead to poor sleep, exhaustion and can really get you down (Rungsiprakarn, et al, 2016). Obstetric cholestasis (OC), also well-known as intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy, is a severe liver complication that concerns a few numbers of pregnant women, ordinarily in the last three months of pregnancy. It may feel worse as your due date approaches. The most common pregnancy-related causes of itch are: Obstetric cholestasis (also known as 'intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy') — which does not present with a rash. It can be mild or so severe that you scratch your skin until it bleeds. The majority of times, itching is a minor annoyance caused by changes to the skin, especially that of the abdomen. As the pregnancy hormones … If you have intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy, there is a higher risk of the baby being born prematurely. Most aren't serious, but if you suspect an infection, it's best to talk with your doctor. I wouldn't panic as OC is usually characterised as intense itching on palms of hands and soles of feet. Researchers have now also shown that ICP may have longer term implications for women such as an increased risk of developing gallstones and Type 2 diabetes. Severe itching without a rash is the first and most obvious symptom of cholestasis, and it usually begins in the second or third trimester. Symptoms of ICP typically start from around 30 weeks of pregnancy, but it is possible to develop the condition as early as eight weeks. It is thought to be related to hormonal change and stretching of the skin. While most itching during pregnancy is very normal and not a reason for concern, more severe itching may indicate an underlying liver condition known as intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP) or obstetric cholestasis (OC). Obstetric Cholestasis (OC) causes constant and intense itching all over your body that starts on the arms, legs and hands and soles of the feet. Typically, the itching is worse at night. The best thing to do is to work with your midwife to make sure your condition is monitored carefully by having repeat bile acid testing until you give birth. The majority of women (70%) will experience some form of skin itching during pregnancy. Recent research suggests that the risk of stillbirth is increased in women with ICP bile acids concentrations are of 100 μmol/L or more, not 40 μmol/L or more, which is reassuring. Geenes V, Chappell LC, Seed PT, Steer PJ, Knight, M, Williamson C, Anna Glantz, Hanns-Ulrich Marschall and Lars-Åke Mattsson (2004). But, the condition can be serious and needs proper medical attention. IT IS NOT AS RARE AS PEOPLE THINK. So women may not be aware that they have OC because they are told that itching in pregnancy is normal. This is often more noticeable on the palms of the hands or the soles of the feet although it can be anywhere on the body. It affects 1 in 140 pregnant women in the UK. The majority of women (70%) will experience some form of skin itching during pregnancy. The itching was an irritation more than anything, it mostly happened at night and I wasn’t sleeping that well anyway. The cause of OC is unclear. Vaginal itching in pregnancy is a common experience. You should have a blood test 6-12 weeks after the baby has been born to be sure. This will depend on: As you have a very small extra risk (1-4%) of having a stillborn baby. However, we know from speaking to specialists in ICP, that a very small number of women have had to remain on UDCA where there bile acids have been in the hundreds, and then have the dosage gradually reduced to taking nothing after a week or two. The itching in pregnancy was irritating but the fear was worse. The most common cause of this is cholestasis, a common liver disease that only happens in pregnancy. If you have itching as described above tell your midwife or doctor promptly. Treatment normally aims to relieve symptoms, mainly the itching, and to prevent potential complications. Different hospitals have different ranges for the 'normal' level of bile acids in the blood. 3. Severe itching (NOT OC): Have any of you other ladies gone through severe itching that isn't linked to OC? Usually it’s thought to be caused by raised levels of certain chemicals in the blood, such as hormones. ‘However, genuine ICP is usually characterised by severe itching, particularly on the palms of the hands or soles of the feet, and it often gets much worse at night. Mild, short-lived itching is common, but the problem can occasionally be severe and very frustrating to live with. Most itching during pregnancy is very normal and not a reason for concern. Most itching is normal and nothing to worry about but there is a condition call Cholestasis of pregnancy that will need treatment. Itchy soles can occur at any time, during the day or at night.in women it is common during pregnancy but can be managed with simple natural remedies. This means that it is possible to experience severe itching but still have low bile acid levels, and conversely have very high bile acid levels with very little itching. Itching but not OC. There's no associated rash, but you may experience skin jaundice (yellowing). Most women can stop taking UDCA immediately after their baby has been born. Intense itching is the main symptom of cholestasis of pregnancy. ‘In my experience, many women have itchy skin in pregnancy at one time or another, and it’s usually harmless,’ says midwife Leah. Some use 0-10 µmol/L  and some use 0-14 µmol/L. Exciting!! Itching is common in pregnancy. Bile is a fluid that is made by the liver that helps with digestion. ICP/OC often happens again in a following pregnancy but not always. The main treatment is to monitor your pregnancy carefully. It is uncommon, affecting 1 in 140 pregnant women (0.7%). Itching in pregnancy can be a sign of something more serious. Intraheptic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP), I was just starting maternity leave when my legs and ankles started itching like crazy, The itching in pregnancy was irritating but the fear was worse, Cat was diagnosed with obstetric cholestasis at 32 weeks, Terminating a pregnancy for medical reasons (TFMR). Severe itching (NOT OC): Have any of you other ladies gone through severe itching that isn't linked to OC? It can range from mild to severe but more severe itching does not mean you have a worse case of the disorder. There's no associated rash, but you may experience skin jaundice (yellowing). Tommy’s researchers are trying to find the best way to treat women with ICP. Phlegm/Mucus in throat! They will discuss the pros and cons with you if so. Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists, London https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/guidelines-research-services/guidelines/gtg43/, NHS Choices (accessed Nov 2016, Next review date: 25/07/2018) Itching and intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy. The itching can be bothersome to severe itching and is often worse at night. However, itching can be a symptom of a liver condition called intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP), also known as obstetric cholestasis (OC). Most cases of itching are due to the usual annoying but not life-threatening culprits like dry skin, allergies, or eczema. Causes of itching in pregnancy: 1. Some women report feeling anxious because of the concerns of the condition, the need for extra hospital appointments and as a result of sleep disruption from the itching. Potential causes include changes to the vagina during this period, or an infection. Make a paste of baking soda with water in equal parts and apply it all over the affected area and the areas more prone to itching to alleviate discomfort. Baking soda is another effective home remedy for preventing itching during pregnancy. It can range from mild to severe but more severe itching does not mean you have a worse case of the disorder. The itching with ICP can be particularly intense, and worse at night (Lindor and Lee 2019, NICE 2015, Ovadia and Williamson 2016) . The itching is often worse at night and may be so bothersome that you can't sleep.The itching is most common during the third trimester of pregnancy but sometimes begins earlier. Symptoms of OC. In fact, many types of rashes typically only appear later in pregnancy and some may not resolve until after your baby is born. Joined: Oct 26, 2013 Messages: 694 Likes Received: 0. A bile acid test is believed to be the most specific test for ICP. ICP occurs when there is a buildup of bile in the body. If you have intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy/obstetric cholestasis it is really important for you to monitor your baby’s movements and if there is any change or reduction in movements from the usual pattern report it promptly to your midwife or hospital. Itching from cholestasis of pregnancy typically occurs in the third trimester. Many researchers do think it helps to protect the baby but they are still working to prove this. Identifying the … Typically, the itching is worse at night. The main symptom of ICP/OC is itching, usually without a rash. Oils for Massage. ICP needs medical attention. There needs to be more awareness about OC, I got lucky but I know some women don’t. 3. If so, the information on this page may help you. Severe itching can lead to poor sleep, exhaustion and can really get you down (Rungsiprakarn, et al, 2016). Obstetric cholestasis (OC), also called intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy, is a serious liver disorder that affects a small number of pregnant women, usually in the last 3 months of pregnancy. Dry skin, contact dermatitis, and eczema are some of the common cause of an itchy skin. your doctor might advise you to have your labour induced if bile acids go over a certain limit (40 µmol/L). Treatment may not be necessary if cholestasis is mild and occurs late in pregnancy. Itching during pregnancy. Such itching may worsen at night but is not typically accompanied by a rash. Causes of obstetric cholestasis. If you go to your midwife or doctor with symptoms of ICP/OC you should have blood tests to check if you have the condition. Liver function test (LFT) – This blood test looks at how well the liver is working (how your body is coping) by measuring the levels of different enzymes. localised – where itching only occurs in a particular area; Sometimes, there may be a rash or spot where the itching occurs. Itching typically affects your palms and the soles of your feet, but it can happen anywhere on your body and is often worse at night. Depending on which range your hospital uses, anything above the upper number supports a diagnosis of ICP. If you have itching at any time, talk to your midwife or GP; while the cause may turn out to be OC, it’s more likely that you’ll simply have a skin condition, such as eczema. In the UK, ICP affects about one in 140 mums-to-be (Dixon and Williamson 2016, RCOG 2012). This figure, however, includes women who have their labour induced because of ICP/OC. Mild itching in the body during pregnancy Chlorpheniramine (Piriton) may be prescribed by your doctor. Other steps that are not proven to be effective against the condition but could help your sense of wellbeing are: Counselling or talking therapies can also help if you are feeling very anxious about the condition. Severe itching during pregnancy: Obstetric cholestasis. And although an itchy rash during pregnancy is usually one of several uncomfortable but relatively harmless conditions, it also can be a symptom of a rare but … The main symptom of ICP/OC is itching, usually without a rash. If severe a TTO of chlorphenamine (piriton) 4mg can be given (Can have up to 6 times a day). Dark urine is also usually present in many cases. These symptoms may feel worse at night. Got tested last time and no liver issues etc-just put it down to hormones! Itchy skin is the most irritating problem faced by pregnant women especially after half-way through pregnancy. It is thought that it happens spontaneously (without being induced) in around 4-10% of ICP/OC pregnancies. In this instance ICP would not be diagnosed but it is important for your bile acids to continue to be tested if you are still itching. There is no rash. Although it has been reported as early as a few 8 weeks pregnant, it is more common for it to begin in the third trimester, when … In most cases, itchy skin will not affect your baby. my severe itching IS OC. Women have told us that use of aqueous creams with menthol can be soothing and give relief but they cannot help improve bile acids or liver function. There is research to show that the level of bile acids does not correlate with the intensity of itch. One symptom which is extremely common is itchy skin. Most women feel itchy on the palms of their hands or the soles of their feet, but some women feel itchy everywhere. For pregnant ladies who have dry skin, itching is a nightmare. The itching can be bothersome to severe itching and is often worse at night. Please visit and READ Information at Home Forums Pregnancy Third Trimester. Hands and Feet. 5. Your doctor may advise you to have your labour induced early. When I went back on Wednesday past, they doubled the dosage and since then I've had severe itching on my feet, hands and legs (sometimes my whole body) at night! ‘It seemed to be deep under my skin,’ she recalls. You can read more about our cholestasis research here. Although the itching can be very uncomfortable and it can be frightening to be diagnosed, most women who have ICP have a healthy baby. Because of this your doctor might advise you to have your labour induced if your bile acids go over 40 µmol/L. There is rarely jaundice when experiencing this condition. Other less common symptoms that not all women will have include: If you have these symptoms see your midwife or doctor. However, it is also possible for your ALT/AST to be raised but with normal bile acids. With OC, the flow of bile is disrupted causing a buildup of bile in the body. Read more: Myths about itching and ICP/OCRead more: Support and information for sufferers of ICP/OC, RCOG (2012) Obstetric cholestasis, Information for you. The Lancet https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(18)31877-4/fulltext, Last reviewed: 17 October, 2017 In such a case, it is advisable to contact your doctor immediately The following article outlines some skin conditions which may cause severe itching. As we try to unravel the reason behind itchy skin and itchy legs during pregnancy, let's understand Cholestasis. They will discuss the pros and cons with you if so. However, itching can be a symptom of a liver condition called intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP), also known as obstetric cholestasis (OC). This sometimes improves the itching and liver function/bile acid levels (which may benefit you and the baby) but researchers are still trying to find out if it’s the best drug there is for women with the condition. Many women find that the itching is worse at night and disturbs their sleep. Hepatology; 59: 1482–91, Ovadia, C (2019) Association of adverse perinatal outcomes of intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy with biochemical markers: results of aggregate and individual patient data meta-analyses. Need help getting started? Last review: 17 October, 2020. Mild itching is common in pregnancy because of the increased blood supply to the skin. I had to visit the DAU on Tuesday after calling for advice. Pregnancy is a time of joy and anticipation. If your doctors have excluded all other causes of itch then the diagnosis of ICP still remains. Pregnancy hormones may be involved. Ovadia C, Williamson C (2016) Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy: Recent advances, Clinics in Dermatology, 34, 327–334 Williamson C, Geenes V (2014) Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy. Meet other parents of January 2013 babies and share the joys and challenges as your children grow. The itching can be persistent and can affect your sense of wellbeing, especially if it prevents you from sleeping. The reduced flow causes the bile acids to leak out into the bloodstream. You may want to do discuss this with your doctor to see what they usually do. Therefore, if a woman complains of itching in the absence of other symptoms (i.e Altered Fetal Movements), it is perfectly acceptable to arrange an appointment via ADAU Monday to Friday. ‘However, genuine ICP is usually characterised by severe itching, particularly on the palms of the hands or soles of the feet, and it often gets much worse at night. Research has shown that these sometimes rise before the bile acids so if these are raised but the bile acid test is normal then you should be tested again. Itching is a very common problem in pregnancy, affecting up to one in four women at some point. It can be constant or intermittent. General health. Itching from cholestasis of pregnancy typically occurs in the third trimester. These factors also mean that there is also a higher likelihood that your baby may need to be admitted to the neonatal unit. I don't know if its all my imagination since reading the OC thread that i've been itching more than normal - how severe is the itching usually with this condition? Mothers whose family birth origins are India or Pakistan have a slightly higher risk (1-2%). 9. Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP), also known as obstetric cholestasis (OC), is a liver disorder that can develop during pregnancy. Hello ladies, First post in Tri 3! Pregnant women are also more prone to yeast infections, which can occur in your underarms and cause swelling and itching . However, only a small proportion of these women will have ICP (RCOG 2012, Szczęch et al 2017) . … ICP/OC is a serious condition but with treatment and monitoring most women go on to have a healthy baby, and the itching goes away afterwards. Itching in this parts of the body is not a disease but rather a sign of a possible skin condition. Home Forums Pregnancy Third Trimester. More severe itching may indicate an underlying liver condition called Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy (ICP) or Obstetric Cholestasis (OC). ICP/OC occurs when there is a reduced flow of bile down the bile ducts in the liver. It usually occurs in the last 4 months of pregnancy. Does anybody have any suggestions? Mild itching is common in pregnancy because of the increased blood supply to the skin, but if the itching becomes severe it can be a sign of a liver condition called 'obstetric cholestasis'. It is most common for ICP/OC to develop after 28 weeks of pregnancy but it is possible for it to happen as early as week 8 of pregnancy. Mild itching is usually nothing to worry about, but if the itching becomes severe it can be a sign of a serious liver condition called obstetric cholestasis. With active management (treatment, ongoing tests and monitoring) and early delivery though, the risk may be lessened. The itching was really irritating but, for me, the most difficult thing about being diagnosed with OC … If it’s not caught in time, the outcome can be devastating. There is also a higher risk that the baby may pass meconium (first poo) during the pregnancy or labour, which can cause breathing problems for them. In a normal pregnancy, itching is not uncommon. Tommy’s is a registered charity in England and Wales (1060508) and Scotland (SC039280). Joined: Oct 26, 2013 Messages: 846 Likes Received: 0. just wanted to share my … Urgent out of hours … There is another name for this condition, intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP), which you may also hear. If you have OC, you will be intensely itchy over large areas of your body. If your blood results come back as normal but the itching continues then it is important to have the tests again because the itching can happen before ICP/OC shows up in tests. Some of the symptoms make it different to every-day itching: The itching often affects the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet. It's related to the buildup of bile acids in the bloodstream from the gallbladder and biliary system. Typically presents in the third trimester, but it can start as early as 8 weeks of pregnancy. Joined: Oct 26, 2013 Messages: 846 Likes Received: 0. just wanted to share my experience so others are aware of the issue. As it turns out the lab ran the wrong tests the first time around, and now I have to have a bunch of them rerun because the first half of them that they managed correctly turned out to indicate Obstetric Cholestasis afterall. This cannot predict complications, but it can provide some reassurance. A new charity, OC Support, has been launched to raise awareness of the disorder obstetric cholestasis, which can … This means there is an increased likelihood that your baby may need to be admitted to the neonatal unit. You can use essentials oils such as lavender as well as olive and almond … Sarah Strand suffered from intense itching for months during her first pregnancy before finding out that she had cholestasis, a serious liver disease that can result in stillbirth. If the itching mostly includes the palms and soles, becomes more intense, especially at night time, or comes on suddenly in the third trimester, it could be obstetric cholestasis, a much more serious condition. If you’re experiencing itchy skin, you’re not alone. However, there are instances when itching may be a symptom of ICP. I was diagonosed with pupps disease it is horrible but I found that taking stinging nettle tablets made a huge difference along with not allowing myself to get too got because that made it worse as well. It is also known as ICP, or Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy.The condition is associated with abnormal flow of bile, due to increase in the amount of pregnancy hormones. 1997-2021 All rights reserved. No, definitely not: about a quarter of women experience itching in pregnancy, but only a few will have OC. Serious itching: obstetric cholestasis. Rarely, severe itchiness in your third trimester can be a sign of a liver problem called obstetric cholestasis (OC). Bile acids above this concentration have been shown to be associated with a higher risk of stillbirth. If so, the information on this page may help you. 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