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Hello there lovelies!
Yesterday I shared a bit of my pregnancy update on social media and I was blown away by all the kind words or encouragement and prayers that are very much appreciated! It was so nice to feel the love and support from all of you.
To be honest I don't like sharing personal medical information with everyone but considering how many moms have suffered a loss due to the unknown knowledge of certain symptoms that have a cause it made me want to share my story and bring awareness to ICP.
So what is ICP?
Intraheptic Cholestasis of Pregnancy in short is a condition that affects the way your body rids itself of bile salts in your blood stream. Amongst other things (yes there's so much more to it) I'll link a website that has tons of information for you curious gals. Over all this affects your baby because I le salts are toxins that should be filtered through your liver, gall bladder and so forth. I'm trying not to get into my Biology talk because then I'll really make your head spin.
What does all this mean?
It means your baby or a pregnant woman's baby is now receiving these toxins and breathing them into their little lungs through the amniotic fluid. This toxic fluid then affects their lungs and eventually their liver as well as mom and baby share everything. If this condition is monitored most babies are stillborn because their little lungs and livers can't handle all the toxins in their body. There's also more but there's the main point of the effect of high bile salts in the body.
One of the first signs of ICP is itching because the body isn't properly riding itself of toxins. I started itching about 4 weeks ago now. I was at family camp for a week and got super itchy but I thought it was allergies, bug bites, I even began to consider bed bugs or fleas because it was so bad and was driving me crazy.
Time passed and the itching got worse. My hands and feet felt on fire and no one else in my family felt itchy. I was on Benadryl, Claritin and pretty much anything that could help fight an allergy. Nothing helped. I started my research and came across ICP and the other symptoms that can indicate it as well but itchiness was the main symptom.
I heard of so many Doctors that hadn't even heard of ICP and I was worried mine wouldn't believe me.
Finally when I went to my next prenatal appointment I told my doctor the situation and I was so relieved when she immediately put me on medication. She even consulted another Dr about me and sent me off to get blood work ASAP. My levels came back a little high but not worrisome and a week later they rose even more. She continued to monitor me and scheduled me to see a Perinatal Specialist that is now going to be taking even more care of me and my baby and I couldn't be happier. I didn't have to fight to get my voice heard but many mommies to be have had to. Some sadly have lost their baby due to the misinformation or neglect from their doctors.
Once ICP is monitored babies usually make it out safely so it's so important to catch it on time. If you know a mommy to be let her know about the side effects. Itching is normal but extreme itching is concerning and should never be ignored.
A simple blood test can rule out ICP.
Again I just want to thank you all for your prayers! It means so much to me to feel the love and support of our little blogging community.
for more info visit www.icpcare.org
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