Calling Midwife Helen George says liver disorder made her pregnancy ‘painful’

Helen George took to Instagram after the final episode of Call The Midwife to share her own experience with cholestasis

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Helen George and Jack Ashton’s on-screen romance in Call The MIdwife

Helen George openly shared about having cholestasis while pregnant with daughter Lark.

The actress, 37, has liver disease, which affects one in 140 pregnant women in the UK and interferes with the normal flow of bile to their gallbladder.

She shared her personal experience of the disease on Instagram follow up on Sunday night’s emotional version of Call the midwife.

She posted an image of her shadow during her time pregnancy to her 221k followers and explains how she was diagnosed with the condition after giving birth to her first daughter, Wren, now 4.

Helen, who played Trixie Franklin on the hit TV series, has told her fans how incredibly “upsetting and painful” her second pregnancy was.

She gave birth to her second child with partner Jack Ashton, 35, last November and said: “After the last episode of Call the Midwife last night, it seemed like the right time to talk about the experience. My experience with cholestasis in pregnancy.

Helen George uploaded her candid post after the final episode of Call The Midwife


Helen George / Instagram)

“In 2017, when I gave birth to our daughter Wren, I was diagnosed with this condition. I knew there was a high chance I would have to suffer again with my second pregnancy, but I have been consulted by the experts. The best family / doctor / midwife / health worker at Guys and St. Thomas. So I feel safe.”

She went on to describe the itching sensation so much earlier during her second pregnancy, saying it was “angry”.

“I tried everything, creams, baths all that and nothing worked,” she continued. “I used to scratch all day and all night, normally on my arms, shoulders, legs but that quickly increased to just swelling everywhere. I was put on medication (Urso) at about 30 weeks. “

Thankfully, the medication stabilized her bile acids, and although they were high, she revealed that it helped keep baby Lark safe, even if it didn’t stop her itching.

Helen added: “I have to say this pregnancy was uncomfortable and painful. I thought the second time would be easier but it really wasn’t.

“Premature birth is always a possibility with this condition but I was very hopeful it wouldn’t. However, for me it did.”

Helen had an emergency C-section after having contractions earlier than usual and described the “overwhelming” relief of hearing her baby’s first cry after months of anxiety and fear.

Helen George now has two children with Jack Ashton


Helen George / Instagram)

She concluded: “I’m so lucky but more than that, well cared for. ICP support is always there to help me with all my questions.

“Please, if you are concerned that you may have cholestasis in your pregnancy or have been diagnosed and need any advice, contact them.”

Her post received a huge wave of positives with many fans joining in the comments section to open up about their own experiences.

Some also said the film’s climax opened them up to a situation they didn’t realize existed.

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