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I’m a midwife and this is why pregnant women should NEVER ignore itchy skin

FIBERS come with all sorts of side effects, from sore feet to morning sickness.

But a midwife has revealed a strange symptom that pregnant women should never ignore.

If you have itching during pregnancy, you may find it uncomfortable

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If you have itching during pregnancy, you may find it uncomfortableCredit: tiktok / midwifemama
If this itch is most prominent on the hands and soles, you should seek help

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If this itch is most prominent on the hands and soles, you should seek helpCredit: tiktok / midwifemama

Sign up TikTokMidwife Sarah says if you can’t stop the itching you should talk to your doctor, as this could actually be a sign of a serious condition.

She explained: “I’m pregnant but I can’t get rid of itchiness and discomfort?

“Especially your palms and soles? You could have gestational cholestasis – a liver condition that occurs in late pregnancy.

“It causes intense itching, but not a rash.”

Sarah posted the clip to her 1.5 million TikTok followers and said if you have the condition you should talk to your healthcare provider right away.

It is important to talk to your doctor as it can lead to complications for the mother or the developing fetus.

For the mother, this condition can affect the way the body absorbs fat.

This can lead to poor vitamin K levels, and decreased levels are often seen in women with blood clots.

What is cholestasis and what are the signs you need to know?

By Mamie Serah Mboob

Cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP), also known as obstetric cholestasis is a pregnancy-related disease that affects the liver.

It can cause serious harm to mother and baby if left untreated. In the UK, ICP affects one in four pregnant women.

What are the symptoms?

Most women undergo ICP in the last months of pregnancy, but it can also happen in the early months of pregnancy. Accompanied by these symptoms;

  • Severe itching (no rash)
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Jaundice
  • Reduce cravings
  • Dark yellow urine
  • Color changing poo
  • Abdominal pain (upper right side)
  • Exhausted

Doctors still don’t have a clear source of what causes cholestasis in pregnancy, but sometimes a number of factors can play a role, such as: genetics (family lines), hormones pregnancy, genetic variations, and less digestive juices.

It is normal for most women to experience itching during pregnancy. But when itching is hard to control and extreme during pregnancy, call your doctor. Especially in the third trimester

This condition is rare, and future liver problems are also uncommon.

However, complications are more serious for the baby and can include premature birth.

Other problems seen before include lung problems from breathing meconium.

This is a sticky, green substance that normally collects in a baby’s intestines but can pass into the amniotic fluid if the mother has cholestasis.

In rare cases of cholestasis, a baby can also be stillborn.

Although this is a rare side effect of pregnancy, you may experience other symptoms.

Feeling sick during pregnancy is common and although this is called morning sickness it can happen at any time of the day or night.

It usually starts when you are about 4 to 6 weeks pregnant.

Feeling tired is also a common symptom and is heightened during the first 12 weeks.

Chest pain and a feeling of strange smells and tastes and an increased appetite are also side effects that you may experience.

Sarah says this itch can be intensely itchy - but without a rash

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Sarah says this itch can be intensely itchy – but without a rashCredit: tiktok / midwifemama

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