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Pregnant Woman Complained About Severe Itching On Facebook And Received A Warning That Saved Her Baby’s Life

Date August 2, 2018 16:15

How a Facebook post can save a life that is just about to begin

For many people, social media websites are a place to vent. And while some criticize others for being too public, it can sometimes save a life.

Christina DePino was in the third trimester of her pregnancy. Things were going smoothly, but the woman suddenly developed intense itching, a weird symptom that seemed unrelated to her condition.

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Christina wrote a post on Facebook about the itching, and her friends rushed to warn her that she should get checked out, as it could be a symptom of cholestasis. The condition is rarely harmful to pregnant mothers themselves, but it can cause stillbirth.

The woman did a brief research on the condition and grew concerned. She contacted her doctor, and a test confirmed that what she was experiencing was indeed cholestasis of pregnancy.

To keep her baby safe, Christina agreed to induced labor, as her doctor recommended. On March 28, 2017, she gave birth to a healthy baby girl at 37 weeks.

The new mother took to Facebook to write another post. This time it was a warning to other women who are expecting to contact their doctors if they develop severe itching (which is often the only symptom of the dangerous condition). She also thanked her friends for alerting her to the danger her baby was in.

The post quickly went viral and has garnered more than 57,000 shares. In the comments, many women thanked Christina for spreading awareness.

What is cholestasis of pregnancy?

Medically known as intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy, the condition is not very common. It’s estimated to affect 1 in 100 pregnant women in the United States.

It’s not exactly clear what causes cholestasis of pregnancy, but some factors can make you more likely to develop it. These include a personal or family history of the condition, liver damage or disease, and carrying twins or more.

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The most common symptom (which is often the only symptom) of cholestasis is severe itching. It usually affects the palms and soles, but it may also be felt all over the body. Other possible symptoms include jaundice, nausea, and loss of appetite.

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Cholestasis usually causes no real harm to pregnant women, and it usually resolves itself after delivery. However, the condition poses a serious risk to babies; it can lead to premature birth and stillbirth. So if you are pregnant and develop severe itching, call you doctor right away.

Source: TODAY, Mayo Clinic

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