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Pregnancy Problems

During pregnancy, your health is number one priority. That’s why we went straight to top pregnancy health experts for all the details you want to know about the most common pregnancy problems. In our pregnancy problems guide, you can read about a slew of pregnancy conditions – everything from hemorrhoids to gestational diabetes. Find out what any pregnancy symptom could possibly mean (are you swollen just because you’re expecting, or is it a sign of some complication?) and find out whether or not it’s worth a call to your OB. If you already know you’ve got a pregnancy complication or health condition, our comprehensive articles will give you the scoop on its causes and how it can affect you and baby. Plus, get treatment tips straight from medical experts and pregnant women like you. Yup, we've got answers to all your questions about pregnancy health problems right here!

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Cholestasis of Pregnancy

Are you getting crazy, intense itching on your palms? Or maybe you have a little bit of jaundice? That's cholestasis of pregnancy. Find out how to treat it and if it will affect baby.

What’s the best way to treat cholestasis of pregnancy?

If your pregnancy has reached full term, your doctor may call for an immediate delivery to prevent as much harm as possible to your baby. If not, she’ll probably watch baby closely for fully developed lungs -- and then deliver. In the meantime, she may give you medication to help with the itching and maybe even your liver function.

What can I do to prevent cholestasis of pregnancy?

Nothing, but women who have a family history of cholestasis of pregnancy are more likely to get it.

What do other pregnant moms do when they have cholestasis of pregnancy?

“I had it with my first pregnancy and now I have it again with this one. I was on meds but they didn't really help during my first pregnancy, but this time they're helping control the itching. Between 32 and 34 weeks they'll do an NST to monitor the baby. During my last pregnancy, I had an amnio at 36 weeks to verify lung maturity and we induced at 37 weeks.”

“I had it with my son. You'll want to pay close attention to how and when your LO moves. My baby was delivered by emergency c-section due to fetal inactivity and distress at 35 weeks. I had it pretty severely, but the meds helped."

“I was induced a little earlier because I had cholestasis of pregnancy while I was expecting my first child. My symptoms were itching and a general feeling of malaise. I felt terrible. I was also having daily gall bladder attacks and the bile level in my blood was high. At 29 weeks they considered taking out my gall bladder, so I had been given steroids for my son's lungs. He was born at about 35 weeks with no breathing issues."

Are there any other resources for cholestasis of pregnancy?

Itchy Moms

March of Dimes

American Pregnancy Association

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-- Michele Hakakha, MD, obstetrician and gynecologist in private practice in Beverly Hills, California

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