I had a test for this yesterday as I have not been able to sleep the itching is so bad. My stomach was the first place, now my hands are sooo itchy and my feet started up. I just want an answer. I got a cream from my doc but it only helps for a few minutes and then it is back to extreme itchiness - like a hundred bug bites really close together....
I was diagnosed with this at 34 weeks and I was induced at 37 weeks and had my beautiful daughter Emma. I'd say to anyone who thinks they have it - tell your MW/doctor and get them to do a liver function and bile acid test - and remember even if your levels come back within normal range, it can take 2 weeks for them to come back raised, so if the itching continues, ask for another.
Also - there's alot on the net concerning OC and stillbirth. I'd just like to point out if OC is managed (ie regular blood tests, fetal heartbeat traces and scans), the risk is no higher than with a normal pregnancy.
im really glad someone commented on this. i saw my midwife 3 weeks ago with itchyness and she sent me straight for test which came bk normal but the hospital are still keeping tabs on me. have to go back on wed and the itching hasnt stoppped it did die down for a while but has now came back. im hoping on wed they will say everything is ok but its hard to sleep when it is in your head.
I got tested for this last week but results came back normal, they gave me cream to soothe itching that works for all of 10 minutes! I am scratching so badly im making myself bleed I have MW again today so might see if she has anymore advice to help me stop scratching.
My mw suggested some aqueous cream with calamine lotion in it from boots, i have found this helps better than what they gave me at the hospital. Since my first test ive had another two tests as the itching still hasnt gone away, the 2nd result was higher than the 1st and my consultant seemed bothered by this so did a test last wednesday - they only do the actual testing in the lab on a friday apparently so hopefully i should get results when i go mw on tuesday again.
Just out of interest does anyone know what the normal bile acids level should be? Ive looked online but cant seem to find it.
Ive had cronic itching for the past couple of weeks not on my hands and feet but literally everywhere else. The MW did the test for OC today and i get the results tomorrow. I was wondering if nausea is also a symptom, sometimes after i eat it feels like hours later it is supposed to be digested but its still in my stomach and i have to be sick because its sets of the acid reflux even tho ive been put on meds for it and live of gaviscon!
Jo I just wanted to thank you for this thread as I would never have mentioned the itching to MW otherwise. I was told I have OC yesterday and am now waiting to hear about induction.
Can't thank you enough.
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