Pregnancy blog, 01/07/2019
Image credit: @katemara via Instagram
Actress and model, Kate Mara, was recently interviewed on Dr Berlin’s Informed Pregnancy Podcast, during which she described how she became concerned when her hands and feet started itching badly during pregnancy. Thinking she might be having an allergic reaction to something she had eaten that day, Kate contacted her midwife straight away and was referred for a blood test to check for possible ICP.
After testing positive for ICP, Kate was recommended an induction at 36 weeks. Following further complications during the birth, she was then advised to have an emergency c-section. Despite feeling ‘devasted’, she consented.
Speaking to Dr Berlin, Kate said she ‘wouldn't do anything differently’ because her baby was born healthy and thanked her team of doctors for how they handled the complications.
‘We really did do everything in our power to make it as peaceful and natural and easy for our baby to come out as possible.’ Kate Mara
Kate’s story is a perfect reminder that not all births go to plan and how important it is to always ask about symptoms you have, whether you think they’re related to your pregnancy or not.
Our midwife Kate says:
'We would always encourage parents to be, to think about your choices and options in pregnancy, and for the birth, knowing what you would like, but also be prepared in case things do not quite go to plan. Often, if something unexpected occurs, this can bring about lots of emotions and feelings, therefore having a de-brief or support around this is important and we would always encourage you to speak with your midwife.'
Symptoms of ICP
Some itching around the stomach is normal as your skin is stretching around your growing baby but it can also be a symptom of ICP, especially if the itching is:
- on the palms of the hands or the soles of the feet (although it can be anywhere on the body)
- worse at night.
Find out about more ICP symptoms, how it is diagnosed and what treatment is available.
Tell your midwife or doctor straightaway if you experience any of the itching described above, even if you think it’s mild.
Watch our recent Facebook Live Q&A with ICP Support and Helen George
Charley, 35, from Edinburgh was amazed when she found out she was pregnant in 2018. She’d been warned that pregnancy might be difficult for her as, a few years before, she’d had 3 procedures to remove abnormal cells from her cervix. After a worrying bleed at 10 weeks, Charley was referred to Tommy’s Lothian Preterm Birth Clinic at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. With access to specialist care and monitoring, Charley’s pregnancy progressed, and baby Tommy was born in May 2019.
"I spent a couple of weeks at home taking it very easy. Even a sneeze or a cough could be painful, so I didn’t do much other than take a few steps around the flat when I could."
It might not be exactly how you pictured it, bringing your baby home with social distancing measures in place. But it's important to do whatever you feel like when it comes to marking the first few weeks and staying connected with the people you love. Here are some ideas, but please be kind to yourself and don't expect too much.
Your tummy will deflate and the swelling will ease, and whilst your body may not be the way it once was, it will always be your baby's first home. There's something beautiful about that, and that is something beautiful about YOU.
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