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Cholestasis of pregnancy is a liver problem that happens when the flow of bile slows down or is blocked. Bile then builds up in the liver and enters the bloodstream. This condition may happen when hormone levels increase during pregnancy. It can make the skin very itchy. Home treatment and medicine can relieve symptoms.
The most common symptom is very itchy skin. The itching can be located anywhere on the body. But it most often happens on the palms of your hands or on the soles of your feet. The itching may be worse at night.
Your doctor will ask questions about your symptoms. The doctor will also do a physical exam and ask you about your medical history. You may have blood tests or other tests.
Your doctor may prescribe medicine. Medicine can help reduce bile acid levels and relieve itching. Your doctor also will want to watch you and your baby closely. To keep you both as healthy as possible, your doctor may recommend an early delivery.
Current as of:
February 23, 2022
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: JoLynn Montgomery PA - Family MedicineRebecca Sue Uranga MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Current as of: February 23, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:JoLynn Montgomery PA - Family Medicine & Rebecca Sue Uranga MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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