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im sorry the reply is abit late, but ive only just found the fantastic site and as i was browsing i saw this post and read your stories, so wanted to share my own.
Ive had cholestasis in both of my pregnancies, but it was alot worse with my first born. I was diagnosed with it at about 27-28 weeks preganant, i had no idea what it was, but my lovely consultant explained what it was and that my acid levels were out the roof, so i would need a blood test and scan every week, until i was 38 weeks and then they would either induce me or book me for section.
However at my 30 week scan and blood test, i wasnt very well. the scan was fine and the blood test was taken, then i went to see the consultant, himself and the midwife he had in the room, took my blood pressure and temperature etc....then suddenly i was sick, it was bright yellow and my consultant said it smelt like orange acid :/
They made the decision to rush me over to lincoln hospital, we live in grantham, so was about 45 mins drive away....they sent me in an ambulance (because that was protocall, apparently). When i arrived i was checked over, had another scan and another few blood tests and told to wait.
after a few hours i was called to see the doctor and he said that my acid and bile levels were very very high, even higher then before, however they didnt want me to give birth yet, as they wanted my daughters lungs to develop better. So they had to admit me and check on me everyday, giving me a scan every other day. I had no idea at the time but i would end up being in the hospital until i gave birth and 36+6 weeks pregnant. 6 weeks i had to stay there!
Every week i got worse and worse, eventually i couldnt eat and had to be put on a drip, i couldnt even walk to the toilet properly on my own as it made me feel sick and i was so weak from not eating
finally week i was 36 weeks pregnant my consultant came to me and told me that they were going to try and induce me using the gel, but if that didnt work they had me booked in for a section the following day...thankfully the gel worked on its 2nd load, and my waters broke that night, i had no problems during the labour, at all. Except feeling sick abit due to the gas and air lol. My daughter was born the following morning at exactually 7am.
I had to stay in for a few days after the birth, but after 24 hours my acid and bile levels returned to virtually normal and i went home....with no lasting effects
31/01/2013 at 16:00
I since discovered that my labour was also back to back. Joy!
Very nervous about a second baby but we are starting to get broody. Just not sure the effect it could have on ds if I am poorly earlier etc.
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16/10/2015 at 12:51
I had this itchiness all over my body since I was 12 months pregnant. I have mentioned this to my MW, she said that OC normally occurs later in pregnancy. But it is still bugging me. I went to my GP yesterday and they are going to take some blood tests on Monday. Anybody had the same experience and is it OC? Thank you!
25/11/2016 at 09:09
Not sure if people are still following this...
I've been diagnosed with OC at 34weeks... I've been told if my results go any higher I'll be called in to be induced within the week.
What results were people getting... I was told the ATL should be below 31... mine was 688 then 793 the next day! And the Bile acid should be below 14, mine was 73 then 45...
I've been told to wait till a consultant appointment I already had where I'll be 37+3... I am having weekly monitoring visits to the hospital.
I've also been told that I could go into early labour- was anyone else told this?...
Worried now I'll be told on that day- its happening the next day... looks like most of the people on here were given a day or 2 notice...
24/04/2017 at 00:00
Hi, I had OC in my first pregnancy with a bile acid level of 135. It was such an awful experience, the thought of getting it again is putting me off having anymore children! I appreciate everyone's experiences are different, but can anybody tell me their experiences with subsequent pregnancies please? Did you get it again and, if so, was it worse or more manageable and did the itchiness start earlier or later?
Many thanks in advance :)
23/06/2017 at 23:29
Hi ladies, this is my 5th pregnancy, i am nearly 25 weeks, i had cholestasis in my 3rd pregnancy and noticed the itching at around 28 weeks but wasnt diagnosed until around 32 weeks when the itching was unbearable and keeping me up at night. I was induced at 38 weeks.
However i had no itching with pregnancies 1, 2 or 4. This time round ive noticed the itching again started off with the odd itch now and then at around 18 weeks. Spoke to my midwife the other day at my 24 week appointment. She said 24 weeks is a bit early to have cholestasis but was sent for bloods anyway.
I have been told to try and keep as cool as possible (not easy with it being the start of summer and what have you) and also if im still itching in a week to contact the assessment unit again to get another blood test done. They have said they will be checking my bloods regular anyway and keeping a close eye on the results.
My point to this long post is yes they say once you have suffered with cholestasis once you are more likely to get it in every pregnancy but its not 100%. I have only had cholestasis with my little girls not with my 3 boys xx
24/06/2017 at 09:01
Thanks Stace M, I really appreciate your reply. It's interesting you say that, as I had a daughter when I got it! I feel for you at the moment and hope things improve.
24/06/2017 at 19:35
Thank you ross2017, its funny because i was told it was more common with boys. Its just really annoying when it stops you from sleeping and being able to relax properly xx
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