14/08/2014 12:54 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Obstetric Cholestasis In Pregnancy: Symptoms And Treatment

Obstetric cholestasis in pregnancy: Symptoms and treatment

There are all sorts of reasons why you might suffer with itching when you're pregnant, and mostly itching is harmless. Itching on your belly, for example, might well just be down to your skin tightening as it stretches out to house your baby. But severe itching all over could be a sign of something else...

What is it?

Obstetric cholestasis (OC) is a condition which affects the liver, only during pregnancy, and it is pretty rare – less than 1 of sufferers develop the condition with subsequent pregnancies.

But hey, you have a baby in your arms now – so you know it's all worth it in the end!

What else could it be?

If you have an intensely itchy tummy, accompanied by an unsightly rash, you might have polymorphic eruption of pregnancy, or PEP.

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