'Don't Ignore The Pregnancy Itch': Mom’s Facebook Post May Have Saved Her Baby’s Life
January 8, 2018 16:23 By Mambee
There is a wide range of symptoms associated with pregnancy and each of them is experienced to a varying degree depending on the woman. Unfortunately, this also means that people are likely to write off a lot of body issues as just a part of being pregnant and this can sometimes lead to disastrous consequences.
For Christina DePino, a Facebook comment may have saved the life of her unborn child. Christina suffered constant itching during her pregnancy. She took to Facebook to share the experience and some other users suggested that she not ignore the problem.
A couple of people who commented on the post opined that Christina may have a hormonal condition known as cholestasis which affects the mother's gallbladder and can cause babies to die in utero if left undetected.
Christina told TODAY that the itching was more concentrated on her palms and the soles of her feet. She scratched so hard and so often that she bled and she had difficulty enjoying a good night's sleep.
After seeing the comments to her post on social media, the 35-year-old mother went on to do an online research on the condition and realised that if she did not get medical help, her baby's life could be in danger.
Christina went to her doctor and after medical tests were done, she was diagnosed with intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy. To lower the chances of risks to her baby's health, she had to be induced at 37 weeks. She went on to have a healthy and happy baby girl named Lexa Rae.
Looking back, Christina could not help but wonder what would have happened if she did not put up a Facebook post and got the information that led her to receive the help she needed.
What if no one had told me? All I could think was that I had to let other women know.
She shared a Facebook post, urging pregnant women not to ignore severe itching during pregnancy. As at today, her post has been shared over 27,000 times, so clearly, the message is making its way around.
Dr Donnica Moore, a woman's health expert and advocate, told TODAY that cholestasis rarely had any effect on the pregnant woman but can lead to sudden death for the fetus when it passes through the mother's bloodstream.
Moore's most important advice to pregnant women is that any symptom that can be described as 'severe' should always be checked out.
Thanks to Christina, more mothers are being aware of this condition and will know to go to a hospital whenever they experience this sort of itching.