Forget morning sickness and ankle swelling—itchiness was the symptom that bothered Christina DePino most during pregnancy. And the condition was so severe that it led to an emergency induction for her baby.
“The itching was so severe that I would wake up and I wouldn’t be able to go back to bed, and my legs and arms were scabbed and bleeding from the uncontrollable need to scratch,” DePino tells CBS News. “It got to the point that I was no longer able to sleep at all.”
After picking the brains of friends and family on Facebook, DePino wondered if she may have a condition called intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP), commonly referred to as cholestasis. Blood tests confirmed this diagnosis by week 36.
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