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Oct 6th, 2006, 16:24 PM   #61
 
It's quite common on belly and hips due to your skin stretching
but.............
If it gets worse please get it checked and be pushy if you need to as lots of medical staff try and and tell you it is normal until they check your levels
They say OC is very rare but it is turning up more and more

usually appears around the 30 week mark as far as i can tell

 
 

 
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Oct 6th, 2006, 16:25 PM   #62
 
Thanks Jo, Im seeing my midwife on monday so il mention it then. Just to be on the safe side cos im fast approaching 30 weeks!
 
 
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Oct 6th, 2006, 16:27 PM   #63
 
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The itching isnt keeping me awake at night.

Its mostly on my bump and hips etc.

I was told itching on bump is because it is stretching by my midwife, but i would personaly still mention it (i would worry myself over it if i didn't). every appointment i have had i have gone in with a list of small nagging things, just to hear the midwife to tell me its all normal its what i need though to not worry about stuff!

Ive got itchy stretch marks on my lower belly as well. kinda where my knickers sit, but i think it is my knickers that make them itch.
 
 
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Oct 9th, 2006, 18:24 PM   #64
 
Iíve just got back from the hospital, and I have got OC We have caught it early though so we should be able to treat it.

If I understood correct - My LTF (liver function) and ALT (a part of the LFT) are elevated, but my bile acid test is normal.

They have started me on some drug I can not pronounce, plus Piriton for the itching, and I cream to put on my arms & legs. Also, if there isnít a fantastic improvement, I will be put on steroids and vitamin K. And there is a chance baby will be delivered early. I have to have daily traces done on babyís heart, plus weekly blood tests.

On top of this they have found protein in my wee (and increased levels of something else, which I didn't catch) and a test sent off last week shows I have another water infection!

On the plus-side, baby is doing fine! Itís just mum that is suffering


Iím so glad I read this all first, because it hasn't seemed like so much of a shock! Thanks for your kind words / listening to me panic! I don't feel quite so alone or scared!
 
 
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Oct 9th, 2006, 18:56 PM   #65
 
Aww hun at least they have caught it well in advance and it is good your bile levels are normal mine shot up to 44 at one point and if i remeber right around 12 was the top end of normal!!!!

I had steroid injectios its only 2, 2-3 days apart, this is just because if they have to deliver early the babies lungs will have developed like they should

I also had the Vit K which was good as beleive it or not it is like a smartie

If your levels do continue to rise they will not let you go past 37 weeks but this is fine and nothing to worry about

I'm here any time you want a chat hun
 
 

 
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Oct 9th, 2006, 20:48 PM   #66
 
Thanks jo. Its all still sinking in at the mo really. Ive got another appointment tomorrow and a third on wednesday.

Good thing i only live a 5 mins walk to the hospital! It seems like i am going to be spending loads of time there in the comming months!

hopefuly they can keep my levels under control
 
 
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Oct 10th, 2006, 20:33 PM   #67
 
Hi Sam, I only just saw this and am sorry to see you have OC but wow I am impressed that they have reacted so quickly for you, I had a nightmare!

It sounds like you are being well looked after and if you are taking ursofalk I'm sure you will be relieved of the itching quickly. Its so worrying though but I have just had my daughter 5 days ago (36+6) and she is perfect! Your baby will be too

Jo, you are right this seems much more common than the statistics show. I will make sure that anyone that I know that itches while pregnant gets checked out now. It can be devastating if not diagnosed and yet the worst can so easily be avoided. I get quite emotional when I look at Leorah and wonder what might of happened if I wasn't diagnosed
 
 
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Oct 10th, 2006, 21:05 PM   #68
 
They where pretty good really. Iím glad I told my midwife and not my doc though, as when I told him what the condition is he had no idea, and he has been a doctor for 35 odd years!

He was the one that rushed the hospital though. I would still be waiting on results if he had not moaned at them. But now they have started me on the meds and monitoring me (11 pills a day! im going to rattle!!!).

Im on Ursodeocycholica acid & chlorphenamine at the moment to see if that helps control my levels.
Iíve got a scan booked in tomorrow, and a liver scan booked in on Friday to double check that.

I agree about the amount of people. When I was waiting for my trace today, someone was just leaving with the same condition. The midwifes seem pretty clued up on it as well.

Will they let me deliver naturally, or will I need a c section? We havenít got that far down the road yet with the docs - they are more worried about my bloods. Also, do they always induce before 37 weeks? I have an appointment with the consultant tomorrow, so I will find out more then, but I was wondering what you guys have been told?

When I told my poor dad he started worrying everyone says im coping really well, and its you guys that are helping! Reading your birth stories has helped tons (although I don't like the sound of your c section skatty! sounds like you had a bad time with it!)
 
 
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Oct 11th, 2006, 11:06 AM   #69
 
HIya hun, i was on 15 tablets aday lol!!!!

they always deliver before 37 weeks that is what i was told

They induced me spot on 37 weeks they gave me 3 pessaries and then broke my waters and kept me hooked up to the moniter more or less all the time once they had done my waters, i then had him 5hrs after they had broken my waters

I wasn't told about having a c-section i think that would only be if it was emergancy and babys heart rate dropped rapidly

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Oct 13th, 2006, 12:39 PM   #70
 
Hi, I only had a sction because I was very anxious about childbirth but looking back it couldn't have been worst than the section I also have to say I think my experience was very unusual.

I can't believe how well they are treating you at the hospital, its so good to hear because its worrying enough without having problems with the medics. I personally would have insisted that I wanted my baby at 37 weeks because your levels can rise dangerously after this time even on the medication.

My Mum's friend is a midwife and she sees about 4 women every week with OC! They are all induced at 37 weeks to be safe. If you are not going to be induced that early I would ask for daily monitering just so you know all is ok. If my poor Leorah was quiet I would poke her constantly, 'I think she used to get really fed up of me

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Oct 13th, 2006, 19:34 PM   #71
 
had my 2nd jab in my bum today and my liver scan. The results hadn't been put on the system when i went upstairs for my daily trace, but they are giving me the impression that it is the gall stones that have most prob caused the OC to raise its ugly head.

Stupid me picked up a gown with no ties at the back and ended flashing my knickers to half the waiting room.

Still i will know more tomorrow. Same treatment either way, unless they have found something else.
The hospital are being great. Apart from the fact that they don't really seem to talk to each other, they are really quite lovely. the other midwifes i was dealing with before they found out where a bit snobby. Didn't really seem to have the time of day for anyone.

Ive roughly been given an induction date of the 3rd dec (give or take a few days)
 
 
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Oct 20th, 2006, 16:27 PM   #72
 
Was wondering if someone can help? Saw my midwife on Monday and mention I was getting a pain at the top of my bump on the right every now and again. She said as it was where my liver is they would do a liver function test. didnt think anything of it. Doctors surgery rung today and said I have to go in for repeat test on Wednesday as the levels were slightly raised.

I have severe eczema everywhere which has been uncontrollable at the moment. My hands are really itchy all the time and cracked and cant put them in water without them hurting. Only get eczema on hands in pregnancy. The tops of my feet are also so itchy esp at night. I have never mentioned this as I thought it was just ezcema and always used to itching. Doctors would not tell me anything other than going to re test as it was a receptionist who rung. If it is a liver funtion test, do you think they are concerned about OC. They know my ezcema has been bad as was on steriods 3 weeks ago. I am worried what it could be now and no one has told me anything. Did anyone else have these symptoms? I am also always hot and live in front of my fan even though it is nearly winter.

If anyone has any advice, can you please let me know as I am really worried.

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Oct 20th, 2006, 16:49 PM   #73
 
I didn't have any pain in my liver, but i did (and still do) have very itchy hands and feet, and get hot very quickly. Also tired all the time, but it think that is down to the lack of sleep.

If you are worried, you could kick off a bit. My GP did and got my tests rushed through.
 
 
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Nov 2nd, 2006, 12:43 PM   #74
 
YEY! Bile acid levels have dropped from 32 to 11! still above the 3 they started at, but much better! MW mentioned 11 was still high for 'normal people', but a good level for someone with OC.

Also, found out that there are only two women in my hospital suffering from OC, and the other person is having a c section today. No wonder the student midwifes are all so eager to talk to me about it. we are rare!!!

and, in the last week, i have noticed in a couple of different books / mags about the condition! odd how you notice things more when they are linked to you! lol
 
 
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Nov 6th, 2006, 10:39 AM   #75
 
in my previous pregnancy i had OC, though thankfully it didnt start until 38 weeks so i was induced 2 days after my due date, i had itching that was pretty severe, was scrubbing myself with a green scourer it was that bad,

apparently its more likely in subsequent pregnancies so im hoping i dont get it but if i do i know how bad it is having had it before,

quite worrying if you get it early on though
 
 
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