Cholestasis is a late pregnancy disorder that triggers an uncontrollable itching on the hands and feet as well as other parts of the body. While the condition does not pose any major risk to the expectant mother or the unborn baby, it can cause birth complications. This is the reason why most gastroenterologyspecialists would recommend an early birth. Basically, the condition impairs the flow of bile or the digestive fluid from the liver. Along with the intense itching, which may usually begin in third trimester, the other symptoms of the condition are nausea, loss of appetite and yellowing of the skin and eyes.
HOW IS CHOLESTASIS DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis is carried out by the gastroenterologist with the help of lab tests that will examine the blood and urine of the patient. Also, the diagnosis may include imagine tests and liver functioning tests to ascertain the cause of the disease.
HOW IS CHOLESTASIS TREATED?
The aim of treating the condition is to reduce the itching and to prevent pregnancy complications. A prescription drug, ursodiol, is usually prescribed to reduce the amount of bile in the expectant mother’s blood. Anti-itching lotions are not advisable as they may pose threat to the unborn baby. To avoid any complications, an early delivery is most often advised.