One of the most common liver disease experienced by pregnant women is cholestasis. This disease causes severe itching in late pregnancy and occurs when the flow of bile is affected by the high levels of pregnancy hormones. Some of the other liver diseases that occur in pregnancy are hyperemesis gravidarum and haemolysis.
HOW IS LIVER DISEASE IN PREGNANCY DIAGNOSED?
A blood test can help a general physician to make an evaluation of liver function and to check bilirubin levels.
HOW IS LIVER DISEASE IN PREGNANCY TREATED?
Medications to relieve symptoms of liver disease, such as topical creams can provide relief from itching. Medications to reduce the accumulation of bile salts could be prescribed. Pregnant women with liver disease would need to be monitored.
DID YOU KNOW?
Diseases not related to pregnancy such as viral hepatitis can also lead to Liver Disease in Pregnancy.