Affecting about 3%-5% of women, liver disease in pregnancy is quite rare. Medical science is not sure of the direct causes that lead to liver disease in pregnancy, but the potential causes are an infection of the hepatitis virus or gall stones. Acute fatty liver of pregnancy (AFLP), intrahepatic cholestasis, preeclampsia and HELLP Syndrome are liver conditions in women that are unique to pregnancy. These conditions have no comparison to liver diseases that affect other patients. Symptoms of liver diseases in pregnancy include severe itching, high blood pressure, gain in weight, anemia, headaches and blood clotting defects. ALFP is a liver condition that generally occurs in the third trimester and can even cause liver failure or coma.
HOW IS LIVER DISEASE IN PREGNANCY DIAGNOSED?
HELLP Syndrome affects 4-20% of pregnant women with preeclampsia.