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Mum warns pregnant women about the dangers of ignoring itchy skin… and her advice could save your unborn child’s life.

Christina DePino's itch was so unbearable it was keeping her up at night.

A MUM has warned pregnant women about the danger of ignoring itchy skin, and her advice could save your unborn child's life.

An itch might seem like a harmless annoyance, but Christina DePino discovered it was anything but - after the intense feeling kept her awake at night, and left her scratching at her skin until it was scabbed and bleeding.

The 29-year-old, from Michigan, USA, gave birth to her daughter Lexa Rae nearly a year ago - on March 28.

But things could have been very different if Christina's sister-in-law, a nurse, hadn't noticed the signs of the rare liver condition which left her with an all-consuming itch, which can cause a stillbirth.

Christina told Global News: “I posted on Facebook saying that I just wanted to peel my skin off! Nothing would help the itching.”

At the time, she was 35 weeks pregnant - and Christina's sister-in-law suggested she could have intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP).

Christina immediately contacted her doctor for blood tests, and was diagnosed with ICP. She was induced at 37 weeks.

Still speaking to Global News, Christina added: “As soon as I was holding my beautiful baby girl in my arms, all I could think was, ‘What if? What if I had not complained on Facebook? What if no one had told me?'”

Determined to spread the word, Christina returned to Facebook and wrote a powerful post about her experience.

 

 

She said: "If your pregnant & your itching REALLY bad, don't ignore it!!

"Started having severe itching a few weeks ago, (it was keeping me up at night).

"Thanks to a little Facebook complaining I got the itch checked out & found out I had pregnancy Cholestasis, which is basically harmless for me - except for the crazy itching - But could have caused a still born after 37 weeks!!

"I was officially diagnosed last week and had to get her out this week! We are so blessed!

"Thanks guys for giving some amazing advice which may have just saved our precious girl's life! Yeah We are SO BLESSED & in awe!!!"

Christina urged others to spread the word, and her post has since been shared more than 28,000 times.

She made the post a year ago, but it's been going viral again this week - as little Lexa's first birthday approaches.

 

Please visit ICP Care for more information about the condition.

 

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