When a woman is pregnant, there are a whole bunch of symptoms that she may face as a result of hormones and the developing baby that is taking over her body. During a Facebook rant one day, Christina DePino, who was very pregnant, complained about how her belly itched. Friends commented on her post and shared that it may be a hormonal condition known as Cholestasis, which affects the mother’s gallbladder and can harm and even cause the baby to die in utero if it’s left undetected.
“What had started as an all-over itch started to become more pronounced on the palms of my hands and the soles of my feet,” DePino said. “It got to the point that I could no longer sleep at night … my arms and legs were bleeding from all the scratching.”
After looking up the Cholestasis, DePino, who was 35 weeks pregnant, decided to contact her doctor and get a diagnostic testing done. It didn’t take long before she was officially diagnosed with intrahepatic cholestasis and her doctor suggested that she be induced at 37 weeks to lower the risk to her baby’s health.
On March 28th, DePino delivered a healthy baby girl and had been 37 weeks and 2 days along in her pregnancy.
Sometimes it pays to complain on Facebook.
“As soon as I was holding my beautiful baby girl in my arms, all I could think was, ‘What if?'” said DePino, who is grateful for those who shared comments. “What if I had not complained on Facebook? What if no one had told me? All I could think was that I had to let other women know. I didn’t want any of them to wonder what had happened to their perfectly healthy baby.”
DePino is on a mission to spread the word about the condition. So far, the post that she shared below, has been shared 25,000 times…
“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 & the urging of Jennifer, Britney & Monica, 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 stillborn 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!!! 💕💕 (Made this public so you guys can share away!)
(Now I will be the crazy lady running around telling all the preggie ladies to beware! 😆)”
DePino hopes to continue her mission by informing women everywhere because it could help save a baby’s life.
“I would like to urge pregnant women who are suffering from severe itching to be their own advocate,” said DePino. “Know the signs and symptoms and then contact your doctor. Don’t ignore the itch, a simple blood test could save your baby’s life.”