This Mom’s Facebook Post May Have Saved Her Baby’s Life Her Itchiness Turned Out To Be The Sign Of A Dangerous Condition.
Some of us tend not to share our lives publicly and might judge those who do. But sharing stuff on social media has its perks. In fact, sometimes, the sharing can save you from a great deal of trouble as people from lots of various experiences, backgrounds and information are there for you on social media.
Such was the case with Christina DePino, who took to Facebook after being frustrated with an itchy condition that was so intense that it kept her up at nights. She had started to scratch until she bled. As a response to her post, three of her friends told her to got the doctor immediately as this was an indication of a serious condition.
She did go to the doctor and found out that she had intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy or ICP.This pregnancy-related liver disorder puts moms and babies at risk for pre-term labor, respiratory distress, maternal hemorrhaging and stillbirth.
Doctors recommend early delivery at around 32 weeks for women suffering from this condition. And so at 32 weeks and 2 days, the daughter of Christina DePino was born. She was named Lexa Rae and seemed healthy.
She shared her experience on Facebook, this time to serve as the warner.
“Now I will be the crazy lady running around telling all the preggie ladies to beware!”
This is her full statement:
“If your [sic] 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 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!!! (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! )”
For more info on this condition, visit :
ICPcare.org – they are working to spread awareness!