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Oh mamas, I got myself all worked up last night. I woke up around 3 am to go to the bathroom and noticed that the soles of my feet were a little itchy. Now, I had dangled them in the pool last night and didn't put any lotion or anything on afterwards so that's always a recipe for itchiness for me.<br><br>
In fact, I might not have given it a second thought it if I hadn't participated in a recent thread on cholestasis here on MDC. Plus a mom in the pregnancy group of my vox community just blogged about her cousin who was induced at 34 weeks for this condition after meds stopped controlling it effectively.<br><br>
Unfortunately, I have had cholestasis before. It developed sometime around 37 weeks in my first pregnancy. I'm going to have to look it up - I can't remember precisely (that was over 11 years ago!). I was induced at 39 weeks.<br><br>
I didn't have it with my subsequent two pregnancies. The recurrence rate is supposedly pretty high though - one person in that recent MDC thread mentioned it may even be <i>as LOW as</i> 60%. So as I lie in bed, with fleetingly itchy feet last night, I did THAT math and got myself all kinds of freaked out.<br><br>
If I'm looking at onset at 31 weeks - yikes. Not good. Anyway, the itching was fleeting, but the emotional angst is taking a toll. I finally got myself back to sleep after 1.5 hours with a mantra/affirmation: "Your liver is healthy. Your body is strong."<br><br>
I woke up toasty warm around 6 am and there was no sign of itchiness. Only time will tell if it comes back and intensifies. At which point I would certainly call my doc immediately to order bloodwork.<br><br>
In the meantime - man, this really startled me out of complacency. I've been so busy expecting and preparing myself for another healthy late-term pregnancy - I feel a little blindsided by the potential for this kind of scary complication. Last night I was playing out the possible scenarios in my mind if the cholestasis did indeed recur in this pregnancy (sob) - meds for however many weeks they worked, followed by an early delivery (if I'm LUCKY we make it to 37 weeks, and absolutely no later).<br><br>
Which led me to conclude that I would absolutely go in for a scheduled repeat c/s over an early induction with an unripe cervix.<br><br>
And then I'm thinking OMG, I can't even believe I'm lying here making decisions like this. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">: I'm planning another homebirth, dammit.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2"> That does sound scary. I hope it was just "dry feet". Good luck!
 

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Bee we seem to have similar neuroses. I've never had cholestasis but I have PUPPs this time around and I've had fleetingly itchy hands and feet. I wouldn't have thought anything of it because it does happen occasionally to me even when not pregnant except I've read up on the damn illness. I am not planning a homebirth but I am planning a way different experience than I have had in the past. I don't want another induction. I also stress about her position (never worried about this), my water breaking early, going into labor early... etc the list goes on. I don't remember turning into such a worry wart.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> I hope it was nothing sweetie...
 

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I'm of the mind that if you plan for the worst and for the best, then you don't get blind-sided and disappointed if you don't get the birth you want. The perfect part is holding that baby at the end, how you get there means little.<br><br>
That said, I hope it's nothing & you're just being paranoid. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2">
 

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I've had the itchiness off and on too. I'm taking a liver support tincture from my midwife. It has in it: yellow dock, dandelion, milk thistle, burdock, nettles and Oregon Grape. I take a half dropper full three times a day. I think for me, being proactive helps me to keep positive when the worries start to settle in. But like you and other PP's, I tend to start imagining the worst. Keep thinking positive!
 

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Not to pick on you, because I know you mean well, and everyone seems to say what you said -- but it's just not true.<br><br>
How your labor & delivery goes is very, very important. A birth gives lifelong memories (good and bad) and sometimes there are scars, too.<br><br>
I just would hate to make the OP feel that her desires for a homebirth are undervalued, and that it's not important whether she gets her HB or not. It IS important. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Not to pick on you, because I know you mean well, and everyone seems to say what you said -- but it's just not true.<br><br>
How your labor & delivery goes is very, very important. A birth gives lifelong memories (good and bad) and sometimes there are scars, too.<br><br>
I just would hate to make the OP feel that her desires for a homebirth are undervalued, and that it's not important whether she gets her HB or not. It IS important. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2"></div>
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I certainly wouldn't want to imply that her desires for a homebirth are unimportant or undervalued. I sincerely hope that she gets the birth she wants. I just also think it's important to keep in mind that sometimes things don't go the way you want and that that is OK too.
 

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Nic - I was wondering about your bout of PUPPs - have you had any relief from that, or is it just always there?<br><br>
So far, no further itching since that little bit last night.<br><br>
As far as birth goes - I have a certain amount of peace with whatever outcome. I've done the gamut: c/s, hospital vbac and home waterbirth. I would sure like a repeat of birth #3, but I know I'll be okay with whatever I have to do (after a spell of grieving, no doubt).<br><br>
What really has me so worked up is the sudden realization that I have some risk here of a preterm birth and NICU stay for Jake. I've been in my own little lala land of that's not likely to happen to me and taking a healthy fullterm pregnancy completely for granted (even my cholestasis pg went fullterm). It frightened me to come face to face (in the middle of the night, when all our fears are magnified, of course) with the possibility of high risk and prematurity.<br><br>
If I am destined for a recurrence, I'm just praying I can get through another 4 weeks or so before it flares.<br><br>
And I'm really really praying that I'm just a neurotic freak and laughing at my silliness a couple months from now.<br><br>
Oh and speaking of itchies... I think I have a yeast infection AGAIN. GAH. I guess I jinxed myself the other day when I boasted that the probiotics were keeping them at bay.
 

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I know your situation is not funny...but the first thing I thought of was....<br><br><br><br>
You can SEE your feet? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Hope that made you chuckle too.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I know your situation is not funny...but the first thing I thought of was....<br><br><br><br>
You can SEE your feet? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
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LOL - what gave you that idea, silly girl? I can barely REACH them! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Bee I still have my rash.. it was doing really well and then all of a sudden over the past couple days I've had a flare up. It spread up to the top of my belly and I've found that using my colostrum (hehe) helps to soothe it quite a bit plus I am using Aveeno lotion and hydrocortisone when it's really unbearable. If I'm really good about drinking my water that helps too. I also have a shower wash that has some tea tree oil, olive oil and something else in it.. for some reason if I shower everyday the itch isn't as unbearable. It started along the bottom of my belly and that is now gone so it's a rash that likes to wander.<br><br>
I would take a proactive approach to this hon. Start drinking dandelion root tea, up your flax seed intake and I'm sure there are other "natural" things you can find that will help detox your liver. I wish I could afford to get some of that stuff but for now it's not an option. I'll be thinking of you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 
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