Jorden’s missed diagnosis resulted in placental failure and glucose issues for her son after birth. She shares her birth story here to help encourage moms and spread awareness.
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Episode 4 – Jorden’s missed diagnosis and birth story
Jorden came on to tell her story of how her consistent high blood sugars resulted in placental failure and forced and emergency delivery, but the issues didn’t stop there.
Jorden’s son had glucose issues that kept him in the NICU and still affect him to this day, at 18 months old.
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What is cholestasis of pregnancy?
“Cholestasis of pregnancy [also known as ICP] is a liver problem. It slows or stops the normal flow of bile from the gallbladder. This causes itching and yellowing of your skin, eyes, and mucous membranes (jaundice)…..It most often goes away within a few days after delivery.” Reference
It is linked to increased risk of preterm labor and stillbirth.
What are the risk factors of cholestasis in pregnancy?
— Personal or family history of cholestasis of pregnancy – if you had it in a previous pregnancy, there’s over 60% chance of getting it again
— History of liver damage or disease
— Being pregnant with twins or more
There’s no known way to prevent cholestasis in pregnancy.
What are the symptoms of cholestasis?
— Intense itching – can be experience all over but commonly in the palms of hands and soles of feet
— Yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice)
— Loss of appetite
The only way to diagnose cholestasis is through a blood test.
Cholestasis of Pregnancy & Gestational Diabetes
Because cholestasis affects glucose metabolism, cholestasis of pregnancy carries a higher risk of gestational diabetes.
Also, a 2019 study showed that 73% of gestational diabetes diagnosed women (from the study) developed a mild case of cholestasis.
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