Cholestasis is a medical condition of the liver that affects women during pregnancy. The condition occurs late in pregnancy causing severe itching on the hands, feet and other parts of the body.
It is an intensely uncomfortable condition, though it doesn’t threaten the victim with any long-term risk. The condition may be dangerous for foetal development and should therefore, be prevented with the help of dietary changes.
Cholestasis refers to the disruption in the flow of bile, a digestive fluid in the liver, which either slows down or stops. Pregnancy is one of the causes of Cholestasis; others being obstetric Cholestasis and intrahepatic Cholestasis.
The complications of cholestasis during pregnancy can be reduced with dietary changes. Mentioned below are some dietary recommendations to avoid the complications.
An obstetrician or pregnancy care provider should be consulted to keep track of the development of cholestasis during pregnancy. Expectant mothers must prepare to deal with the situation; discussing their condition with the health care provider may make it easier to cope.
You may feel discomfort due to intense itching or have breathing issues when suffering from Cholestasis. You may ease the breathing problems with the help of breathing exercises or by practising yoga.
You may apply an anti-itch cream on all the affected areas or take a bath with a pinch of cornstarch added to the water. Alternatively, soaking itchy areas of the body in lukewarm water may also relieve itching. Application of anti-itch cream or over-the-counter products for relief from itching must be avoided if you experience unbearable itching.
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