Christina DePino still had more than a month to go in her pregnancy, but there was one thing driving her crazy.
“I was having a ton of itching,” she explains in a video she posted to YouTube.
“I had been complaining about it on Facebook to my friends, saying that I felt like I just wanted to peel my skin off.
“A friend of mine commented and said, ‘Oh, that could be something serious called ICP. You should definitely get that checked out with your doctor. I don’t want to scare you but it could be a serious condition’.”
A second friend added a similar comment, but DePino brushed off their concerns. She’d had milder itching earlier in the pregnancy, and put it all down to moving to a colder climate that had dried out her skin.
A few days later she put up another 'complaint post'.
“My sister-in-law, who’s a nurse, commented and said, ‘Look up cholestasis of pregnancy. It could be a very serious condition if this is keeping you awake at night.’ Which it was.”
DePino admits she probably wouldn’t have mentioned it to her doctor if her friends and sister-in-law hadn’t urged her. But she made an appointment and, following a blood test, was diagnosed with cholestasis. That meant her baby was at increased risk of being stillborn.
Listen: What to expect during the fourth month of pregnancy, on Hello Bump. (Post continues after audio.)