Okay -I'm new on here and very nervous that I'm possibly starting a new thread in error. (!?) I've looked all over and haven't seen one that addressed my question... so, here goes! (HB- just correct me if I'm wrong!)
I gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby girl last October -our first baby! My entire pregnancy was healthy and "normal" until the very end. Around week 35 I had terrible itching all over my body -especially my legs. At first my dr dismissed it as possibly dry skin. But when it continued, she decided to run some blood tests. The diagnosis was that I had cholestasis (http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnancycomplications/cholestasispregnancy.html
-for more details). Besides the excruciating itching, we found that this condition can even lead to a stillborn birth if left too long. (yikes!) The only "cure" is to deliver the baby and, since I was 37 weeks, they induced me. All my hopes for a 100% natural labor/delivery went down the drain -it was a nightmare!
My dr says that women with cholestasis during pregnancy have a 90% chance of having it with all subsequent pregnancies. My husband and I would really love to be able to bring any future children into our family in a more natural and healthy manner. But it doesn't seem possible unless I can find a way to prevent this cholestasis.
BTW -I'm planning to nurse my DD as long as she shows interest. Possibly 2 yrs at least. This might complicate matters if I want to be "healed" before my next pregnancy (which will come whenever the Lord wills!).
Thank u for your help!