Itchy skin

If your skin is itchy, speak to your midwife; she can check you for a medical condition called intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP)

Many women find their skin itches during pregnancy. While this is normal for most women, occasionally it’s a sign of a liver disorder called intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP, also called obstetric cholestasis)

Itching with ICP can be mild or severe. The hands and feet are usually affected, but other areas of the body may be itchy too, and the itching may be particularly bad at night. If untreated, ICP can affect the pregnancy and the baby, and lead to premature labour. It also increases the risk of stillbirth

If you have itchy skin, even if it's quite mild

  • Call your midwife within 24 hours – a blood test for ICP is available, so it’s straightforward to diagnose and treatment is available
More information

The charity ICP Support has a lot of information about ICP symptoms, risks and treatment for women and health professionals. The charity also supports research into ICP