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Itching in pregnancy

Mild itching is common during pregnancy. But if you have more severe itching, with or without a rash, discuss this with your lead maternity carer (LMC or midwife).

Most itching during pregnancy is harmless but it can be caused by a rare liver condition called cholestasis of pregnancy (or obstetric cholestasis). A blood test can look for this. The itching usually happens when you are at least 28 weeks pregnant. If you have cholestasis of pregnancy, you and your baby need to be monitored carefully.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. December 2014.

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