ICP (Obstetric Cholestasis) – My Story

Kerry Gibb

Kerry Gibb is a mum to four lively boys and the author of It's A Kid's Life - a series of books aimed at children aged 7 - 11 years old.

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12 Responses

  1. Liz says:

    It’s good to share these things Kerry, I remember how worried your mum was when you were going through all this and how relieved when it all turned out ok. 🙂

    • Kerry Gibb says:

      Thank you Liz. I can’t believe it was two years ago almost to the day that it all started. I was one of the lucky ones and my heart goes out to anyone who has read this and lost their baby as a result of ICP. I realise every day when I look at Joe how lucky I was. x

  2. Emily says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. My son was stillborn in October last year due to OC and my doctor sadly misdiagnosed me as dermatitis when I discussed my symptoms with him. I would have pushed for blood tests had I known about OC but I was sadly naive and am also trying to raise awareness. My story is in ‘New!’ Magazine this week – hopefully, together with ICP Support’s wonderful work, we can really make a difference in getting everyone to recognise the symptoms.

    • Kerry Gibb says:

      Thank you for sharing this Emily. I am so terribly sorry about your son. No-one should have to go through what you have. I have such respect for you having the strength to share your story to help raise awareness in others. Lots of love, x

  3. Honest mum says:

    Such a moving story and brought back memories of my first pregnancy where I had oc. Oliver was born at 36 weeks and 6 days so nearly full term but I had to have an emergency section and it was very scary time with misinformation about the condition. I actually directed and produced a film about the condition for oc support (on their website) when my baby was older. It was an emotional, cathartic experience. Thankfully I didn’t get it with my second pregnancy and I didn’t realise statistics now say you have three times the chance of stillbirth now. So sorry to Emily who commented here who lost her baby boy. All my condolences. Thanks for sharing your story, your son is beautiful xx

  4. Kerry Gibb says:

    I didn’t realise that you went through this too Vicki. Even in the short time of two years since I had this it seems that a lot of research has been done and the experts know a bit more now. I feel devastated when I hear news like Emily’s and just hope that all the research being done can help stop others going through such heartbreak. Thanks for sharing Vicki. x

  5. Honest Mum says:

    Me too, glad more information is coming to light and I give medicine progresses to help women everywhere, heartbreaking Emily and other women are losing babies to ICP. Feel so lucky Oliver was born well, sending love to all x

  6. Lily says:

    I had OC with my first child Emily which began around 30weeks with extremely itchy hands and feet, I was induced at 37weeks.

    I very recently have just lost my second child Oscar due to him being stillborn on his due date despite seeing him that very morning appearing fit and well in a growth scan. During my pregnancy with Oscar I was seen in the maternity assessment unit a few times due to all over itchiness but each time was told my bloods were fine go home you don’t have OC and your not being induced!

    • Kerry Gibb says:

      Oh Lily, I am so so sorry to hear of your terrible loss. No mother should ever have to go through what you have. I feel just awful for you and your family. Thank you for sharing this. Lots and lots of love, Kerry x

  7. Atul says:

    Hi, can you please share what juice did you take to reduce the impact of OC. My wife is in her 8th month and has severe itching all over and unbearable. Thanks

    • Kerry Gibb says:

      Yes of course. I made the juice from pineapple, apple, carrots, fresh orange juice, ginger and broccoli. It all depends on how efficient your juicer is but I usually used half a pineapple, 2 apples, 6 carrots, an inch of ginger, a large handful of broccoli and a small cup of orange juice to make about a pint of juice. My liver still plays up now if I have a virus or a tiny bit of alcohol and I still swear by the juice helping me. (Please note my disclaimer that I am not a medical professional though and I have no proof of it helping other than my personal experience.) I really hope it helps your wife. The itching must be unbearable in this heat. I would love to hear back from you as to whether the juice helped her so please do let me know. Best wishes! Kerry

  1. May 20, 2015

    […] In 2012 I fell pregnant with my fourth son.  It wasn’t planned but I couldn’t have been happier.  It just felt like it was meant to be.  Things were different this time though.  Five months into the pregnancy I began to feel unwell.  Everything was a struggle. I had no energy, I felt itchy and my urine turned dark orange.  Blood tests revealed that I had a severe case of ICP, otherwise known as Obstetric Cholestasis.  I saw a consultant the next day who told me the words I will never forget – there was a high chance that I would lose my baby.  The next four months consisted of a day to day battle to get me and my unborn baby through this.  You can read about my story here. http://myboysandme.co.uk/uncategorized/obstetric-cholestasis-my-story/ […]

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