Every year in the UK, just over 3,000 babies are stillborn, and intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP) will be one of the causes. A complex liver condition of pregnancy caused by a combination of hormones, genetics and environment, ICP affects around 5,500 women a year in the UK, and its main symptom, itching, can be so debilitating for women that some have reported feeling suicidal. However, for some women the itch can be so mild that they do not report it to health professionals, and this may increase their risk of stillbirth if the condition remains undiagnosed.
ICP Support is the UK’s leading research-based charity for the condition, providing information and vital support to affected women and their families. As well as this, the charity fundraises to support ongoing research and raising awareness amongst health professionals and the public, so that its vision of ensuring that every ICP baby is born safely can be realised.
For further information visit www.icpsupport.org