Welcome! My name is Hilary and I am a mother of three ICP babies living in Wisconsin. I have a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin and aside from raising my kids, my time is spent running my dog training center and promoting awareness of Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy (ICP).
ICP is a little-known liver disorder of pregnancy that affects about 1-2 out of every 1000 pregnancies here in the United States. Expectant moms rarely have heard of it, and often their doctors don’t know much about it either. The hallmark symptom of ICP is itching, which most people find difficult to believe could be a big deal. However, nothing could be farther from the truth. This is one deadly itch – one that threatens not the mother, but her unborn baby. Untreated, the risk of stillbirth with ICP is as high as 15%. While this seems dire, all it takes is proper treatment – the medication Ursodeoxycholic Acid and delivery by 36-38 weeks – for the risk to be reduced to that of an uncomplicated pregnancy.
As a result of my struggles with ICP, I became involved in the not-for-profit organization ICP Care where I currently serve as Support Groups Manager. At ICP Care we provide research-based, medically accurate and relevant information to expectant mothers who are experiencing symptoms, help them find doctors, and assist them in getting proper treatment. Please visit www.icpcare.org to learn more or to connect with support groups.