South Africa
A 24-year-old female asked:

What causes terrible itching on both hands and feet during pregnancy at night ? can it harm the unborn? i am experiencing these with a flu that cozes a running yet painful nose, sometimes block it. a dry chest as well as throat and i am worried

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Audrey Lance
Gynecology 16 years experience
Cholestasis: Itching on the hands and feet is a classic sign of cholestasis of pregnancy. This is a dangerous condition that could cause in utero fetal death. You need to tell your OBGYN right away so they can do bloodwork and make a plan about delivery. You will likely need to deliver early, and you may need to have antenatal testing.
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