Will I get ICP again?
- Reported recurrence rates vary, with some researchers stating 60% and others up to 90%. What is known is that women who have ICP in one pregnancy are very likely to develop it again in a subsequent one.
- If you are expecting more than one baby this increases your risk of developing it.
- If you have or have had IVF (fertility) treatment this also seems to be associated with an increased risk of developing ICP.
- And although it’s not typical, ICP can present before 28 weeks of pregnancy (called the first and second trimesters) as opposed to the usual onset, which is in the third trimester (28 weeks onwards). The earliest reported diagnosis has been at 8 weeks of pregnancy. Your health professional may not know this can happen, so you may need to be prepared to be assertive about having the blood tests you require if this happens to you.
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