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Mum Lisa is on a mission

Lisa Grund suffered from Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP), also known as obstetric cholestasis (OC) during three out of four of her pregnancies.
Lisa Grund suffered from Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP), also known as obstetric cholestasis (OC) during three out of four of her pregnancies. Inga Williams

WHEN Loganholme resident Lisa Grund experienced intense itching during her first pregnancy, she had no idea what was going on.

She consulted doctors and nurses, but no one could tell her what was happening.

Eventually she was diagnosed with Intrahepatic Cholestasis Pregnancy (ICP).

After suffering the condition in three out of four of her pregnancies, she is now on a mission to help others affected by the rare condition.

"Basically it is the reduction of bile flow to the liver, and it backs up in your liver," she said.

"The most common symptom is itching."

The condition has been linked to premature labour, foetal distress and stillbirth.

Ms Grund is now helping to start a support group called ICP Support to help women with the condition learn more.

"This is basically an online support group," she said.

"It's an emotional experience, and you worry about the wellbeing of your baby, and the itching makes you very anxious."

If you would like to join the support group or learn more, visit their website at www.icpsupport.org



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