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Pregnant, have severe itching all over body that triggers at night, swelling on hands and feet. Cause?

Hi, im 38 weeks pregnant and have terrible itching all over my body, mainly my legs, ankles and top of hands. i ve had this since i was around 30 weeks, it only happens at night, at the same time everynight (around 8pm/9pm) and keeps me awake and fidgety till around 5pm when i get so tired i just fall asleep. my hands, feet , ankles and wrists are also badly swollen which has just started accuring in the past couple of weeks, even when i put my feet up for a few days it doesn t go down... whether this has anything to do with the itching i have no idea! it s getting worse as my pregnancy progresses, it s really getting me down and very tired. What could this be?
Asked On : Mon, 18 Feb 2013
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You need to consult your gynaec immediately and get blood tests done as such severe itching can be due to cholestasis of pregnancy and also get your BP checked if the hands and feet are swollen and doesn't reduce with rest as this could be due to high BP. So consult your doctor immediately and get worked up as you are near term and it can affect the baby. Take care.
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