Itching in pregnancy, Part I: Obstetric cholestasis/intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy

We have all felt at itch at one point in our life even if just from a scratchy jumper that an elderly relative made you where as a child! During pregnancy, itch or pruritus is one of the inconvenient symptoms that a woman can get. Those women with it probably feel that the term: ‘inconvenient’ … Continue reading Itching in pregnancy, Part I: Obstetric cholestasis/intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy

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Monitoring babies during labour

I was interested to see a debate in the British Medical Journal this week about whether women in labour should have continuous foetal monitoring or not. Continuous foetal monitoring (CFM) is a way of monitoring the baby’s heartbeat and the mother’s contractions during labour. To do this a strap is put around the woman’s tummy … Continue reading Monitoring babies during labour