Venting our feelings or complaining about something on Facebook has—at some point—become the norm. While most of the time these kinds of statuses and their comments may cause you to roll your eyes or even hit “unfriend,” there is the occasional status that turns out to be quite helpful.
In Christina DePino’s case a status she made about an unpleasant experience during her pregnancy yielded her advice that may have saved her baby’s life.
When DePino was nearing the end of her pregnancy she developed an annoying itch.
One day DePino started suffering from “severe itching.” It was so severe that it often left her arms and legs bloody and unable to sleep.
“What had started as an all-over itch started to become more pronounced on the palms of my hands and the soles of my feet,” DePino told TODAY. “It got to the point that I could no longer sleep at night … my arms and legs were bleeding from all the scratching.”
DePino took to Facebook to complain about the itching.
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The soon-to-be mother complained on Facebook about her itching and several friends responded and urged her to consider the possibility that she might have a condition called cholestasis.
Cholestasis is a condition where the flow of bile from the liver is reduced. One the main symptoms is itching, usually on the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet.
While complications are rare and unlikely to cause long-term problems for the mother, complications for an unborn baby can be severe.
Her complaint led her to search the internet for more information on cholestasis.
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DePino researched cholestasis and after learning her child could be stillborn she contacted her doctor. She was diagnosed with intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy.
Her doctor suggested her labor be induced at 37 weeks in order to give her unborn child the best chance at survival.
At 37 weeks DePino delivered her daughter, Lexa Rae.
DePino’s daughter, Lexa Rae, arrived earlier than expected, but she was healthy and at that point that was all that mattered.
“As soon as I was holding my beautiful baby girl in my arms, all I could think was, ‘What if?'” she told TODAY. “What if I had not complained on Facebook? What if no one had told me? All I could think was that I had to let other women know. I didn’t want any of them to wonder what had happened to their perfectly healthy baby.”
Now the new mother is urging others to “be their own advocate.”
“Now I will be the crazy lady running around telling all the preggie ladies to beware!”