A WARMINSETR mum-of-two has taken part in the Bath Colour Obstacle Rush in support of the charity that helped her battle a rare condition that put her unborn child at risk.
Laura Lockwood was 34 weeks pregnant when she began to suffer the early symptoms of Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy (ICP), which affects around 5,500 women in the UK a year and can lead to stillbirth.
The 32-year-old from Elm Hill said: “I was fine during my pregnancy, I had the usual morning sickness but then I started to feel unwell and the palm of my feet and hands started to get an uncontrollable itch.
“I remember I’d read about this and that it’s linked with a rare liver condition but you just think it will happen to someone else and not you.
“I went for tests and the doctors told me I had ICP but they didn’t explain anything to me so I started to research into it and got in touch with the founder of ICP Support, Jenny Chambers, who was great.
“She was telling me what tests I should be asking for and it can be quite an isolating condition but just having their support was invaluable.”
After being induced and giving birth four weeks earlier than planned, Mrs Lockwood and her second child Rowan are both healthy.
Mrs Lockwood, who also has a two-year-old daughter called Jude, took part in the Bath Colour Obstacle Rush at the weekend for ICP Support.
The event sees competitors take part in a 5k run over and through ten obstacles and nine colour stations where they are showered in coloured powder.
Mrs Lockwood added: “I wanted to do this so I could give back to the charity as there is so little research into the condition and no cure.
“If I was to have another child there would be a 60-90 per cent chance of having the condition again.
“I’m hoping to do other events and raise money for the charity but it is just about raising awareness as some people possibly don’t know how serious it can be.”
To make a donation, visit https://www.justgiving.com/Laura-Lockwood2