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Call The Midwife star Helen George gives health update following 40th birthday celebrations

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Melanie Macleod
Melanie MacleodWellness Editor
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Call The Midwife star Helen George took to Instagram on Monday to fill her fans in on how she's feeling post-40th birthday celebrations.

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Alongside a carousel of ultra-glam photos, Helen wrote: "A weekend of celebrations, spoiled, grateful, and feeling loved. Unlike my liver." Helen wasn't the only party-goer feeling the after-effects of her birthday, though.

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A friend of the star commented: "What an amazing weekend it was, was worth the sore head."

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The majority of replies to Helen's candid post glossed over her ailment and instead wished the star a very happy birthday.

Sadly, Helen has had issues with her liver before. During her pregnancy with her daughter Lark, the actress suffered with ICP (intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy).

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Helen George was suffering after her 40th birthday party

ICP, which affects one in 140 pregnant women in the UK, is a serious liver disorder which is caused by a build-up of acid within the body. The condition means there is a higher risk of stillbirth and a potentially dangerous birth and a symptom is feeling extremely itchy.

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Speaking of the condition, Helen said: "In 2017 when I gave birth to our daughter Wren, I was diagnosed with this condition.

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Helen George had ICP during pregnancy

Detailing her itchy symptoms - something she described as "infuriating" - the actress added: "I tried everything, creams, baths, all of it and nothing would work. I would scratch all day and all night, normally on my hands, shoulders, feet but that quickly increased to just bloody everywhere. I was put onto medication (Urso) at around 30 wks.

"The medication did little for the itch and urge to scratch myself raw. I have to say this pregnancy was so uncomfortable and painful. I thought the second would be easier but it really wasn't.

Here's hoping Helen's self-inflicted liver woes from the weekend are much less uncomfortable!

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