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By Tracee CornforthMarch 2, 2005
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well i am 25 weeks pregnant and i just got diagnosed with gall stones and a kidney malfunction that my uterus is blocking the the passeges to my kidneys wich really sucks i am in the worst pain and i cant take any thing …. and i have to wait until the baby is born till i can get anything done about this so im going to sit in pain 4 the next 3 months i hope you have a better situation then me and i hope that u can hang in there keep the diet it will make you feel better ….
im 23 weeks pregnant and i just saw the dr 2days ago with severe pain and he said it was probably my gallbladder becoming inflamed they gave me hydrocodone for pain which confuses me any help would be appreciated
I am 20 weeks pregnant and I had my gallbladder removed 3 weeks ago. My ob, along with my GP and the surgeon decided the risk of complications from them were greater than the risk of the surgery. But I did go to one of the best surgeons in the country (and paid cash since he was not part of my health plan). Thank God everything went fine, I am recovering fast and the baby is doing well. Good luck to all who are suffering from the same condition.
Yes, I am 15 weeks and had to go to the ER for gallstones. I was 10 weeks at the time and so they could not do anything. The low fat diet is somewhat of a pain, isn’t it? But I haven’t been in pain from the gallstones. You might check with your doctor – they gave me antibiotics until it was no longer painful.
Hello, I am 34 weeks and have just been told i have gallstones. I also have to wait untill after i have had the baby before anything can be done. I am sick all the time and in a great deal of pain. My mum had her gallstones removed a couple of years ago so understands the pain that i am going through. I am now going to try the low fat diet and hopefully easy the pain.
Hi, im 21 weeks pregnant with my third child. I was diagnosed with gallstones a year ago after having my first attack. I chose not to remove it just after one attack and had no pain until now with another mild attack during pregnancy.Its pretty scary while youre pregnant and I have no idea what sort of diet i should be following any ideas. Confused and hungry
Wow! I am 24 weeks and have been in pain for a little over a week. I went to two different ER’s before getting to the gall bladder disease diagnosis. I don’t have stones, just inflimation, and it’s the worst pain I’ve ever felt! I’ve had 2 kids already too! I’m watching my cholesterol intake and have a list of foods to avoid, and Tylenol#3 w/ codine for the night-time attacks. If anyone knows how to deal with this diet-help me out. I’m not overweight, but know I don’t eat healthy. Losing the red meats is going to be HARD!
I am 27 weeks pregnant. I was diagnosed with gallstones and pancreantitis (which is life threatening). Once I was well enough to leave the hospital (12 days later) I was placed on a low fat diet until baby comes, then surgery. I feel for everyone it hurts and nowhere near fun. But the diet does help tremendously.
I am 17 weeks pregnant. I have been in and out of the ER for 3 years. I have been to see several differnt doctors and specialist. Now that I am in my 3rd pregnancy I was finally just diagnoised with gallstones. It was the worst pain ever!! And even the tylenol with codine did not help. It always happened at night and would last anywhere from 5 to 12 hours. My doctor also said he can do nothing for me until after I have the baby. Then surgery. He put me on a low fat\no fat diet. Also I have been drinking flax seed tea and eating flax seed oatmeal. I read online somewhere that will help stop the night time attacks and the pain. So far i have had no more attacks. So, I am keeping my fingers crossed. Good luck to you also!
I’ve been having awful bouts of vomitting and pain. I went to the midwife today and she thinks it’s gall stones. I’ve just read up on the symptoms I’ve had them all for ages but thought it was just pregnancy. I’m reading the comments that I may have to endure this pain for another 6 weeks but I can’t stand the thought of it. I don’t want to eat or drink for fear of reprisals later tonight. I don’t normally moan but I bet if the docs were suffering this they would help the ladies go into labour a bit quicker. If I go overdue like my last pregnancy’s I’m going to be vile! Any words to calm a very angry old bird?
I am 30 weeks pregnant and my gall bladder is full of stones. The doctor put me on pain meds because there is too much of a risk to take my gall bladder out while pregnant. The pain sucks.
I’ve been to the hosptal three times doctors three times in the past two years and only now when I’m 39 weeks pregnant have they bleeeding diagnosed gallstones.
I’m 23 and not overweight so I guess they didn’t see it. But I’m at least glad someone has told me what this pain that feels like an evil heart attack and lasts for hours is.
Just fed up though.
Need energy for labour- am already a bit nervous about that as it’s my first- the last thing ya need when ur pregnant is being up all hours in agony
Also is Christmas soon and I already can’t drink coz of breastfeeding but now I can’t enjoy my food either HUMPH!
Well I can’t complain I’m getting a beautiful baby girl soon and I’m sure she will be worth it.
Sorry to all of you that have to go through this hell- and sorry for myself too hahah
Omg can’t belive it all the stories I’ve read r just like mine iam 27 weeks I was diagnosed with gallbladder stones when I was 12 weeks I have to be dealing with da most horrible pain all my preagnecy but this 4 days have been the ugliest nights I have had the pain is consta there it doesn’t go away I was in the er room on Sunday they have me tylenol # 3 with coddine but it does not calm my pain at all I am really desperate cause I can’t do anything becouse of the pain I have 3 more kids and they need me to be okay so I can be with them but its really hard with this pain on me all day even at night is worst can somebody help me and tel me what type of foods I can eat to decre my pain thank you 4 ur time good luck to every .
Wow… I’m 15 weeks pregnant and was diagnosed with gallbladder sludge, which is just as bad as gallstones. I have been so nausea’s for the last week and a half and the doctors told me to eat bland foods and to do the brat diet. bananas rice apple sauce and toast. But I’m a extremely fussy eater and don’t eat a lot. Its good to know other people went through the same thing.
Hi… I was diagnosed with gallstones a few months before catching pregnant, well i was due for the operation but caught pregnant.
now, for 6 months previous i had changed my diet anyway and have found that it works, as my attacks have become less frequent and not so severe. in fact I’ve not had an attack for some time. But at the cost of possible anemia.I’m waiting for another test to see if I’m anemic. I’m just approaching 3 months now. what foods are iron rich? so i can avoid taking iron tablets???
Help! I’m 10 weeks pregnant and any time I eat anything fatty or spicy I am in HORRIBLE pain. I thought it was just heartburn, but this week the pain between my shoulder blades started. After looking this up I noticed the heartburn, shoulder pain and bloating are all symptoms of gallstones. Does this sound familiar to anyone?? Thanks!
I have gallstones however i am not pregnant but went through the pain of them while I was they pass it on as chronic heartburn or a tear in the digestive tract. shoulder, side, neck pain are common. extremely bad sleep patterns. But have anyone gotten anxiety attacks from it? Have any of you experinced that you can no longer venture as far as you once were able tyoo without getting opain in your chest like an attack? Please let me know. even email me if you have too. stevosgurl69. I am trying to become pregnant agian and am weighing the risks (pros and cons) of doing so while having gallstones. I am booked for surgury but my surgeon say’s because my gallbladder no longer works I’ll be in more pain after the surgury for life. So i may just opt for strong pain meds instead of the surgury.
Hi, I’m 31 and 13 weeks pregnant with gallstones. I just had a procedure done called (ERCP) it’s where they go through your mouth and It’s NOT invasive to remove 2 large stones from my bile duct. I will go back when I’m 16 weeks to have my gallbladder removed. You may not need the ERCP it just depends where the stones are. But for those who are in real pain and in your 3rd trimester this may give you some type of relief for a few weeks, I know it did for me. Surgery is best in your second trimester so if you really want it I wouldn’t wait. The 3rd trimester alot more complicated however DO YOUR HOMEWORK ladies. Try to find the best General surgeon or GI doctor in your area. I did a lot of research and went to the best hospital and Dr. in my area and it was covered under my insurance. Get 3 consults if you can I had an obgyn, general surgeon and GI specialist. Everything went fine and I feel alot better!! Good luck everyone
I am about 4-5 weeks pregnant and I was diagnosed with gallstones, but the drs. won’t do surgery. I’ve had this pain for months and did not realize that it was my gallbladder. I want the pain to go away or at least not be so severe, is it okay that I take tylenol? I called my ob-gyn, but did not get an answer yet. Can someone please help me!!! D
I was diagnosed with gallstones and I am 19 weeks pregnant. I have been in pain for at least a year in which I have visited my local emergency room twice. They were unable to find the problem and I am now left with thousands of dollars in medical bills. I was then referred by my doctor to another hospital for an ultrasound. While waiting for my appointment to come(months later) is when a got pregnant which was a big surprise because I was really sick around the time of my conception. I am so upset because if the ER doctors at my local hospital would have found the problem earlier, I could have gotten this problem solved and probably wouldn’t be dealing with this during my already stressful pregnancy.
I am 13wks preggo and this past week I had my first bout of major pain, worse than labor for my first child which was a 44hr deal. The pain came on sudden and lasted for an hr. The next day it returned after lunch to which rocked my world and left me doubled over on the couch moaning and crying. I called my husband who took me to the ER. After 3hrs and bloodwork, a sonogram of the baby and gall bladder the Dr determined Gall Bladder disease. He said to avoid all fats and spices in foods.
My midwife suggested taking a 1/2cup of olive oil mixed with a 1/2 cup of lemon or grapefruit juice before bed. Mix really well, like your favorite , missed, cocktail and chug it, don’t sip. Chase it with more straight lemon juice or grapefruit juice.
The next morning you’ll have major BM most likely including your gall stones.
The olive oil acts as a softener for the stones and soothes the inflammation of the G B.
I thought this was insane but my midwife has delivered over 3,000 babies and has seen this very commonly in pregnancy.
Cheers girls, mtnmama
I am 12 weeks and dignosaed with Gall Stones at week 9. I have had 5 attacks in the last month! They have be doubled over for hours, even with the drugs it last a couple at least. I am trying to decide whether or not to do the surgery or wait until afer I deliver. My biggest concern is having an attack at 8 months. What kind of stress does this do to the baby? I get cramps in my abdimon as well, which can not be good at 8 months either. HELP – I just don’t know what to do!
I started having attacks at 23 weeks. I went about 8 weeks having a attack at least once a week, before I found out what it was. I asked my OB about it and he told me “I don’t know what it is so your going to have to deal with it.” He didn’t ask any questions or anything. After being told that the next attack we went to the hospital. That’s when we found out what it was. My other OB told me to see a general surgeon. I did the diet, gave up my chocolate. That helped for about a month. Then I started having attacks again. It got to the point the medicine didn’t help. We bought a recliner for the baby’s room and sitting in it seemed to help the pain it didn’t take it away just made it bearable. I also read that a warm shower helps, let the water run on your back. The end of my pregnancy I was only eating cheerios, and still having attacks. The one OB decided to induce me, only we went to the hospital on our own 4 hours early. The labor went well. I choose to have my gallbladder taken out 4 days after my son was born. The surgeon said that if I didn’t want attacks again when pregnant again to do the surgery.
When having the attacks I wondered what was I thinking… if labor was as bad as this I didn’t want to do it. My sister who had her gallbladder out a year before said this pain is worse. Labor lets up a little between contractions. Plus the epidural was my friend.
I did have a hard time with the fact that I couldn’t hold my baby very well after the surgery for a day or two, because of where the stitches were. And after the surgery I had a hard time still with some foods because my body had to learn how to digest without the gallbladder. That gets better with time.
I was diagnosed with gallstones prior to my pregnancy and was unaware that pregnancy could make them worse!
I’m still in my first trimester and the pain is no worse off them normal but I’m scared to see how intense the pain becomes!
Guess I should have gotten the surgery when I first learned about them!
i am now 21 wks pregnant i found out about the gallstones goin on 2 mnths now, its been hell they have me on a strict diet which is so hard when ur craving so many different things. when i get my attacks they r soooo bad my belly gets bloated my chest feels like i have a bag of cement on it and the back pains are unexplainable, they gave me simithicone xtra strength which does help it takes about 45 mins to kick in, i cant wait to have my sone so i can get my gallbladder removed. i wish the best of luck to all of u..
I just wanted to thank everyone for sharing they’re story. I am about 26 weeks prego and have gallbladder stones so we think! I was terrified that the pain and spasms were going to hurt my baby, but now I know better. A low fat diet and no milk products is a key for me so far. I also eat lots of cucumber without the skin and am going to try the flax seed tea. Your surpose to brew raw flax seed for atleast 10 min and drink the tea when you have an attack and it’s said to ease the pain. I am going to try this aswell as the lemon juice and olive oil that some one posted here! Thanks! I felt like I was going crazy and all alone with these pains, now I know that there are lots of woman that go through this kind of pain. Wow are we ever strong to go through what we go through!
I am 26 weeks pregnant and have been having really severe pain under my right rib. It usually worsens at night for some reason. At first I didn’t think too much of it – I just thought I was overly full or it had something to do with indigestion, since I have always had problems with that. Then I started doing research and found out about the potential gall bladder problems. I have an appointment this week with a specialist, so hopefully they can better diagnose me. Does anybody else experience the pain on the right side under the rib cage? Sometimes I even get a tingly feeling in that area that feels more toward the surface.
WOW! Thanks for sharing your stories everyone. It really puts my mind at ease – I haven’t gotten hardly any feedback from my practitioner. I am 32 years old and about 35 weeks pregnant with my third child. I am guessing the doc wasn’t listening to me when I said I was having severe pain in my upper right abdomen. However, when I started vomiting and getting sick to my stomach and ended up in the hospital, I discovered that it could be a gallbladder issue, mainly because my doc was out of town for the holidays and I was able to see another OB. I am still waiting on my test results to come back so I am keeping my fingers crossed that the pain is just a foot and the nausea is just a virus……
I knew I had gallstones about 2 months after I had my first baby. Anytime I had an attack, I would take it easy with fat intake. But now I’m 12 weeks pregnant with my second baby and the attacks are way more severe. It’s definitely hard to stick to the strict low fat diet, but I hardly have problems if I do. I was told to stay away from red meats especially. Also was told to eat alot of pears and apples with the peels and drink lemon juice. I’m still not sure whether I want to have my gallbladder removed after I have my baby or not, we’ll see….
Well hello. iM 32weeks pregnant and i have been in and out of the hospital these past 7 1/2 months.. The pain is horrible… like many of the girls on here the doctors tell me that they cant do anything till 2 weeks after i have the baby which is still hard because how am i suppost to get better and have a newborn 2 take care of at the same time. one if these doctors prescribed me tylenol #3 w. codeine and when i feel like im going 2 have an attack i pop one in and i feel back 2 normal.. the only thing is that i dont want 2 take 2 much of it because im scared it might harm the baby… so any one here have been prescribed the same pills???
well, surprise surprise, my story is just like the rest of yours! I’m 20 weeks pg. and didn’t know I had gallstones until I passed one the other night (and ended up in the ER because of it)- worst pain of my life, and I’ve done natural childbirth before too! However, I do have a familial history of gallbladder issues…
Anyways, in regards to the prescribed pain meds- I talked to a nurse friend of mine who said sure, pain meds aren’t great during pregnancy, but having the baby experience a long, massive adrenaline surge (from mom being in so much pain) isn’t good either- As long as you’re not struggling with overuse/abuse of the meds themselves (or any other substances, i.e. alcohol, street drugs), having to take one here and there should not be damaging to baby.
Sadly, after reading the posts (and doing research for a couple days) I’m seeing that no one really has a good answer to the whole ‘low fat diet’ issue! I have never had a diet restriction in my LIFE and am not exactly stoked about starting now… so just like everyone else, I’m trying to find ways to cut out fat but still maintain a good calorie load for my developing baby- I’m hoping to talk to a dietician soon…. maybe some of you can do the same! Good luck!
I have 33 weeks pregnant and was recently diagnosed with gallstones. They hurt so incredibly bad. Had to be put on antibiotics while in the hospital overnight. They gave me a strict no fat diet..and I have gestational diabetes..so it is so hard to not eat anything at all that I crave. No sweets no fats.. whatever to make sure that I am healthy for the baby…but it really sucks..
I was diagnosed at 8 weeks pregnant. I am a nurse and I didn’t know what it was either…thought I was having a heart attack! So, now I know I have gallstones (from ultrasound), doctor recomended getting it removed at 20 weeks due to frequent attacks (about 2 per week). I am now 12 weeks and eating a very boring diet of grilled chicken, raw vegetables and pretzels. Not they healthies diet, but I have been pain free since changing my diet (only 2 weeks so far). Doctor friend advised against the surgery when pregnant, had some horror stories, but if it gets bad again, it’s coming out!
I went in for my pre op blood work and found out I was pregnant. The first month or so was horrible. I am now 28 weeks and starting to have more and more flare ups. I have gestational diabetes so I am watching my diet already. I am being induced at 39 weeks lets hope I can endure the pain 11 more weeks
I am 7 weeks pregnant and have been diagnosed with gallstones. I have been having severe symptoms for the last 2 months. I am now on a low fat diet, but I am still in pain if I eat anything with a little fat in it. My ob/gyn and my surgeon agree that surgery in the 2nd trimester is the best option. I am scheduled for surgery in week 15. My sister is a nurse and does not want me to have the surgery because of the risks. The doctors say that I should do the surgery. I am very conflicted. I have been trying to concieve for over 2 1/2 years. I would never want to harm the baby due to the surgery. I am loosing weight from the the strict diet. I still wonder…am I making the right choice?
Hi I’m 21 weeks pregnant and got dianosed with gall stones a months or so before getting pregnant! The surgeon never said don’t get pregnant! I’m in the most horrific pain! In the last 4 months of been the a&e 3 times the doctors I’ve lost count and was actually sent hospital for 3 days! On wednesday night I was in that much pain my husband had to phone for a ambulance because I thought I was dying!! All my doctors keepsaying I can’t have it out until I give birth but I don’t think I can cope for another 19 weeks of this pain!! The funny thing is that I got gall stones while dieting!! I’ve lost over a stone and am still losing but still get the attacks often!!! The doctors have given me the strongest pain killer they can. I just don’t know what to do anymore!!
I can totally relate to everyone here… I had my first “attack” this past Friday and at the time had no clue what the hell was going on.. I had an OB appointment yesterday and a sonogram this morning which diagnosed me with gallstones. Just recently I had gastric sleeve surgery (6 months ago) which helped me lose 80 lbs so this is most likely a huge reason I have gallstones now.. Both my OB and my weight loss surgeon said they can’t do anything or give me any drugs because i am only 11 weeks pregnant… God help me get through these next 8.5 months of pregnancy… I don’t know if I will make it…. ((((((
I am 23 weeks pregnant and was in the er three times in two days at 21 weeks. I had a gallbladder sonogram and was told i have many many gallstones (like over 30). the doctors didnt explain much they just said that I would have to have surgery but cant have it til the baby is born They told me not to eat any fatty greasy or spicey foods and to stay away from milk. Everything has milk or grease or fat so what the hecxk am I supposed to eat!!!! If any of you have a list your doctor gave you let me know i need it!!
Hi everyone, I’m not pregnant but I have had a 3.5cm gallstone for the past 5 or so years. I decided to try dietary control before jumping into surgery. The main food I have identified as the problem for me is egg yolk. Interestingly when I went and lived in China for a year, I found out the common advice for gallstones there (recommended by several docs I met) was “avoid eating eggs, peanuts and internal organs”. The egg thing was further confirmed when I had my food intolerances tested by a doc here in Australia. Interestingly I developed my gallstone after about 8 years as a very healthy-eating vegetarian – however I did eat eggs quite often!
Of course this may not apply to everyone, but now that I have cut eggs out of my diet, I haven’t had pain for several years (previously it was becoming more and more frequent – and worse). I do eat a healthy diet and avoid deep-fried foods etc, but I am not on a no-fat diet. I think it is important to eat as much unprocessed food as possible – for general health as well.
Just thought I would share my story – because I’m so glad I worked out the egg thing before getting surgery.
Good luck to you all – I’m hoping I don’t have any problems when I have children one day!
Well im 14 weeks and i got diagnosed with stones in my gallblader and im in lots of pain and im scared to get surgery i don’t want nuthen bad to happen
I’m 26 yrs. Old in my 9 th week and just found out about my gall bladder. I don’t have support from my husband, and have been n a lot of pain, Im scared to eat, and when I do it hurts so bad it makes me vomit, so Im left awake all night alone and miserable.
I do understand the pain of it all. It’s the worse pain that I’ve ever felt in my life. I’m realizing that milk products brings my gall baldder attacks on, so maybe try to avoid that. The worse thing is, is that everyone thinks it’s just heartburn or acid indigestion. They don’t understand the fire pain in your belly, and the back pain is excrutiating. My doctor thought that I had toxemia or pre-eclampsia because my liver enzymes were so high. All I can say is, when you know something’s wrong, stick to your guns. Good luck ladies, with pain like this, we need it.
Its so sad to hear all your stories. I have had galbladder issues for about a year now. I have managed to keep things under control by starting out with a very low fat diet. Some important things to cut out that may help: EGGS (#1 hurt in women) Onions, Cauliflower, Corn, PORK!!! Cut WAY down on sugar. Cut all fat out of dairy products. I went this way for 5 months and then was able to slowly introduce some things I craved (like 1 cookie). I researched http://www.buzzle.com and found some pretty good info on there. I still think personally getting it out is a good choice, but to manage it for now…there is a way to do it without drugs!
I am 38 weeks pregnant and have had stones my entire pregnancy. It sux bad. But I stopped eating bad and basically stuck to a veggie diet with lots of vitamins. And now I am introducing meats and stuff back in. Its the most paine I have ever been in and I have a son. So I know what child birth feels like and this pains is way worse. I have no support from my husband either. And it sux. But I just ignor him and give him the bird everytime he makes a comment about it. Just hang in there and get it taken out asap!
hi! i am 30 weeks pregnant and was just recently diagnosed with gallstones….i was rushed to the hospital because i was in a tremendous amount of pain and i didnt receive any help or sympathy (as if i was faking it) they didnt even run any tests. i actually returned to the the same hospital about 3 weeks later and was admitted. upon discharge, i was given a prescription for vicodin and was told to begin eating a low fat/ no fat diet. i am not coping well with it. its not that i eat unhealthily, its just that im not used to eating so much plain food, so my appetite is basically gone. i feel nauseous all the time and never have enough energy anymore. the greatest thing is that im not in pain anymore! surgery is pending the birth of my 6th son (7th child) and i agree with some of you ladies when you said the pain was worse than labor pains……im hoping i wont need the surgery after labor but as of right now, my doctor and surgeon seem to feel that it needs to be done. im not sure how this helps you but it is helping me by talking about this. thank you all for your time.
apple cider vinegar is good for gallstones……http://gallbladdersymptomswomen.us/apple-cider-vinegar-for-helping-your-gall-bladder.html
try apple cider vinegar…..it’s good for dissolving gallstones.
Im pregnant and I have gallstones. It is horrible being afraid to eat because ur scared of getting an attack in the middle of the night. Sometimes it hurts even if the food is not fatty. I try drinking lots of water but other than that i dont know how to prevent the pain from coming. If i wasnt pregnant i would just not eat except for breakfast n take any medicaton i could get but i dont wana hurt the baby. Help?
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