no gallbladder for next time

Hillary - posted on 05/25/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Does anyone know if I will still get obstetric cholestasis in future pregnancies now that my gallbladder is out. Is there any correlation? I had it in my first pregnancy and then had my gallbladder taken out four weeks post-partum.

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Jaime - posted on 10/26/2013

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It does not help. I had undiagnosed cholestasis at the end of my first pregnancy. I had recurrent gallbladder issues - no stones, just not functioning correctly, and had it removed. Three years down the road I am pregnant with twins and have a horrible case of cholestasis.

Lynn - posted on 10/12/2013

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I had undiagnosed ICP in my first three pregnancies with only hand and foot itching (1989, 1997, 1999) it was not until I was constantly itchy all over with my 4th (2002) that I looked online and printed internet information and told my OB that I wanted to be tested for ICP. There was not much info out 10 years ago, but I did find itchymoms.com and delivered 4 healthy babies (first and last 4 weeks early, the other two full term) Ironically, 2 years ago...my gallbladder flared up and I started itching all over again. I grabbed my 10 yr old lab work and ran to the Drs. Sure enough my BA levels were super high again and eventually they found gallstones which lead to the removal of my gallbladder. The surgeon said that based on the size, some of those gallstones were at least 10 years old. Hmmm, thats when the ICP was really bad. Connecting the dots, maybe.

Lana - posted on 11/05/2012

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It may not help all that much because though your gall bladder is responsible for secreting bile, once you take out the gall bladder your liver takes over to do that instead. Cholestasis is tested based on not only your bile acid levels but also your liver enzyme levels.

Elizabeth - posted on 10/29/2012

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I had oc with my second child. Then my gallbladder out less than a year after he was born. My ob said it probably wouldn't help. I am currently 31 weeks and itching again. It has more to do with the liver than the gallbladder unfortunately.

Kaz - posted on 03/12/2012

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I was diagnosed with cholestasis with my second child, at week 37, and it was very mild. Years later, after hearing that gall bladder problems are very common with pregnancies, I had a flash back to a constant dull ache "under my right ribs" that I believed was my child's foot pressing against something. I had that with both children. I now believe that was my gall bladder aching, and the aching stopped after the baby was delivered. My unscientific guess is that there is a correlation between gall bladder and cholestasis, and that I probably had mild, undiagnosed cholestasis with my first pregnancy as well. So it seems possible that removing the gall bladder would prevent cholestasis.

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