Has anyone else had a Kidney Stent placed during their pregnancy? If so did it affect your labor?

Jennifer - posted on 01/09/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )

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I am 34 1/2 weeks pregnant. Earlier this week i had issues with acute kideny stone attacks. BAD Ones. I ended up having to have a stent placed in my left ureter. it will stay in till the baby is born then they will try to handle the stones. i am in alot of discomfort and pain from the procedure, and consequently i have also started having contractions and lost a bit of my muscus plug. SO i am pretty sure little one is coming much sooner than her due date. My fear is that having the residual pain from the procdure and the stent itself causing more pain during labor. has anyone else gone through this?

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Jennifer - posted on 01/09/2010

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Patty, how did they remove it surgically? they told me they would probably laser mine. i just want them out. i have some on both sides, but the left was the side that had severe blockage. and i still have the flank pain too, just no where near as excruciating as it was. the procedure itself has caused alot of pain issues though. im worried that the stent itself will cause pain issues during labor :/

Alison - posted on 09/14/2012

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Stents are not comfortable. They are soft and pliable with a curly Q on each end to keep them in place. Those curly tails can aggravate the blaader or kidney and cause muscle spasm type or cramping type pain. However, the are the lesser of two evils, since you don't want to loose a kidney due to obstruction. Many kidney stones consist of a calcium make up, unfortunately, prenatal vitamins and dairy products during pregnancy are often the culprits. Other times it's the growing baby & uterus pushing on other body parts. Either way, it sucks but a stent is a small tough irritating price to pay for a healthy mother & child. Good news is once the stent is removed you should go back to normal. You may have to have the stent left in during kidney stone treatment, but it is removed once things are resolved. I wish you the best of luck, sometimes the symptoms settle down a bit as your body gets more accustomed to the stent.

Tiffany - posted on 02/21/2012

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I am so truly sorry for the pain you are feeling. During my first pregnancy I had to have 3 stents placed in my right kidney. The pain is almost too much to handle. I am now having a daughter and just recently had to have a stent placed in my left kidney. I make up to 50 stones or more at a time so this was the only option. Since I have already been through this once I can tell you everything will be so much easier on you once you have your little one. The pain from the contractions will not add to your pain they mostly mask the stent pain. You are going through the worst two kinds of pain in the world, labor and kidney stones. When you get through this you will be able to handle anything! I hope all goes well with your new little one. Congratulations and God bless :) You are gonna do great!

Michelle - posted on 01/07/2012

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I am five months pregnant and have ureter stent in from kidney to bladder for kidneys stones.I am a stone former for twenty years its my third sent third pregnancy,it does not get easier I'm at hospital almost every four days just to help pain,I want sent out but to keep baby safe from premature labor I have to keep a stent for whole pregnancy,it is pain full and scary I don't wish this on anyone those with simaler situation you are not alone there's not much that helps this out but knowing there is someone who understand our suffering distracts for a lil while.. at least for me its some help thank you for listening.......

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Tiffany - posted on 09/15/2012

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I am 5 and a half weeks pregnant and just had a stent placed in my right kidney for stones last week, I have been in the hospital in and out for the last 3 weeks with severe pain and trying to pass stones, I had no idea I was pregnant until they did bloodwork at the hospital. This really scared me going through surgery and having to take pain Meds while being so early in my pregnancy, I'm supposed to have it taken out next week and I'm praying nothing like this happens for the rest of my pregnancy, it makes me feel better to know that I am not alone in this, I didn't realize there were so many pregnant women with this problem. Has anyone else has this happen this early in their pregnancy??

Brooke - posted on 09/11/2012

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I had the exact same thing happen to me, I woke up with right flank pain and kept having to go to the bathroom to pee but nothing really would come out. I literally didn't sleep all night because of the pain, but kept trying to hold off going to the ER, finally around 6am I went to the ER and the on call nurses were telling me it was probably a UTI...YEAH RIGHT, even though I'd never had a UTI I knew it was something more. I had to sit there and wait for a really long time before a doctor would even see me or give me an ultrasound in my abdomen and no type of pain medication would even TOUCH the pain. I think about 4pm I finally went into the OR to get the stent put in after getting a spinal. I was 6 months pregnant and had to have the right urerteral stent in for the entire duration of my pregnancy and because I had to have a C-section I ended up having the stent in another 2 weeks after birth. After the baby was out the pain was a lot better, and I mean A LOT, but it still hurt. The EXCRUTIATING pain I had from the stent was unbearable, I couldn't go to work for the entire three months prior to birth because I literally couldn't walk from my car to the train station without crying in pain. I bled every day, I was in pain every minute, and it was the worst. After I had Adriana, I vowed to never get pregnant again so that this would never happen again...But here I am now 7 weeks pregnant and scared to death that this is going to happen once again. Has anyone on here had a stent with one pregnancy but not for another? I didn't have any stones or anything like that. Just the pressure on my ureter I guess was the issue....

Jennifer - posted on 03/14/2012

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i am going to be honest because

i know this pain and i couldnt have mine taken out during the pregnancy. I was on pain meds the whole last month of my pregnancy. i was couch ridden, not by command but because i literally could not move with baby presing on the stents. i had one in both sides, but my right side without the stent would have completely been obstructed and my kidney would have failed. i had to wait till after the birth to do the lithrotripsies. i had to have TWO. it affected my labor in the fact that i thought i was in labor about 150 times before i was because of cramping caused by the stents. contractions would ensue sometimes up to 2 min apart with no dialation. she wound up being breech and i had a c section. so i had to wait two weeks past that top have the treament. all in all it made the last month of pregnancy unbearable. she was to be a natural birth and i ended up with an epidural because i couldnt walk, let alone push a baby out with those things in my ureters!

Tasha - posted on 03/13/2012

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I am 28 weeks and just had a stent put in. I had terrible right side pain and was taken to the ER. They did an ultrasound and could not conclusively tell me whether there was a stone or not. They put me on pain meds and before I could really know what was really wrong with me I was in surgery and had the stent put in. I called my midwife and she had me do a natural cleanse and tons of water helped for a few days. About a week later as I finally returning to work I had blood and clots in my urine. I am also starting to have pain on my side and the urge to pee is terrible. It is holding be back from life completely. I can't even decorate the baby's room. I just had another ultrasound and they see nothing in my kidney and that it looks good, any pain I have now is the stent. They told me that if I have it removed and the pain returns, there is nothing they can do, they would have to put a line directly in my kidney and have a bag hang out. I am very confused on what step to make, I really don't want to leave the stent in if I don't need it however, I am risking being back in the er with a bag hanging out of me. I have 2 1/2 more months to go and I have read tons of stories about pain after the stent is removed and also the stent causing birth the need to be induced. This is our first child and I am very worried. Anyone been through anything like this? Was your stent removed and and good news stories about this situation??

Amanda - posted on 02/04/2012

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Jennifer - I am 29 weeks pregnant and i just had to get a stent put in as well. I'm only on day two of the stent and it is so miserable! I'm praying that it gets better! Question...did you have the feeling that you constantly had to go to the bathroom? It is 10 times worse than just normal pregnancy urgency. I want to do what's best for the baby and myself, but 10 weeks seems really far away to deal with this pain. Has your stent pain gotten better?

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I am currently 31 weeks pregnant. 3 weeks ago I started having extreme kidney pain. I went to the emergency room where they transferred me to a larger hospital to have a stent placed because my right kidney was completely blocked off. When I got there, they realized I had become septic and attempted to remove fluid from my kidney. That involved sticking a needle in my kidney 7 times while laying flat on my stomach. They were afraid to put me to sleep since my fever of 103.4. Well they couldn't get the fluid off of my kidney and my kidneys and lungs began to fail. They then put me to sleep and I had the stent placed. I was in the ICU for a week on a ventilator. My baby miraculously did better than I did the entire time. I honestly feel your pain, Jennifer, and I am scared to death to get this stent replaced next month.

Shawna - posted on 02/11/2010

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I got my stents put in both my kidneys at 34w1d. They did an ultrasound and noticed that both my kidneys were totally blocked off and were not functioning. And I was always in pain. The doctor said it was from my uterus was blocking them. I had a few problems since then like blood in urine and some discomfort in the nether regions. A lot of cramping. I am currently 36w3d and he is going to induce me at 38 weeks if I don't go naturally earlier. He plans on pulling the stents out after I give birth. I hope this helps!

Jennifer - posted on 01/09/2010

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michelle...yes i have had stones for awhile, even had minor flares, but NOTHING like this. i hope you make it the rest of your pregnancy without an acute attack. i would not wish it on anyone.

Michelle - posted on 01/09/2010

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I'm only 24 weeks and I had an appointment with my doctor and he told me that he doesn't want to do anything yet because my pain is not constant. He did tell me what the possibilties are and the options if I decide or its necessary. Although he has now started to monitor me even closer then he had already been, calling me weekly and my appointments are every 3 weeks and he told me to call him if anything changes as well.

Patty - posted on 01/09/2010

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I had many issues with kidney stones for all three pregnancys and had a stent placed for my 3rd one. It did not relieve the pain so I had the stone removed surgicaly at 34 weeks. The rest of my pregnancy was fine. My daughter is 7 now with no problems.

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