any one had gall stones?

Meghan - posted on 06/25/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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hi there, i have gall stones and just woundering who out there has had them in pregnancy? im hoping to get mine removed in the next 3 months.

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Luckily, I didn't seem to have any issues with my gall bladder while I was pregnant with either of my children (I have a 2.5 year old and a 9.5 month old). That being said, I no longer have my gall bladder. I had my gall bladder removed on February 28th of this year and even though I no longer have attacks; thank God, I still have issues with my digestion... which is NOT always common.

The abridged version of what I went through is this...

Around the 26th of February, I started having pains in and around my stomach. Granted, my Husband was deployed as we are Navy and I had been starving myself to lose the baby weight. I was losing anywhere from 21-27 pounds a month for 5 months. I lost over 100 pounds and was very proud of myself. Gym everyday with a Trainer for 2-3 hours 5-6 days a week. I ate nothing. NOTHING. Literally, nothing. I drank lots of water, sometimes I would drink a chocolate Slim Fast and others, a grape AMP energy drink. I took laxatives and diet pills. THIS WAS NOT HEALTHY AND I KNOW THAT, GOD DO I KNOW THAT. But I wanted it THAT bad and there was no one here to keep me from doing it, so I did.

I had no idea that your gall bladder could crap out from being full of fat composites that were backed up from losing massive amounts of weight so quick, and having so many stored in there as your body does not always discard them as fast you'd think. I had over 200 stones, according to my Surgeon. I remember seeing it in a tube after my Surgery had been completed. The 27th was the day that I was taken to the hospital via Ambulance because I had let things go too far. I had an attack that lasted over 11.5 hours. Thank God, I finally decided to go to the Hospital as I thought I was having a heart attack, that I was dying and I was never going to see my children again.

I was scared.

My Husband flew home early from his Deployment to take care of myself and the babies. I now cannot eat too greasy of foods because my body rejects them. I overproduce bile. It's not a happy life... but neither is the excruciating pain of having a gall bladder attack.

Sometimes diet can keep your gall bladder in check and some say that lemon juice, grapefruit juice and other high acid content beverages help the breakdown of gall stones. It was too late for me, but perhaps you can look that up and try it. I think you're suppose to wake up and drink it, then before your meals and drink it again before bed.

Do what you think is best for you and good luck. I hope you start feeling better. :)

Nicole - posted on 06/26/2009

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Hi I had gallstones after my first child. They were really painful, I thought I was having a heart attack or something. After spending 3 days in the hospital they finally figured out what it was and I had the option of having surgery right away or going home and seeing what happens. Well I was really scared of having surgery so I decided to go home. Everything I ate made the attacks start and I was so unhappy so I went and booked surgery. I had my gallbladder removed and wasnt long recovering but the first few days were hard. It was worth it in the end to get it taken out because I could never eat things I normally ate and it wasnt easy trying to take care of a newborn Good Luck!

Amanda - posted on 06/26/2009

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i had spells while i was pregnant with my twins that they misdiagnosed as muscle spasms in my chest. my boys were born in april of 07 and in october of the same year i got so sick one day i went to the er. they said i had so many gall stones in me that one had worked its way up and they had to go down my throat and get it out. the first thing the doctor asked was had i had a child recently. they say there is some connection between the two. good luck, i have never felt so much relief as when i got that thing out.

Meghan - posted on 06/26/2009

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i wish i had private medical insurance, but going public. i just kept going back and complaind to my g.p and got myself on the high priority list, then saw the surgeon, and to speed it up further i drove from christchurch to ashburton for a 15 min consult with the anethnetist. so now waiting for surgery date, the pain is excrutating. good luck to you as well.

Teresa - posted on 06/26/2009

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Hey, I live in New Zealand too!! The doctor has referred me too a surgeon so hopefully ill be getting my gall baldder removed soon. Cant take much more of the attacks. Hope all is well

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last year i had my gall bladder removed. i had over 100 stones and was dealing with attacks for the past 10yrs but was never diagnosed properly. Dr. Santos at OLOL hospital in NJ is a saint there is no one better.

Melissa - posted on 06/25/2009

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I found out that I had gall stones when I was four months along with my third pregnancy. We were going to try and wait until after I had my baby, but when I was six months along I had gall stones in the common bile duct and it was causing problems with my kidney and liver function. I had also lost about 30 pounds from what I was at the start of my pregnancy. So they removed my gall bladder laparoscopically and then two days later did an ERCP to remove the stones from the common bile duct. Recovery was pretty easy. My Dr. had me take a few weeks off just to be careful. I would definitely get it taken care of before getting pregnant. It's not fun to deal with while pregnant.

Nicole - posted on 06/25/2009

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Quoting Kate:

Worst pain I have ever experienced in my life. It was worse than child birth (and I had a natural labor). The procedure was pretty easy for me, it was the recovery that was hard. Not only did it hurt like hell, but because of the pain meds I was on I had to pump and dump. I was also on heavy duty antibiotics but I have a compromised immune system and they had found an infected stone in my bile duct. When you have your gall bladder removed they will tell you that you don't have to change your diet and THEY ARE LYING. If you eat too much fatty or greasy foods it WILL give you diarrhea and all sorts of painful cramps. You will also be pooping a lot more. Personally, I can no longer enjoy a good bowl of oatmeal unless I want to be on the can the rest of the day. Probably a little too much info for ya, but it helps to know what's going to happen, right? Good luck and I hope all goes well for you! If you have any more questions let me know. :)


I totally agree with you on this one. definately worst pain ever!!! I was diagnosed when bub was 3 mos old cuz it just took that long for me to personally believe I had a chronic problem (i thought it was the size of my chest givin me problems...yeah i know :-S lol) anyway...i went to the doc and had an apptmt a month later but had to go in for emergency gallbladder removal that same day because i had an attack after leaving the doc's and it lastet untill they took it out...thank goodness for morphine man!!!! I got them (or so i was told) cuz I lost the baby weight waaayy too fast (35lbs in 3mos) and I had to have it removed IF i wanted more kids my doc said. and it's true about the diet thing as well....be carefull what u eat after otherwise IT WILL go right thru lol. anyway I'm very happy now. I don't eat near as much, lost another 10lbs and live without pain :-) good luck!!!!

Meghan - posted on 06/25/2009

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thank you everyone, im not pregnant, but would like to be, but will hold off untill surgery now, as its sounds even worse being pregnant with it.

Kate CP - posted on 06/25/2009

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Worst pain I have ever experienced in my life. It was worse than child birth (and I had a natural labor). The procedure was pretty easy for me, it was the recovery that was hard. Not only did it hurt like hell, but because of the pain meds I was on I had to pump and dump. I was also on heavy duty antibiotics but I have a compromised immune system and they had found an infected stone in my bile duct. When you have your gall bladder removed they will tell you that you don't have to change your diet and THEY ARE LYING. If you eat too much fatty or greasy foods it WILL give you diarrhea and all sorts of painful cramps. You will also be pooping a lot more. Personally, I can no longer enjoy a good bowl of oatmeal unless I want to be on the can the rest of the day. Probably a little too much info for ya, but it helps to know what's going to happen, right? Good luck and I hope all goes well for you! If you have any more questions let me know. :)

Lindsey - posted on 06/25/2009

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hi, I got gallstones in my last pregnancy but wasn,t diagnosed until baby was 6 weeks old. They can be absolute agony!!! Low fat diet is the only thing that will keep the attacks under control until you can have your surgery, I had mine out in november and other than a week of post surgery pain I havnt had any probs. Hope you get your op soon!!!

Teresa - posted on 06/25/2009

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Hi there, I have just found out I have gall stones and I believe they developed in my last trimester as that was when i started getting the attacks. My baby is now 2 1/2 months and Im seeing the doctor today to see what will happen....Hopefully ill get them removed, I cant cope with the attacks and because im usually home alone with bubs when they generally happen it would benefit bubs safety if i had it removed. hope all is well. good luck for your removal :)

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