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Gallstones..
Has anyone else experience them during their pregnancy? I'm 37 weeks today and suffer from attacks quite often. It's miserable and I feel like there is no way to ease the pain. Sometimes it's hard to even tell if I'm having contractions through the pain.
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Yes I've had them since week 16 and I'm now 38+6. I was supposed to have my gallbladder removed ASAP, but I opted out of surgery because it can put you into labor. You have to eat very small meals, make sure you eat AND drink slowly and avoid fats at all costs! The attacks happen when your gallbladder contracts so the slower you eat and drink the less it contracts therefore lessening the chance of an attack. Fats are the main cause of gallbladder issues and are in nearly everything! I haven't had any fats since 29weeks when I found out what the cause of my pain was! It's extremely difficult, but definitely possible to manage the attacks with your diet. I still experience nausea and occasional pain, but no attacks since my hospital stay nearly 10weeks ago and I used to have 2-3 big attacks a week. I am due next Thursday and my gallbladder comes out on january 4th!
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You can eat boiled chicken, Apple sauce, tax-free pretzels, fat-free soup (or soup that contains about 1g of fat if necessary), yogurt and fat-free fig newtons. If you're a cheese lover they actually have fat-free shredded mozzarella and cheddar made by Kraft. Bananas are very low in fat and can help with nausea since they contain a good amount of vitamin b6. Those are the foods I've been able to tolerate the best.
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That was supposed to say fat-free pretzels lol
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Thanks for the reply! I haven't talked to my doctor about getting mine removed yet, but I'm due to have my son any day now. I'm miserable because even when I'm being very particular of the food I eat, I still seem to get attacks. I just had the worst attack I've ever had this morning where I actually had to take medicine for it. I'm also suffering from bronchitis at the moment, so my body is just not happy. Will most doctors schedule to remove it, or are they more willing to suggest other things to prevent the attacks from happening? Because I am all for getting this thing out of my body.
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Sorry I took so long to respond, I had mine removed Monday and am recovering well. Gallstones don't go away, unlike kidney stones. If you catch it early enough they may try to disolve the stones. It sounds like yours is about where mine was though and the only option is a cholesysectomy. I had mine done laparoscopicly and highly recommend you getting it done! You will need a lot of help with the baby while you are recovering though. You can't lift anything over 10lbs (or the weight of your baby) for 3weeks qnd for the first couple of days you will need help with most activities
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