May 23, 2012
For pregnant women because of the extra estrogen there is a higher chance for them to develop gallstones, however with care you can easily avoid this.
Pregnant women are at a high risk of developing problems pertaining to the gallbladder the possible of reason of which is known to be the increased level of hormones during pregnancy that may interfere with the function of gallbladder. According to the University of Maryland Medical Centre, pregnancy increases a woman’s risk for developing small deposits that form inside of the gallbladder system otherwise known as gallstones. The gallbladder symptoms may decrease once the baby has been delivered, though if complications from the gallbladder disease or gallstones worsen, the pregnant woman may have to undergo surgery.
A pregnant woman suffering from gallbladder problems is likely to experience digestive upset. She may feel as if she is full after eating, thereby experiencing increased flatulence as well as belching. Feeling of nausea or the urge to vomit after eating may be experienced. Some women may also experience sudden diarrhoea. Pregnant women may also suffer from heartburn and therefore, have a difficult time trying to distinguish between symptoms related to gallbladder and indigestion. It is important for a pregnant woman to keep a track of the symptoms as they happen throughout the day as this will help the woman as well as her physician to determine whether the symptoms are related to the gallbladder.
Gallstones that move through an inflamed or infected gallbladder or the gallbladder system may cause pain the right abdomen. Pain may be experienced as a nagging sensation that can range from sharp to dull. The pain may be experienced soon after the pregnant woman eats, especially when fatty foods were a part of the food. Some women experience pain at night more than during the day. Pain may also be experienced in the upper back between the shoulder blades or around the right shoulder. Usually, the pain starts suddenly, grows up to certain intensity and subsides.
According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, gallbladder problems can lead to serious complications such as gallbladder rupture or infection. Pregnant women, who experience abdominal pain that lasts longer than five hours, must ensure that they seek the help of a health care provider before the pain increases and advances to the next level.
Additional warning signs include fever, chills, yellowing of skin and a rapid heartbeat. Any symptom or combination of symptoms can tag along with complications of the gallbladder.
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