Slow digestion in pregnancy increases your risk of gallstones.
My symptoms started while I was in the hospital after having my first. 14months later the stomach pains were getting worse so I finally told my dr about them. Instead of being caused by food, food made mine go away. The dr figured it was an ulcer. I had a barium swallow(so much fun,
: ) and it did not show an ulcer. This confused 2 dr's and myself who were all convinced it was an ulcer due to pain it was and what made it go away. They set up an ultrasound to rule out gallstones, which they figured would be negative. I had a bunch of rice sized stones. Because it wasn't really bothersome I waited 4months before deciding to see a surgeon. What made me go was I was sick of the gross tastes in my mouth and constant burping. By the time I saw the surgeon I was 14wks pg. I had 2 mc's between this pg and the first when it started. The surgeon prescribed me Zantac 300, it was my lifesaver. 2months later I had my first real gallstone attack. I sat on a stool in my kitchen rocking back and forth breathing out as much as I could without breathing in. It lasted 10-15min. I was so unbelievably hot when I had that, then instantly freezing cold when it was over. It did not click that it was a gallstone attack until 2weeks later when I had another one after eating taco's. I told my dr about it then and he said they'd keep an eye on the number of them I had. 2wks later I had one and ended up in ER. Crackers set that one off. I was 27wks pg. If I had another one that bad they were going to do surgery while I was pregnant. I had a bunch of smaller ones and could usually keep them under control and not alot of throwing up/pain if I took my Zantac asap. My next really bad one was 1 week postpartum. I had surgery 3months later. We started ttc as soon as the surgery was over(got pg 2wks later). I was not going through another pregnancy with my gallbladder.
For me I could have never lived through a flush, the attacks were so horrible. When I had the last bad one, thank god my mom was here because I couldn't take care of my newborn, 1 year old and 3 year old. The week before the surgery the attacks were happening every day. It was a stressful week because the nurses at the hosptial went on strike. They cancelled my surgery once, but the next day called back and said it was back on because the nurses had reached a deal. I was prepared to go down and rip into the nurses over it.