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Has anyone every done this. I was having a few bouts of symptoms that are textbook Gallbladder related. When I mentioned it to the CNM (not my fav in the bunch) a couple of weeks ago she said it's more than likely heartburn. The other night when coping w/ the uti/kidney infection I had a MAJOR attack (after eating a piece of wheat toast w/ butter). My gallbladder is sore and I KNOW that is what it is. I read up on doing a flush whilst pregnant and was curious if anyone has done one or knows of anyone who has done one.<br><br>
I'm going to try drinking unfiltered apple juice day & night for a couple of days and then doing the flush with olive oil and lemon juice <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/grossedout.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="gross">. I'll be speaking with my wise LMW (who helped me w/ the kidney infection) tomorrow and hope she'll be behind me.<br><br>
BTW, I've never experienced anything Gallbladder related before and read pregnancy can aggravate and bring it on <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Anita,<br><br>
Do you live near a herbalist classical homeopath or accupunturist? sounds like either one may be able to help your situation. some times when the body is out of balance for one reason or another it will begin to exhibit symptoms and even though sometimes they may seem totally not related they may be.<br><br>
Are you drinking a pregnancy herbal tea?<br><br><br>
Michele
 

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My sister had major problems with this during her pregnancies. I'll ask her what she says (she's a nurse).
 

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<b>Michelle</b> my LMW has her masters in oriental medicine and there are tons of herbalists in my area (I consider myself a lay herbalist of sorts); I have an appointment with her tomorrow and will ask for recommendations w/ regard to an accupuncturist and/or herbalist though if she doesn't already recommend another regime. I don't like going to just anyone...<br><br>
I am drinking pregnancy herbal tea almost every day if not at least every other day. The blend I put together includes RRL, Nettles, Alfalfa, Red Clover, Spearmint (to taste) & dandelion root. What are your thoughts on this?<br><br><b>Mandi</b>...thank you for inquiring with your sis.
 

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HI Anita,<br><br>
Let us know how it goes.....<br><br>
My prego teas has<br><br>
rasbr lf<br>
lemon balm<br>
strawberry lf<br>
nettle<br>
peppermint<br>
spearmint<br>
oatstraw<br>
alfalfa<br>
squaw vine<br>
stevia<br><br><br>
now if you ask m e what they are all for id have to ask my herbalist or look it up <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Good thing I can trust her because im still learning about herbs. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br>
Now homeopathics that I know more about<br><br>
michele
 

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I ended up with gallbladder problems after having my first child and had to have it removed 5 weeks postpartum. I wish I had known of natural remedies to save me from that mess <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Hi, I am jumping in from june...<br><br>
After my last pregnancy, I have horrible gallbladder problems. It turns out that I have 3 stones hanging out in there. Just a warning -- I tried the "gallbladder flush" with the apple juice, lemon and olive oil...It almost killed me. Literally I actually thought about suicide. Yes, it was that bad. 4 years later I still have my 3 gall stones.<br><br>
I changed my diet, tried herbs, peppermint capsules and ginger helped the most. I would say the most significant change I made was to cut out ALL olive oil out of my diet. I know if you read about olive oil, it says that it is great for gallbladder -- well NOT if you have stones. THe reason being olive oil contracts your gallbladder and if you have any stones they get stuck in the duct when it contracts. That is what causes the severe pain and all the problems.<br><br>
At this point, as long as I dont have any olive oil, I function just fine. If I eat something with it by acident I know within minutes. I get the worst pain ever, cramps, and my whole body purges out of both ends (sorry for TMI). It is horrible and I am down for several DAYS.<br><br>
Anyway, I say your postand thought I would let you know of my experience.<br><br>
Good Luck,<br>
Deb
 

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Deb, Thank you so much. My LMW wife agrees with you. She said there's a possiblity that doing a flush could cause a stone will get stuck in the duct and I might have to go in for surgery. She would rather I wait till after the baby's born, AFTER I have an ultrasound to assess what size the stones might be.<br><br>
In the meantime, I too am adjusting my diet and learning by trial and error what is setting off the attacks.
 

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Jumping over from November...<br><br>
I had horrid "Is this a heart attack?" pains a couple times a week from the stupid glucola test through a few months after birth. A PA said it couldn't be gallbladder, so we went through all these other options (hernia in the diaphragm - only time and delivery would fix, heartburn, maybe it really is gallbladder...).<br><br>
When I was talking to my cousin about 3 months pp, she said it sounded exactly like the gallbladder problems she had before having hers removed. When we got back home, I went to my doctor, she had an u/s done, and my gallbladder looked like a bag of marbles. I had it removed a couple weeks later.<br><br>
1) I'm glad it wasn't really discovered during pregnancy... I was able to have laparoscopic surgery after birth - during pregnancy (if I would have consented... with the pain I was in I might have) it would have been full surgery - days in the hospital recovery.<br><br>
2) I wish I would have looked into other options besides surgery. One of the rare-but-possible side effects of the surgery is diarhea (sp?) - and I had it *daily* from a couple days after the surgery until I got pregnant at 12 months pp. I'm interested in if it will return after this birth.<br><br>
3) While life it SOOOOO much better (even with bathroom problems) after the surgery, I still have foods that trigger the same pain to a lesser degree... broccoli that isn't cooked to mush, potato skin, tofu. I haven't had as much of a problem with fats (butter, pb, cream sauces used to trigger things big time!)<br><br>
I've heard that the gallbladder flushes can be like a 4-5 day long attack with no break. I surely wouldn't attempt it while pregnant or breastfeeding. But chiropractic care, accupuncture, herbalists would be something to check into. I also wonder if u/s could be used to break up the stones like they can for kidney stones... but I don't know about that.<br><br>
I wish you all the best. I know just how painful it is. My surgeon suspects that it started when I (stupidly) did a VERY low carb diet for about 2 years, then pregnancy just added to the problems. If you can find the foods you can eat without triggering an attack and stick to eating very small meals much more often, you should be okay for the rest of the pregnancy. I will say, after dealing with those for 13 weeks or so, natural childbirth was a piece of cake!!!
 
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