Mothering Forum banner

1 - 4 of 4 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
815 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Hi all,<br>
My friend just e-mailed me with some questions about gall bladder attacks during pregnancy. She is due in August 2004. She is having extremely painful gall bladder attacks. She can barely stand it. Poor thing!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying"><br><br>
She knows that limiting fat intake can help...... but does anyone know anything else? Maybe there is a pregnancy-safe herb? Or some tea? Or something? I really want to be able to recommend something that may help her.<br><br>
Her doctor has even mentioned that they may need to take it out, while she is still pregnant. Understandably, she is not excited about that prospect.<br><br>
Any suggestions?<br><br>
Thanks.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,064 Posts
well. two things<br>
i just had my gallbladder out thursday - yay i can eat again <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">. But i'm 10months postpartum. My sister had gallbladder attacks during her pregnancy, very painful but was able to avoid surgery .<br><br>
peppermint tea is a life saver. seriously.<br><br>
the biggest thing with the gallbladder is being unable to process fat. If she wants to avoid attacks she needs to cut all fat out of her diet. I lived the past three months completely fat free, dairy free. No fried foods - again, fat is a huge trigger. Caffeine can be a huge trigger (coffee, chocolates etc).<br>
No red meat.<br><br>
toward the end of my attacks i was seriously living on baked potato with no peel, white rice, pastas and white/french/sourdough breads cuz thats how bad it got. I lost 15lbs and was sick as a dog. Now i have no gallbladder the past four days and even with the incisions and recovery pain i'm the happiest person on the planet. lol. i'm totally serious.<br><br>
ok. just to recap. She should drink peppermint tea.<br>
No red meat. Stick to white meat chicken, turkey and fish/seafood (ground turkey is ok but really drain the grease and pat dry all meat with paper towel to get oils out)<br>
No oil. no grease. No fried foods.<br>
No fat. No dairy.<br>
No caffiene.<br><br>
watch raw vegetables. I couldn't eat them. most of the women i talked to coudln't either. I cut fruit and vegetables completely out of my diet except for : yams, cooked carrots, mango and papaya (which are actually good digestive enzymes). Pineapple was also a good one for me. fresh is better then canned, but canned worked ok too.<br><br>
It sounds tough but this is the kinds of things i was able to eat before it got so bad i opted for the surgery.<br>
breakfast - those fake eggs. (nobreakers or eggbeaters), soy bacon, english muffins with smart margarine (a tiny bit), marmalade jam (any jam without seeds shoudl be ok)<br>
bagels, potato rolls, french bread<br><br>
snacks: pretzels, rice cakes, bread and jam, tofutti ice cream on rare occasion, sherbert (its fat free). dried mango slices, dried papaya slices, pineapple chunks<br><br>
lunch - white bread and turkey, tuna with vinegrette instead of mayo. fat free tortillas with soy cheese, rice, bits of chicken. pasta with a bit of butter or marinara if she can tolerate it. Homemade chicken noodle soup.<br><br>
dinner was always white rice or baked potato or pasta and a bit of fish or white meat chicken. for veggies i'd do yams, cooked carrots or nothing.<br><br>
angel food cake is fat free. If you add crushed pineapple to the mix you get a nice dessert if she has a sweet tooth. I also found a great brownie recipe on the ibs boards thats completely fat and egg free that never made me sick for my sweet tooth.<br><br>
if she can get thru the pregnancy this way, she may be like my sis and have the gallbladder go back to normal functioning after teh baby comes. If worse comes to worse she can have the surgery after baby is born at least.<br><br>
i have an absolute ton of info on gallstones and gallbladder attacks = feel free to pm me. I'm on day four and tho i'm walking slowly, not picking up anything (including my son) and laying down alot ... i feel wonderful. I can eat again without getting sick and its amazing. I actually had my first salad last night in over 6 months .<br><br>
ok. rambling. anyway... peppermint tea and white rice with salt if she's feeling very ill and needs some immediate relief. HOpe some of this will help
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,669 Posts
I agree with everything Colorful Mama said. Your diet becomes so limited. In the end of my gallbaldder issues I slept with Mylanta by my bed. I sat up and drank it when I felt an attack coming on - it is safe to use during pregnancy. I also slept on 4 pillows to keep my head higher than my body and took 1 zantac a day to reduce acid. Acid in my system made my attacks so much worse. I felt like I would die during some of them.<br><br>
You might suggest to your friend that she have an ultrasound to see if they can see gallstones inside the gallbladder. There are different things she can do to break up the stones if that is the issue.<br><br>
I lived with my bad gallbladder for a over a year (through pregnancy and until ds was 9 months old). I desperately did not want it removed but had no choice in the end (emergency surgery because it got infected). Now I have daily reminders that I have no gallbladder (daily diarrhea and a no fat diet). Daily diarrhea is something your friend should expeted for a while after surgery and for some people like me it lasts a lifetime (aren't I lucky?).<br><br>
I'll be praying for your friend. I know how painful those attacks can be!<br><br>
Susan
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
815 Posts
Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Thank you so much, Barb and Susan!!<br>
Barb - your discription and diet ideas are fantastic.<br>
I e-mailed my friend your posts. I haven't heard back from her yet, but I'm sure the information you provided will be extremely helpful.<br><br>
I knew someone here would be able to help her!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 
1 - 4 of 4 Posts
Top