Gallstones and Pregnancy

Gallstones is a serious condition that becomes more worse during pregnancy. The body processes slow down during pregnancy and the gallbladder cannot empty out the cholesterol in it. Pregnant women with gallstones experience symptoms such as vomiting, nausea and abdominal pain.


Gallstones are the solid deposits formed in gallbladder. They are the deposits of calcium salts and cholesterol. They develop when you take diet rich in fat and cholesterol. When you take diet that is rich in fat, the gallbladder and liver both secrete bile juice to digest the fats. The gallbladder contracts after enough bile is secreted to digest the fats. After the digestion process stops, the bile that still remains in the gallbladder becomes concentrated with the fat and lead to stones formation.

Pregnancy Increases the Chance of Developing Gallstones

At the time of pregnancy, the body and the digestion processes slow down because of the extra hormones secreted. The gallbladder thus finds difficulty in emptying the contents in it leading to gallstones formation.

Mexican-Americans and Mexicans are more prone to develop gallstones during pregnancy. This study was made by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). The reason behind this is they have a high rate of diabetes and obesity. Even diet is also another factor that develops gallstones. In some cases, gallstones can be serious and lead to complications.

What Happens if Pregnant Women Diagnosed with Gallstones

If pregnant women are diagnosed with gallstones, medical professional gives an advice to go for a low-fat and bland diet. This is to prevent the gallbladder attack as the surgical removal can lead to serious complications during baby delivery. If the pregnant women are in second trimester and they have serial gallbladder attacks, then the doctor would recommend surgery. The surgery to remove gallbladder if it is done earlier or later to this stage can cause miscarriage.

Following healthier lifestyles and eating a low-fat diet can help to relieve from the gallstones. Herbal medicines and acupuncture treatment can be helpful for an affected pregnant women.

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