Cholecystitis might be a funny-looking word, but the complications it carries are no laughing matter. To make matters worse, cholecystitis can strike even when you’re pregnant. Yes, that’s right – an illness with such an unpronounceable name is one that expecting mothers should really stay on top of. In this article (we know we said not to use this phrase but let’s pretend we didn’t), we will outline how cholecystitis manifests during pregnancy and most importantly what can be done about it.
What is Cholecystitis?
For those who aren’t fluent in medicine-speak, cholecystitis refers to inflammation of the gallbladder – the small organ located under your liver. The inflammation is caused by either gallstones or infection-related buildup of bile within the organ itself.
The tricky part about cholecystitis is that its symptoms mimic many other health issues such as indigestion and heartburn which goes on to reliving women their cravings for buffets (I know! How dare they?!).
Symptoms During Pregnancy
So how does one know if they have developed cholecystitis during pregnancy? Well listen-up folks because here are some tell-tale signs:
- Severe abdominal pain located at upper right side
- Nausea (Not like morning sickness kind thank heavens!)
- Vomiting (Yes please avoid adding insult to injury)
- Fever (out out fever)
If any inexperienced doctor’s ever diagnoses you with a food-cramming-problem at Buffet City then maybe seek for another expert opinion!
It’s important to note that these symptoms could easily be confused with symptoms from other diseases so getting a proper diagnosis from your physician will always payoff more times than none (believe us!)
As per the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, pregnant women are at increased risk of cholecystitis in their third trimester as well as during the postpartum period. At this point expectant mothers have a higher concentration of cholesterol (sorry health fanatics) which can result in an over worked gallbladder thereby increasing our chances for blocked ducts or inflammation.
And just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse! Women who gained excessive weight (more than 20 pounds) were observed to have twice the risk compared to those whose weight gain had been within normal range (Hope that doesn’t give them the permission to shame preggos’ now).
If you do become diagnosed with this pesky little bugger then there is hope. Doctors may advise after careful consultation on surgical crossfire strategy: cholecystectomy versus conservative management for acute calculous cholecystitis complicating pregnancy including maternal morbidity rates , neonatal outcomes etc It will all boil down on your condition severity and potential risks involved (You caught us we don’t know what “neonatol” means either).
In other situations, antibiotics or Antifungal medication might be prescribed albeit during medication they should always monitor fetal development.
Apart from treatment one can cope by following these much-needed tip, tricks and lifestyle changes
- Eating small meals instead of three large ones
- Limiting consumption out of high-fat dishes
- Trying not consuming fat-heavy foods altogether.
- Including probiotics like Kefer into their diet.
- Monitoring Weight-gain – this one was most shocking right?
Bear-in-mind though that only serious cases need meticulous care . Feel free therefore trust your gut – pun intended- if something feels off go forth get yourself checked-up!
Like everyone says “Prevention is better than cure” – wishing every science person out there could skip the prevention protocol and just heal everyone. Anyways, things that might prevent cholecystitis can be;
- Going for short walks or gentle exercise to stimulate blood-flow
- Monitoring Weight-gain – So Go ahead eat a carrot more than an Oreo! (at least you’ll have bright skin)
- Avoiding high-fat meals and processed foods altogether
But fundamentally good health habits such as; exercising regularly, staying hydrated, eating healthy meals with richly micronutrientsare crucial in maintaining your gall bladder function.
Despite carrying an obscure name , Cholecystitis can pose some real problems during pregnancy. The risk of gallbladder related issues escalate especially nearing delivery therefore timely diagnosis is important . If diagnosed with Cholecystitis do not lose hope as there are several treatment options available.
Always consult your physician if anything seems concerning.
And finally (drum-roll please) here’s to hoping that upon reading this article we at the very least gave y’all something else to be “punny’ about (Thank you).
Hey there, I’m Dane Raynor, and I’m all about sharing fascinating knowledge, news, and hot topics. I’m passionate about learning and have a knack for simplifying complex ideas. Let’s explore together!
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