Surgery and Pregnancy

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
24457 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’m so sorry you are going through this.  Please don’t feel like a horrible person.  If you can’t eat anything without being sick, there is no way that you would be able to nourish a growing fetus.  Just do whatever the doctor says so that you can get better.  You will be in my thoughts.

Post # 3
181 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

That sounds so stressful!  I have no real advice as I have never been pregnant or had my gall bladder removed, but I’m sure the doctors will offer you the best plan of action they can.  You are absolutely not a horrible person if you go through with the surgery!  Many women have had to have surgery while pregnant.  You must take care of yourself, and it would not be healthy for either you or your baby if you cannot eat and are constantly in pain and stressed.  Sending good thoughts your way!

Post # 4
2813 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m so sorry this is happening to you. Please know that you’re not a bad person or bad mama – if anything, having surgery would make you a great mama, because your health is really important for the baby’s health. I’m not a doctor, but being depressed, miserable and in pain would be worse for your baby than the risks of surgery, I think. 

Post # 6
2696 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

You are not a bad person! This actually isn’t *that* uncommon for pregnant women. I’ve known of a couple online who have had to have their gallbladder removed during pregnancy.

In my first pregnancy, my uterus caused my ureter to be blocked, and caused my kidney to be unable to drain. I had surgeries to place stents in my bladder 2 times while pregnant and once right after birth. It was terrifying. I felt awful for exposing my unborn to anesthetic, pain medication and stress.

In the end, the stress did cause my daughter to be IUGR, but she was otherwise healthy and made up for it after birth!

You need to look after yourself. If the gallbladder needs to come out, then that is what is best for you and baby!

Post # 8
2696 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Bazinga:  It’s scary no matter what. I was also in a lot of pain..and I kept trying to convince myself that I could deal with it…until my doctor told me I could permanently damage my kidney.

And honestly, the stress on your body from the pain you are in, is likely worse for the baby than surgery. I didn’t think stress could have such a dramatic effect, but seeing my baby stop growing at the end of pregnancy because of the stress I was under, woke me up to how serious it can be.

Everything will be ok! *hugs* I hope you feel better soon!

Post # 9
9019 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Bazinga:  HUGS!!  Sending thoughts and prayers.  I’m so very sorry you’re suffering like this.  I think you should have the surgery, nobody can live with pain like that.  I hope and pray your baby will be ok; I’m sure they’ll do everything possible to protect him/her.

Post # 11
7281 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

I know someone who had multiple CT scans and brain surgery while 6 weeks pregnant. Things happen, even when you are pregnant. She’s fine, and her daughter is absolutely precious (and totally healthy!). There are times in pregnancy that are better and worse for different exposures and procedures. As long as your OB and surgery teeam are communicating to find the best timing for the surgery, your risks are fairly low. There’s always a risk, but there’s also a risk every time you drive in a vehicle. I’m assuming that you stiull get in vehicles while pregnant, right?

Post # 13
941 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Bazinga:  My exSIL had gall bladder surgery while she was pregnant. Everything went just fine. I agree with PP if you are that sick, you can’t properly nourish a fetus. You need to do what your doctors recommend. Get a second opinion if it makes you feel more comfortable. 

Post # 14
816 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I am so sorry to hear this! You need to be healthy…no reason to feel bad! When will you hear a course of action from your doctor? Praying for you.

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