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4 Ways to Detect and Treat Gallstones in Pregnancy

4 Ways to Detect and Treat Gallstones in Pregnancy
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As if you didn't have enough on your mind during pregnancy, your risk of gallbladder problems, including gallstones, increase while you await baby-to-be. In fact, about 25 to 30 percent of pregnant women will experience some sort of gallbladder ailment, with 3 to 10 percent of those patients eventually developing gallstones. That's because the gallbladder--which harbors bile in your belly, helping you to digest--doesn't work as efficiently during pregnancy, leaving behind extra bile "sludge" that may develop into a stone. These tiny pebbles can wreak major havoc on your digestive system, blocking the flow of bile throughout your intestines and causing pain and discomfort.

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