Appendicitis in Pregnancy

Appendicitis occurs during pregnancy at rates that are comparable to the general non pregnant population. In fact, appendicitis and gall bladder surgeries account for the vast majority of all pregnancy unrelated surgeries in pregnant women. Although appendicitis does happen, it is not very common. The condition occurs in about one in one thousand pregnancies. Although the incidence of appendicitis is about the same whether a woman is pregnant or not, one thing is different during pregnancy, a perforation is more likely. Diagnosis is often delayed because the earliest symptoms of appendicitis are similar to pregnancy symptoms. This includes nausea, vomiting … Continue reading

The Pregnancy Blog Review for April 20-27

Each week, I attempt to cover a wide range of topics related to pregnancy, birth and the days immediately following the birth of your baby. The review is a good place to browse recent topics in the blog. I am always interested in hearing from readers with new topic ideas. Naming your baby is one of the most lasting gifts you will give your child. Sometimes choosing the right name isn’t easy. Read more in Baby Naming Tips. In the final weeks of your pregnancy, you will most likely be tested for group B strep. If the test comes back … Continue reading

Gallbladder Disease Overview

My brother and I were still in grammar school when my mom was diagnosed with gallbladder disease. Suddenly, the family diet involved a lot of baked chicken and a lot less salt. Diet and medication kept her gallbladder in check for a number of years; eventually she had to have it removed. The gallbladder is a little sac that hangs just underneath the liver. It stores bile made by the liver — the bile is used to help digest fats. There are two ducts that carry bile from the gallbladder to the small intestines: the cystic duct and the common … Continue reading