26 weeks pregnant, what to eat with a bad gallbladder?

I was out of town visiting family and had to go to the hospital bc of BAD chest and back pain.I thought it was just really bad heartburn but come to find out that i have stones and my gallbladder is inflammed and i have an infection. i was hospitalized for a day with antibiotics and fluids. and then sent home. The surgeon told me to see a surgeon when i got home and that i need to stay on a low fat diet. Im home now and saw my OB for an u/s for my baby( jus found out that she has fluid in her kidneys that can possibly go away on its on but i have to see a specialist) and the doc told me no fatty food and NO dairy not even skim milk. And if i have an attack again im gonna need surgery. Im extrememly hungry and dont know what to eat. Has anyone had to go thru this b4?I dont know what veggies are okay and other things.Can someone give me a list of foods i CAN eat while also being preggers?I will see my surgeon in a couple of days but i need to know what to eat now. Thanx.

  1. dianak502002, 27 May, 2010

    Just type into your nearest search engine foods to avoid with GERD. I had my gallbladder out about 2 years ago now, and noone told me at the time I’d be having major acid reflux issues, because the fluid normally held by the gallbladder is now dumping directly into your intestine.

    So, here’s what I find…

    DIETARY MODIFICATIONS Dietary modifications are recommended to lessen the likelihood of reflux and to avoid irritation of sensitive or inflamed esophageal tissue. Listed below are several recommendations that may help to manage GERD: •Decrease total fat intake – High fat meals and fried foods tend to decrease LES pressure and delay stomach emptying thereby increasing the risk of reflux. •Avoid large meals – Large meals increase the likelihood of increased gastric (stomach) pressure and reflux. •Decrease total caloric intake if weight loss is desired – Since obesity may promote reflux, weight loss may be suggested by your healthcare provider to control reflux. Reducing both total fat and caloric intake will aid in weight loss. •Avoid chocolate – Chocolate contains methylxanthine, which has been shown to reduce LES pressure by causing relaxation of smooth muscle.•Avoid coffee depending on individual tolerance – Coffee, with or without caffeine, may promote gastroesophageal reflux. Coffee may be consumed if it is well tolerated. •Avoid other known irritants – Alcohol, mint, carbonated beverages, citrus juices, and tomato productsall may aggravate GERD. These products may be consumed depending on individual tolerance.

    Safe Foods For The Acid Reflux Diet

    Food Group Foods With Little Potential to Cause Heartburn
    Fruit • Apple, fresh
    • Apple, dried
    • Apple juice
    • Banana
    Vegetables • Baked potato
    • Broccoli
    • Cabbage
    • Carrots
    • Green beans
    • Peas
    Meat • Ground beef, extra-lean
    • Steak, London Broil
    • Chicken breast, skinless
    • Egg whites
    • Egg substitute
    • Fish, no added fat
    Dairy • Cheese, feta or goat
    • Cream cheese, fat-free
    • Sour cream, fat-free
    • Soy cheese, low-fat
    Grains • Bread, mult-grain or white
    • Cereal, bran or oatmeal
    • Corn bread
    • Graham crakers
    • Pretzels
    • Rice, brown or white
    • Rice cakes
    Beverages • Mineral water
    Fats / Oils • Salad dressing, low-fat
    Sweets / Desserts • Cookie, fat-free
    • Jelly beans
    • Red licorice
    • Potato chips, baked

    BUT… if a Dr told you to avoid all fats, then do. But you can use the rest of the foods on this list. After your surgery, you need to get on a proton pump inhibitor and watch your diet closely.

  2. Michelle Zalbo, 27 May, 2010

    Fat Free Foods!!

    I’ve been through this – lots of fruits and veggies, baked chicken with olive oil and spices….

    It’s worth it to get it removed.

  3. J B, 27 May, 2010

    You can go to any website and type in low-fat diet or gallbladder diet and it will list all of the foods you can eat. There is no vegetable that is restricted on this diet nor any fruits so you can start there.

  4. Krisz N, 27 May, 2010

    When you eat fatty foods your gallbladder makes more bile than for fatfree foods……you don’t want a sick gallbladder to try working too hard.
    The worst fats to give gallbladder pain in my experience are bacon fat, cheese (especially Swiss) and milk.
    Cottage cheese or ricotta seem to be harmless, and so is chicken meat and dry white fish ( keep away from salmon which is oily or tuna tinned in oil)
    Eggs are ok; ;instead of frying just soft boil them or poach them. You can make an omelette in a nonstick pan with no oil under it. Bread is fine; grainy wholemeal tastes better without butter or margarine than plain white.
    Vegetables are all okay, boiled or steamed (steamed tastes better) or raw as a salad….no butter or mayo on them tho, as mayo is half oil. You can make mashed potato with artificial coffee whitener instead of milk…add some chopped herbs for more flavour.
    Cereal is fine for breakfast…tho they said no milk, you could put on a small amount, mixed with water. Or make a cooked cereal porridge – oatmeal or semolina porridge is nice cooked with just water: You eat it topped with cocoa and a bit of sugar sprinkled on, and/or strawberry jam…. yum and very filling.

    best wishes for you and baby to get healthy soon

  5. knicname, 27 May, 2010

    Avoid fatty, fried & spicy foods. Eat 5 smaller meals vs large meals. Avoid smoking, drinking alcohol. Try keeping a low cholesterol diet. Basically, the diet should be low fat & high fiber (Dark green vegetables, fruits, nuts, lean protein). Drink 8 glasses of water/day.

    I had gallstones & had my gallbladder removed so it wouldn’t become an emergency surgery. It was done laproscopically & I went home the same day.

    Good luck with everything!!

    Google: mayo clinic>>diseases>>gallstones

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