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Posted by Patty
on October 02, 2000 at 00:36:21:
In Reply to: Pregnancy and 'the runs'! posted by Sean on September 06, 2000 at 16:09:57:
: My wife and I are thinking of having a second child. She is 40 years old and has had frequent bouts of diarrhea
: since she had her gall bladder removed, soon after the birth of our daughter. The GYN has told us the fetus
: might suffer from mental retardation due to dehydration brought on by the diarrhea ( & my wife's age) and
: has suggested we not go ahead with the pregnancy. Anyone out there have any experience with this situation?
I am pregnant with my second child and I am 32 years old. I had my gallbladder removed when I was 23 years old. Let me tell you it is completely normal once you have no gallbladder to have bouts of diarrhea. Let me also tell you I have had no problems with dehydration. It doesn't sound right to me that your wife's doctor would even mention her not having a gallbladder in relation to any risks associated with another baby. The age thing is true. Women over 40 have an increased risk of having babies with Down's Syndrome. I wouldn't let that stop you either. My mom was 42 when she had me 32 years ago and I am fine. All I am saying is lack of a gallbladder should have no bearing on your decision to have another child at all. If your wife does have dehydration problems, she just needs to be extra careful during the pregnancy and increase her fluid intake, which you are supposed to do anyway during pregnancy. Also, most women (myself included) tend to get constipated when pregnant so chances are her diarrhea may not even be an issue once she's pregnant. Hope this has helped.
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