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Question:

From Wisconsin, USA:

Could you please tell me why gastroparesis could be much worse during pregnancy? I'm 29 and thinking about having a second child and would appreciate any information on this subject.

Answer:

During pregnancy intestinal motility is significantly decreased due to various hormones being produced (particularly progesterone). If you are prone to gastroparesis, then pregnancy may increase your risk. I have had to deal with this in some of my patients. Metoclopramide (Reglan) [a prescription medication that affects the function of the gut] seems to relieve symptoms and is safe in pregnancy.

OWJ

Original posting 12 Apr 1998
Posted to Family Planning and Complications

  
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