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INFORMATION FOR  WOMEN WHO HAVE DIVERTICULITIS DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

                                                                                                                                                

What is diverticulitis during pregnancy?

Diverticulitis is inflammation (usually due to infection) of a diverticulum, a pouch that has bulged out from the intestines. Diverticula often develop over time, in places where the intestinal wall is weak, usually in the colon (the large intestine). Known as diverticulosis, the condition of having multiple diverticula develops over time, provoked by a variety of risk factors, many that you can control. Additionally, there is a congenital type of diverticulum, called a Meckel diverticulum, which bulges from the distal (lower) part of the small intestine. This is due to an error during embryology, but it too can get infected (Meckel diverticulitis). The significance of diverticulitis in pregnancy is that it is one of a handful of conditions causing abdominal pain that must be distinguished from one another, yet pregnancy often makes such distinction more challenging than when you’re not pregnant. One reason for this is that diverticulitis usually occurs in the sigmoid colon, causing pain in the left lower quadrant (LLQ) of the abdomen, while Meckel diverticulitis causes pain around the umbilicus, appendicitis causes pain that begins around the umbilicus and moves to the lower right, and an inflamed gallbladder (cholecystitis) gives you right upper quadrant (RUQ) pain. As pregnancy advances, however, contents of your gastrointestinal (GI) tract shift around, so the location of the pain is not as useful to the diagnosis as it is when you’re not pregnant.


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