Kidney Stones During Pregnancy

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While women aren’t at an increased risk of developing kidney stones during pregnancy, they can be more difficult to treat in mothers-to-be.

kidney stones while pregnant can have a negative effect on both mother and baby, so if you suspect you might have developed the condition, it’s vital to speak to a doctor as soon as possible.

Our GPs can discuss your symptoms, refer you for more testing and advise whether any additional treatment may be required.

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What Causes Kidney Stones During Pregnancy?

Kidney stones can be caused by a range of issues, including:

  • A lack of fluid intake
  • A history of the condition in your family
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Irritation of the bowel
  • Too much calcium in your diet
  • Your body undergoes a whole host of changes during pregnancy and in some cases, this can contribute to the chance of developing a kidney stone.
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Symptoms of Kidney Stones in Pregnancy

Small kidney stones don’t usually cause many symptoms, if any, and may even pass unnoticed when urinating.

Stones that get stuck in the kidney or travel down the bladder may cause a great deal of pain.

Common symptoms include:

  • Constant dull pain in the lower back or possibly groin
  • Times of intense pain in the back, groin and abdomen (which can last minutes or hours)
  • Pain when urinating (dysuria)
  • Blood in your urine (caused by the stones scratching your kidney or ureter)
  • Being unable to sit still and a constant restless feeling.
  • If the stone leads to an infection – this can lead to a range of further issues.


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Treating Kidney Stones During Pregnancy

While most kidney stones can be passed without incident or treatment, in some cases additional treatment may be required.

Since pregnancy is a very delicate time, usually non-invasive procedures are recommended. These include methods like a ureteroscopy, where a thin tube is inserted in the urethra and used to extract the stone.

Shockwave therapy – where soundwaves are used to dissipate the stones – aren’t usually recommended for pregnant women, since the potential risks posed to the developing baby aren’t fully understood.

If you think you may have developed a kidney stone, or aren’t sure – speak to a doctor today.

Our GPs can discuss your symptoms and provide tailored advice on whether or not you’re likely to have a kidney stone and how to deal with it.

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