Gastroenterology & Pregnancy
Normal physiological changes in the gastrointestinal tract cause emotional alterations during pregnancy. Pregnancy, as a result, places a unique medical burden on the GI tract, making it a vulnerable period for the development of new or worsening of existing GI diseases for certain women. These changes might result in new symptoms, exacerbate pre-existing conditions, or conceal potentially serious illness. Absence of engagement in the management of these symptoms might have devastating consequences. The doctor must be able to distinguish between typical pregnant symptoms and a potentially life-threatening illness such as preeclampsia.