■ Laparoscopy is being performed with increasing frequency during pregnancy for both obstetric and nonobstetric indications.

■ While pregnancy was once considered an absolute contraindication to laparoscopy, numerous reports have demonstrated that laparoscopy may be performed safely in all trimesters of pregnancy without increased maternal or fetal morbidity or mortality.

■ As laparoscopic techniques and instrumentation improve, it is likely that additional indications for laparoscopic surgery in the gravid patient will be identified.

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