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Little did I know, baby poop would become an all-too-common part of daily conversation when my little one arrived!
But what about our own poop as mammas to be?
Diarrhea in pregnancy is no fun, but is it anything to worry about?
If you experience three or more loose bowel movements in one day, then it’s possible that you may be suffering from diarrhea.
There are many possible causes of diarrhea that have nothing to do with pregnancy.
Diarrhea can happen for a number of reasons, including:
You may also suffer from certain conditions which make diarrhea more likely: IBS, Crohn’s disease, and celiac disease.
During pregnancy, diarrhea can be more likely for multiple reasons.
The third trimester is when diarrhea may become more common. This is because your body is preparing for labor.
But don’t panic! A sudden onset of diarrhea doesn’t necessarily mean baby is on his way just yet!
Absolutely! It’s extremely common to experience diarrhea in pregnancy. It’s just another little lovely experience to go with the swollen ankles and morning sickness!
Diarrhea during pregnancy won’t harm your baby if it is short lived and treated properly. However, you should watch out for dehydration in pregnancy, which can be caused by severe diarrhea.
This can slow blood flow to the fetus so it’s important to keep hydrated.
The only time diarrhea may be a sign of danger for your baby is when it is accompanied by uterine and abdominal infections during second or third trimesters. See your doctor if you have any concerns about these.
Although pregnancy diarrhea is generally harmless, that doesn’t make it any more pleasant.
Here are a few ways to deal with it.
Babycentre also recommends that you use oral rehydration solutions or an isotonic sports drinks to replace lost fluids, salts, sugars and minerals.
Find even more ways to stay hydrated during pregnancy here.
There is a long list of home remedies which are said to help with diarrhea in pregnancy. Here are just a few you could try.
There are certain foods which you should avoid if you’re struggling with diarrhea.
The BRAT diet: For years, bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast have been recommended. This is because they’re gentle on the digestive system.
It’s also recommended to try adding these foods for additional vitamins and minerals:
Babycentre also recommends light meals which do not sit too heavy on your stomach.
It can be tempting to run straight to your pharmacist (well, maybe not run, exactly!) if you’re suffering. Like any ailment with pregnancy, you need to be careful what medication you take.
Not all your usual over-the-counter medicines are safe for moms-to-be. In fact, some may make the issue worse!
In particular, Imodium, is not safe if you’re pregnant. There is more information about which medicines are safe here, but it’s always best to check with your midwife, doctor or pharmacist if you’re unsure about whether medicines are safe to take.
If the problem persists for more than a few days, or if it gets worse, you should call your doctor.
It’s very important to prevent dehydration. This can be a cause of premature labor, so must be taken really seriously.
You should also get checked out straight away if:
Your diarrhea is probably nothing to worry about but it’s always best to rule out anything serious. Better safe than sorry!
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