Diarrhea in pregnancy

Diarrhea, also spelled diarrhoea is a early symptom of pregnancy. Find out about the causes, foods to avoid and when to seek medical help.

Diarrhea in pregnancy

Diarrhea during pregnancy can be distressing. Understand the causes and how to resolve diarrhea during pregnancy.

What causes diarrhea during pregnancy?

Diarrhea, also spelled diarrhoea is the passing of watery stools more than three times a day. It affects almost everyone at some point in their life. Althought pregnancy usually increases your chances of constipation, it can also bring on bouts of diarrhea. Other than a mild stomach bug, your body may be responding to all the super good-for-you food you’ve been eating lately. Pre natal vitamins may also be to blame.

Foods to avoid

To help resolve diarrhea, there are certain foods you should be avoiding. Steer clear of the following when you are experiencing a bout of diarrhea:

  • Spicy or fatty foods
  • Dried foods (especially prunes)
  • Milk
  • Simple high-sugar drinks can prolong diarrhea. Opt for water or sports drinks to help re-hydrate

When to seek help

During pregnancy, it is not advisable to take anti-diarrhea medicine that contains sodium or sodium bicarbonate as it increases water retention leaing to swelling. Instead, keep your body hydrated and have plenty of rest until your bowel movements harden. Diarrhea can be physically draining particularly during pregnancy.

If you suffer from diarrhea for more than 2 days, see blood, mucus or is purely liquid, seek advice from a doctor or your midwife.

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