Diarrhea In Pregnancy - Signs, Causes And Treatments

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Being pregnant is like being on cloud nine. There is nothing that can make a woman as much happy! But there are many complications that may come along and fill her with anxiety. Don’t worry, we care for you and thus present to you a comprehensive list of information that would acquaint you with one of the major complications of pregnancy- ‘diarrhea.’

Digestive problems are quite common during pregnancy. Diarrhea may occur as frequently as constipation during this phase. This can be due to fluctuating hormones, built in stress or dietary changes. Pregnant women complain of diarrhea a lot and if they are not cautious, it can certainly cause lot many problems. Find out the common reasons behind diarrhea and the ways to ease the discomfort it hits.

Diarrhea During Early Pregnancy:

Diarrhea during early pregnancy is usually short lived. It is accompanied with vomiting, nausea and watery bowel movements. If the bowel movements are accompanied by blood or mucus, it is a serious

indication and requires a doctor’s consultation.

There are many reasons which can lead to diarrhea in early pregnancy. Many a times it is because of some disorder or malfunctioning in the body. Some of the causes include:

1. Specific Foods:

Some foods that are commonly eaten during pregnancy lead to diarrhea. To prevent diarrhea during pregnancy, it is important to avoid dairy products, dry fruits like prunes, chocolates candies, aerated and caffeinated drinks, fried fatty foods, spices and red meat. Doctors often suggest dietary alteration to manage diarrhea with pregnancy. The BRAT diet (Bread, rice, applesauce and toast) is usually recommended to cure diarrhea in pregnancy. Having whole wheat bread without butter and brown rice is great for your gastrointestinal tract and helps to arrest diarrhea to a great extent.

Having a light chicken or vegetable soup and stew (non-milk based) is great for stomach and soothes the gastrointestinal tract. Yogurt rich in probiotics help to develop good bacteria in the gut and keeps diarrhea at bay. You can also have lean meats like turkey breast or skinless chicken. Having carrots, unsweetened cereals and potatoes is also safe during pregnancy and provides the required dietary fiber.

[ Read: Eating Spicy Food In Pregnancy ]

2. Excess Water Consumption:

Generally water helps to detox the body it acts like a pipe cleaner fluid. It cleans the intestines and bladder of any stool that has settles there due to constipation. It is important to drink clean water, water taken from unknown source can be contaminated with virus or bacteria and can trigger diarrhea.Invest in a water filter to ensure that you are drinking the cleanest water. Along with water have high fiber foods like Bok Choy and Broccoli.

3. Supplementation:

Consuming green leafy vegetables, prenatal vitamins and diet supplements can result in green stools. But there is nothing to worry, it is natural. Many have black tarry stools because of having iron supplements.

4. Pregnancy Workouts:

Those women who exercise daily don’t have diarrhea usually. Those who don’t exercise before or during pregnancy have a high chance of diarrhea. Diarrhea caused due to neglecting exercise during pregnancy is only temporary. Diarrhea in this case disappears once the body gets accustomed to exercise. It is important to adjust sleeping patterns and exercise to arrest diarrhea when pregnant.

[ Read: 8 Exercises To Avoid During Pregnancy ]

5. Prenatal Vitamins:

Prenatal vitamins often cause loose stools. Prenatal vitamins are usually power packed with vitamins and minerals essential for pregnancy. But all vitamins are not created equal. There are many prenatal vitamins in the market but have those prenatal vitamins which the doctor recommends. If you are having problem with the particular brand of vitamins you can report to the doctor and he will change the brand and give you something you can tolerate.

6. Stomach Ailments:

At times women become sensitive to certain foods, intake of which causes diarrhea. Food poisoning, stomach flu and intestinal parasites are the reason behind acute diarrhea and needs immediate treatment.

7. Slow Digestion:

Slow digestion of food which leads to diarrhea. However, mild the diarrhea is make sure to tell your doctor top prescribe some medicines. Since diarrhea can cause dehydration in the mother and increases the risk of pre-term labor.

[ Read: How To Avoid Indigestion During Pregnancy ]

8. Lactose Intolerance:

Lactose intolerance is a condition where the body simply doesn’t have the enzyme lactase to digest the sugar present in milk called ‘lactose.’Having dairy products during pregnancy except curd can trigger diarrhea. You can ask your doctor whether you can have soy products like soy milk and tofu for the daily dose of calcium.