Congratulations on becoming pregnant! Now is the time to sit back, relax and savor this journey, at the end of which you will be gifted with a miracle.
Like with all journeys, this too comes with its share of cares and concerns. You will have to be prepared for all those minor discomforts that come as a package deal along with the happiness childbirth has to offer.
Morning Sickness Or Something Else?
During the first trimester of pregnancy, most women experience the trademark and popular morning sickness. While this is common, you are very likely to confuse the pattern with another possibility.
- Stomach bug or infection is quite possible while being pregnant. You may overlook the same owing to the similarities in the symptoms that are almost same as that of morning sickness.
- Understanding a little bit more about the difference would help you rule out the possibility of suffering a stomach bug during pregnancy.
[ Read: Nausea And Vomiting During Pregnancy ]
What Is A Stomach Bug?
A stomach bug is simply a gastric infection caused by few viruses. These bugs creep into your gastrointestinal tract through two major culprits – food and water.
- These viruses then cause infection to the gastric tract, making your body react with an immediate nausea or vomiting.
- Stomach bug can also have symptoms close to food poisoning. It is hard to tell which one you are down with.
Symptoms Of A Stomach Bug:
While you may be worried that most symptoms match that of a routine morning sickness pattern, here are few extra signs from your body to watch out for that will convey a clear message of a possible stomach bug:
- Vomiting accompanied with sudden fever
- Abdominal cramps
- Severe diarrhea
The above symptoms also apply in case of a food poisoning. Make sure you are alert and report the same to your doctor as soon as possible.
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How To Deal With A Stomach Bug During Pregnancy?
Once you are affirmative about a possible stomach related infection, it is time to apply few important measures to deal with the crisis. During stomach bug, make sure you follow the below measures:
- Rest as much as you can.
- Drink lot of fluids and electrolytes that will compensate for your lost hydration.
- Resort to popsicles, ice creams and ice chips in case of extreme cramps.
- Eat mild and nutritious food prepared at home.
- Stay away from outside food and junk food.
- Add a dash of ginger to your juices or snacks as the herb helps in combating infection.
[ Read: Junk Food During Pregnancy ]
Medications For Stomach Bug In Pregnancy:
Remember that your doctor will give you minimal or no medication because you are pregnant. What you consume after a stomach infection matters, as this is directly related to your tummy. The following drugs are considered safe during pregnancy for stomach infection:
- Antacids (Eno, Tums, Maalox)
- Gas Relievers (Mylicon)
- Antidiarrheal Medicines (Strictly prescribed by doctors)
Note – All the medications, along with antacids, are to be consumed only after consulting your doctor. Refrain from taking an individual call and popping pills from over the counter.
[ Read: Safe Medicines In Pregnancy ]
Fluids For Stomach Bug:
You are likely to find huge relief with fluid intake rather than solid food. You can indulge in the below options while dealing with stomach infection:
- Diluted forms of juice
- Grape water
- Vegetable broth
- Creamy soups
- Decaffeinated teas
- Hot water with lemon
- Ginger ale
- Coconut water
[ Read: Lemon Water During Pregnancy ]
Foods For Stomach Bug:
Yes, it is hard to think of food when your body is busy dealing with the consequences of a stomach bug, but you must eat regularly, to give sustenance to the life growing in you.
- Ensure that you eat foods that are simple, bland, non spicy, less oily and easy on your tummy.
- Forget surrendering to your cravings for spicy foods, as this will only aggravate your condition further.
- Have short and simple meals that nourish and comfort your stomach as it heals.
- Stay away from dairy products like cheese and butter for a while, except for curds and yogurts.
[ Read: Eating Spicy Food During Pregnancy ]
We hope this article has set your mind at ease, if you have been worried about stomach bugs during pregnancy. Talk to your doctor about various options in the form of diet, medication and frequency of drug intake while dealing with a stomach bug. Remember as annoying as it feels this too shall pass!
Moms, do share your stomach bug stories with us in the section below.
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