Pregnancy can bring on a lot of conditions. Food aversions, mood swings, abdominal bloating, frequent urination, fatigue, and sore breasts are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to being pregnant. Then, on top of all that some women suffer from diarrhea. Unfortunately, diarrhea is common during pregnancy, and you should expect it to happen more than once. We’re here to help. Let’s go through what to do when you are dealing with diarrhea while pregnant.
Reasons You Could Have Diarrhea
Pregnancy may or may not be the reason you are experiencing diarrhea while pregnant. Some of the pregnancy-related reasons you may be dealing with diarrhea include diet changes, new food sensitivities, prenatal vitamins, and hormonal changes. You are going through a lot of changes, and these changes could cause your symptoms to go out of wak for a little bit. For example, when you become pregnant you may make a lot of changes to your diet (especially if you typically start your day with coffee, end it with wine, and love a good sushi night every once in a while). These dietary changes can potentially upset your stomach and cause diarrhea. Don’t worry, it won’t last your whole pregnancy and will be great for the baby in the long run!
However, if you don’t think your diarrhea is linked to any of the reasons stated earlier, you may be dealing with a virus, bacteria, the stomach flu, intestinal parasites, food poisoning, or certain medications you are taking. Plus, if you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, or ulcerative colitis, you are more prone to getting diarrhea.
Third Trimester Troubles
We understand that the further into your pregnancy you get, the more uncomfortable everything becomes. In some women, diarrhea actually becomes more common in their third trimester. Since everybody is different, it is hard to say whether the frequency of your diarrhea will increase during your third trimester if you are experiencing diarrhea early in your pregnancy.
What You Can Do
If you are wondering what you can do to relieve yourself of diarrhea during pregnancy, we are here to help with that! The best part is that you may not have to even take any medication for it. The easiest advice to give is to stay hydrated and wait it out. Your diarrhea will go away eventually. If you think your diarrhea is caused by a certain medication or food, consider avoiding those things. Obviously, consult your doctor before stopping any regular medication. It’s best to avoid foods that are high in fat, fried, spicy, dairy, or high in fiber while dealing with diarrhea. If you try to make these small adjustments in your lifestyle and are still dealing with diarrhea after a few days, consult your doctor! They can run tests to help you determine what is causing your diarrhea.
Experts have warned pregnant women not to take over-the-counter antidiarrheal medication without talking to your doctor first. It’s best not to make any drastic lifestyle changes while you are pregnant as well.
Lastly, make sure you are staying hydrated! You may not realize how quickly you can lose water when experiencing diarrhea. As gross as it is to think about, it makes sense that having watery, loose bowel movements can dehydrate you fast. Even without diarrhea, pregnant women should be drinking more water than a nonpregnant person, so make sure to always carry water around with you while pregnant. If you are experiencing diarrhea, you should try to have bone broth to help replace water and give your body electrolytes and other minerals that are great for you. If you feel you are extremely dehydrated and experience dark yellow urine, dry, sticky mouth, thirst, decreased urine output, headache, dizziness or lightheadedness, see your doctor.
Not A Match Made in Heaven
Diarrhea and pregnancy is one of the worst combinations you could deal with. You’re already uncomfortable from carrying a human inside of you, and now you have to deal with the annoyance and grossness of diarrhea. If you have diarrhea for more than a few days, consult your doctor. Otherwise, it will go away! Just make sure you are staying hydrated with water or bone broth for an added bonus.
Keep in mind that pregnancy causes a lot of changes to your body and will have you change a lot of things about your lifestyle. These sudden changes could spur on diarrhea, but if you’re aware of what might be causing your diarrhea you have a better chance of tackling the problem with an eased mind. Be aware of how your pregnancy is affecting you, talk with your doctor if anything concerns you and remember to stay hydrated through it all!