Diarrhea during pregnancy: Is it normal, causes, and treatment

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It’s always best to be safe, see what’s going on with your body, and check on the health of your pregnancy and your baby. Diarrhea during pregnancy is very common, and can be a sign that labor is near if you’re in your 3rd trimester. Diarrhea can also happen in 1st trimester, because of sudden changes in your body due to sudden dietary alterations, prenatal vitamins, and higher water intake. All of these changes can disrupt your normal digestion. If you experience 3 or more loose and watery stools, you should always make sure to re-hydrate yourself and call and inform your doctor.

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Read more about symptoms and treatment of urinary infections. In many cases, incontinence is curable. If you have a problem, talk to your midwife, doctor or health visitor. Pregnant women can often feel faint.

However, just because you have diarrhea doesn’t necessarily mean it’s directly related to your pregnancy. Digestive difficulties, such as constipation and diarrhea, may occur frequently during pregnancy. Blame it on shifting hormones, changes in diet, and added stress. The fact is, pregnant women deal with diarrhea quite a lot, and if they aren’t cautious, it can cause problems.

It is very useful to make sure you take your pregnancy notes with you any time you see your community midwife, GP or if you come to the hospital for any ultrasound scans or appointments. This is our record of the care you have recieved and will help us to ensure you recieve the best and most appropriate care we can offer. Some of the most common questions you might have about your health during pregnancy are discussed below.

What should I eat if I have diarrhoea in pregnancy?

The waters breaking is very likely to be the first sign of miscarriage caused by infection. Rather than meaning that a person is miscarrying, the loss of pregnancy symptoms could mean that their body is adapting well to the pregnancy. Many people experience bodily changes indicating their pregnancies, such as nausea, vomiting and breast tenderness.

Diarrhea is one of the symptoms of miscarriage, but will not lead to it. Do not worry about pushing your baby out while you strain for a bowel movement. Traveler’s diarrhea is a common condition that occurs within a week of traveling. The higher risk-prone areas for traveler’s diarrhea are in Africa, South America, Middle East, and Asia.

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Also, contact your doctor if you experience constant diarrhea associated with usual preterm labor symptoms mentioned next. These conditions are not related to pregnancy in any way. A little indigestion and discomfort in the abdomen may be normal, but if it is severe diarrhea, you must go to a doctor.

But call your doctor if it’s more than just a few drops of blood. Vaginal bleeding could be a sign of a problem with the placenta (such as placental abruption) and it is important to seek treatment right away. Also, don’t confuse spotting or bleeding with the “bloody show,” a discharge tinged with blood that’s a totally harmless sign your cervix is changing to prep for delivery. If you’re vomiting during the second half of your pregnancy, you may also have severe pain just below the ribs, and sudden severe swelling in your face, hands or feet.

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