On this page I would like to discuss IBS and pregnancy issues with you, but first of all I must say......
Congratulations, your pregnant or at least considering pregnancy. Its mean't to be such a happy time, but is it good for your Irritable Bowel Syndrome in pregnancy?
We know IBS can be influenced by hormones and there are certainly a lot of hormones floating around in your blood stream when you are pregnant. During a woman’s normal menstrual cycle there are often changes in symptoms, particularly nearing or during your period as I am sure you have noticed. With IBS in pregnancy this is also true, particularly as we know in a normal pregnant state bowel symptoms are common.
We all know about constipation in pregnancy and also problems with piles or haemorrhoids. This makes IBS-C sufferers even more prone to their symptoms, where as IBS-D sufferers might actually notice an improvement.
Fatigue is common and bloating goes without saying really along with nausea. This is particularly noticeable in the first trimester or first 14 weeks of pregnancy. Mood changes are common along with frequent urination (and they say pregnancy is wonderful?).
So, if you are affected in pregnancy, what can you do about it? Well, drugs should be avoided if at all possible in pregnancy and IBS, so a more natural approach is the best way forward.
1) Make sure that you keep active. Constipation can be helped by keeping active.
2 Make sure you have an excellent fluid intake, particularly fresh water and juices which will help with constipation symptoms.
3) Pay attention to diet during pregnancy. This is a natural way of helping IBS symptoms, without need for medications.
4) Ginger is a natural treatment for nausea and may help with your symptoms during your pregnancy.
5) In IBS-C, try to follow a IBS diet with a high fibre diet or if this makes symptoms worse, a low residue diet (go to the IBS diet for more information).
6) Iron tablets should be avoided if possible in IBS-C as they are constipating. Certainly discussion with your doctor would be advisable as to whether you really need to be taking them or not.
Diarrhea is often improved in IBS and pregnancy, which makes sense as we know constipation is almost a normal feature. Taking Iron tablets, if advised by your doctor, may also improve diarrhea symptoms as they are constipating.
Herbal medicines can sometimes help with symptoms of pregnancy in IBS. I have already mentioned to you about the qualities of ginger as an antisickness medication, but there are other options that may help with your symptoms and be used as part of your IBS diet in pregnancy:
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