Diarrhea in Pregnancy


During pregnancy, it’s common for women to suffer from constipation rather than diarrhea. But in some cases, women do report diarrhea just before they go to labour. Experts state that mild diarrhea can also be a sign of preterm labour.
There is a common misconception that diarrhea or constipation during pregnancy can cause miscarriage , but in truth, it is perfectly normal to have this symptom, especially during the earlier trimester . Some women also report having diarrhea before labor.

Diarrhea an Early Sign of Pregnancy ?
It is one of the earliest symptoms of pregnancy, occurring along with nausea and vomiting and food craving or disgust.16-1447673597-01-5-pregnancy-090812

Diarrhea during Late Pregnancy.
Diarrhea during the third trimester is quite common and is often caused by the same reasons as in the earlier trimesters. Passing watery stool during the later pregnancy weeks may also indicate upcoming labor or a preterm labor. However, having the symptom does not always mean that the baby is coming immediately. Sometimes, it occurs as the body Endure certain changes in its preparation for labor and delivery.

Diarrhea in pregnancy.
Vitmains , an increase in fruit and veg and stomach bugs can cause diarrhea in pregnancy.

Avoiding certain foods and staying hydrated can help.

If it lasts more than two days,you see blood, mucus or have purely liquid, see your GP.

Diarrhea during Pregnancy Harmful for the Baby?

In most cases, it does not cause any harm to the baby. However, severe diarrhea can dehydration the mother, hampering the blood flow to the fetus. Diarrhea occurring due to some serious pregnancy complications such as abdominal or uterine infections, especially during the second and third trimesters, may also be dangerous for the baby.

Home Treatment :
Diarrhea occurring due to changes in the diet or a new pregnancy workout schedule generally subsides automatically after a couple of days. In such instances, the following natural remedies help to retain water and electrolytes, preventing dehydration and providing relief from the symptoms. However, they are Inadequate for curing any serious underlying conditions causing the diarrhea.

Drinking plenty of water (1 liter per 1-2 hours until symptoms subside) and refreshment on salty crackers

Ginger tea prepared by boiling some ginger in water, letting it seep for around 10-15 minutes before straining it

Drinking a mixture of one glass water and 3-4 tablespoons of honey once every day

Consuming a blend of lemon juice, ginger powder (half a teaspoon each) and crushed black pepper twice every day

Drinking a mixture of water and some peppermint extract 2-3 times a day

Psyllium husk (husk)

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  • Imodium (FDA pregnancy category B;
    to be used only for 24 hours after 12 weeks of gestation)
  • Polycarbophil (FDA pregnancy category C)
  • Kaopectate
  • Parepectolin (not classified by FDA; not recommended unless benefits outweigh potential risks)

Avoid foods that make the problem worse. Dairy foods, fried foods and any food which has a high dose of fibre should be avoided at any cost. These three types of foods will help get rid of diarrhea during the third month of pregnancy. If the problem persists, make sure to visit the doctor as it may not be related to pregnancy.