Diarrhea during pregnancy: causes and treatments
Digestive problems during pregnancy are very common. Diarrhea and constipation are common during pregnancy and occur in about a
third of all pregnant women. Diarrhea is the presence of three or more loose bowel movements during the day that may or may not be accompanied by stomach cramps.
Diarrhea during pregnancy is mostly caused by bacteria or viruses. Loose stools that persist for more than two days require medical attention. It may lead to dehydration, which can lead to other health
problems. Diarrhea accompanied by other symptoms, such as fever, vomiting, rectal bleeding, fluid leakage, or vaginal blood discharge, may need immediate medical attention.
Loose, watery stools three or more times a day may indicate diarrhea. The following symptoms may also be seen with diarrhea:
Constant urge to defecate
Causes of diarrhea during pregnancy:
1. Pregnancy brings about many hormonal and other changes. Changes in hormones can also lead to some changes in the digestive system. High levels of prostaglandins may cause diarrhea. Certain hormones may slow digestion, gradually causing diarrhea.
2. Some women make drastic changes to their diet as soon as they know they are pregnant. These sudden dietary changes may cause the digestive system to become sensitive, causing diarrhea. This most commonly appears in the first trimester of pregnancy.
3. Excessive intake of junk food due to pregnancy-related cravings may cause diarrhea.
4. Many women are exposed to stress and stress, which causes diarrhea during pregnancy.
5. Some women may develop diarrhea due to prenatal vitamins. You can change the brand of vitamins and see if it helps.
Most cases of diarrhea resolve without medication within two days. The following may help you better manage diarrhea.
Hydration: Drink enough water, broth, and oral rehydration solutions to replace lost fluids and electrolytes, such as sodium, potassium, and minerals.
Diet: Eat a healthy, balanced diet that contains the right amount of fiber to aid proper digestion. Identify and avoid foods that may make diarrhea worse. Avoid tap water and street food when traveling.
Exercise: Try to include some exercises in your routine. Determine the intensity of exercise under the supervision of an obstetrician. Exercise improves blood flow to all organs, including the intestines.
Medications: If the diarrhea does not resolve on its own, the doctor may prescribe some medications for it.