Pregnancy is a joyful period for every woman. Prepare the nursery, buy clothes, toys for the baby and other pleasant chores associated with the completion of the family, remembered for a lifetime. But there is a flip side to the coin. During pregnancy a woman’s body becomes very vulnerable and begins to “kink”. Affect and physiological changes, hormonal changes, and a weakened immune system. And you have the lady in an interesting position, instead of forward to a fast meeting with the child, to suffer from various “surprises” of his body. Frequent “guest” turns out to be diarrhea. Normally, the disorder for pregnant? Or it is time to urgently run to the doctor?
Symptoms of diarrhea
Diarrhea is the indigestion, which is very easy to recognize. It is accompanied by painful sensations in the abdomen, frequent urge to bowel movements, but also changed the nature of the stool (may be mushy, watery, or frothy).
Mostly with diarrhea the body “expresses his attitude” about hormonal changes, viruses, allergens and toxins. Usually diarrhea comes along with these symptoms:
- increased temperature
- nausea, vomiting
- flatulence and intestinal spasms
- weakness, chills.
No need to fear for their own health and the health of the fetus, if the diarrhea is mild. Usually, the disorder does not last longer than ten days and does not affect normal pregnancy. But a simple diarrhea is the body’s reaction to “special” the physiology of pregnant women? There are several “alarm bells”, giving to understand that it is useful to refer to the doctor. Among them:
- in the stool presence of mucus or blood;
- diarrhea long runs, at the same time there is vomiting and a fever;
- black colored diarrhea, accompanied by dizziness and weakness.
These symptoms require immediate reaction to his appearance. Perhaps the woman has an acute ulcer or an internal bleeding. A visit to the hospital should not be delayed.
Dangerous diarrhea during pregnancy
The risk for women depends on the nature of diarrhea. Don’t worry if the diarrhea is short, strong, accompanied by the classic signs of toxemia. Also should not cause fear diarrhea on the eve of baby coming: in this way the body can purify itself. But in the early stages of intensive diarrhea may increase the tone of the uterus and induce miscarriage.
Because the viruses and bacteria that caused the diarrhea in the intestine, they can cause harm to the fetus. But there are exceptions. Among them it is necessary to particularly focus on cases of severe poisoning, intoxication is fraught with female body and leading to contact with dangerous for the development of toxins directly to the fetus. Therefore, during pregnancy you need to carefully monitor your diet, especially by eating “risky” foods like mushrooms. However, if poisoning were not heavy, a direct threat to the health and life of the unborn child is not.
The main risk of diarrhea is dehydration. But this can happen only if the diarrhea is strong. When a woman has to inflict prolonged visits to the toilet more often 5 times a day, there is a risk of violations of water-salt balance, which, in turn, “provides” failures in the whole organism. For the future of the child is very unfavorable deficient in minerals and vitamins: this lack does not allow the fetus to develop normally. Severe cases of dehydration can cause a variety of defects and even miscarriages. How to protect yourself from such problems? First we need to correctly recognize the symptoms of dehydration. These include:
- dry mouth;
- dark urine, loss of urge to urinate
- a constant desire to drink;
- sometimes drowsiness, fever, irritability.
The main measure of dehydration is to prevent excessive fluid loss and its regular replenishment.
Thus, dangerous for pregnant can only be strong for a long period of diarrhea. For minor indigestion health risk to women and fetus in the majority of cases does not occur. But if you have the slightest doubt about their own conditions, it is urgent to consult your doctor.
Why there is diarrhea during pregnancy
There are many causes of diarrhea during pregnancy. In the early period of diarrhea reported about the beginning of hormonal changes in the body. If, however, the disorder “caught” a woman in the late stages, it may signal the approaching birth. Diarrhea at 37 weeks and later indicates that the appearance of the baby is not far off. But there are other causes of diarrhoea, not associated directly with pregnancy:
- diseases of intestines and digestive tract (mucous colitis, pancreatitis, etc.)
- improper diet that led to the violation of the intestinal microflora;
- neurological disorders
- food poisoning
- infectious diseases (dysentery, botulism, salmonellosis, etc.)
- the inability of the body to produce the necessary enzymes.
Regardless of the causes of ways of getting rid of diarrhea.
Diarrhea and Pregnancy: What to do?
Pregnancy forces a woman to treat their own health very carefully. So even to the treatment of diarrhea should be approached with the utmost seriousness.
First we need to identify the cause of the disorder. If the diarrhea was just a concomitant symptom of the disease, have resorted to the use of drugs. In other situations, you can turn to folk remedies and to comply with a certain diet.
How to treat diarrhea during pregnancy
Ideally, treatment should pregnant doctor. If for some reason treatment in the hospital is not possible, then allowed to self-administer drugs that are safe for pregnant women. Among them:
- Activated charcoal
It is important to understand that these drugs can be used only pre-read the instructions thoroughly, and only when the diarrhea is mild and not a major concern. In serious cases, as described above, self-treatment is strictly not recommended.
Home Remedies for Diarrhea
Proven home remedies do an excellent job with diarrhea. But you can’t blindly believe all the recipes in a row, because some self-made “medicine” is better not to drink during pregnancy. Among safe funds, these include:
- diluted in half a glass of hot boiled water 1 teaspoon of starch. Drunk for the 1st time;
- prepare the infusion of BlackBerry leaves. It take 3 tbsp per day;
- pour a glass of boiling water 1 tbsp of pomegranate peel. After the beverage is brewed, it can be consumed as tea;
- 2 cups water for 20 minutes to boil 1 tbsp of walnut leaves. Giving obtained the means to infuse for about 30 minutes, you must take him at 1st.l. three times a day;
- cook the blueberry jelly. Enough to drink it twice a day.
If a pregnant woman understands that the cause of the diarrhea became emotional problems and mental disorder, it is necessary to “heal” by using the tools that have a sedative effect. For example, motherwort or mint broth.
How to eat when diarrhea
Best on the first day after onset of diarrhoea be limited to copious drinking. Ordinary water, strong teas, and fruit drinks and low-fat broths. This will not only help slightly to “unload” the body and prevent dehydration. If the refusal to eat seems too difficult, it is allowed to diversify their diet with croutons of white bread.
The next day you can afford “more” and add to menu of fresh porridge. Useful in diarrhea to eat rice or oatmeal.
Helps to deal with diarrhea congee that contribute to the proper formation of feces. Due to the content of enveloping substances this drink helps to protect the intestinal wall from the action of the acid gastric juice and to relieve irritation.
Preparing it is simple:
- 0.5 l of water take 1 tsp. of rice;
- cook for 40 minutes on low heat
- strain the broth.
It is necessary to drink a quarter Cup every 3 hours. Taking a decoction is desirable to alternate the use of at least small amounts of rice porridge.
There are “forbidden” foods if you have diarrhea:
- sodas, fruit juices, coffee;
- meat, dairy products; fresh fruits;
- any fatty, spicy and salty foods.
Prevention of diarrhea during pregnancy
Women who have experienced all the “charms” of diarrhea during pregnancy, recognize that it is better to follow some simple rules, than then to suffer from diarrhea. How can prevent diarrhea?
- to be aware of the rules of personal hygiene.
- to Take vitamins for pregnant women.
- to eat Right, focusing on fresh and healthy products.
- There is only at home, forgoing visits to cafes and restaurants with dubious kitchen.
Diarrhea during pregnancy can be a real test of endurance. But all is well that ends well. And taking simple steps to eliminate the problem of diarrhea, you can continue to enjoy the anticipation of the birth of the child!