Diarrhea is not a symptom that you would encounter regularly during early pregnancy but some women do experience it. Hormones might be one of the reasons of diarrhea or unclean food could have triggered it.
Most often, pregnant women suffer from constipation because of the prenatal vitamins that they are supposed to take. The high levels of iron content in these tablets can cause chronic constipation and fecal impaction where the stool partially obstructs the bowels. This will often result in diarrhea that is accompanied by vomiting and abdominal bloating. Consult your doctor immediately if you are having all of these symptoms.
Diarrhea in early pregnancy is caused due to hormones then it might be accompanied by some uncomfortable cramps. Along with diarrhea if you were also vomiting, then it would best to consult your doctor immediately. Firstly you should avoid getting dehydrated since you are losing a lot of fluids. Dehydration will cause premature birth.
If your diarrhea is mild, with just once or twice in a day, then make sure that you take lots of fluids. It will probably pass off in one or two days. But if you are passing stools 3 – 4 times in a time and if it turns out to have mucous clotted with blood then contact your doctor immediately.
Diarrhea in late pregnancy is an indication that you are likely to go into labor soon. However if the diarrhea is very severe, it might be triggered because of something you ate. If food poisoning is the reason for diarrhea then it will subside within 24 hours.
Diarrhea causes dehydration and in cases where it is accompanied by vomiting as well dehydration is faster. It is therefore important that you keep drinking lots of fluids to avoid going into a premature labor. Avoid taking milk and milk products during diarrhea as it might worsen the situation. Drink lots of water, juice and hydrating liquids such as Gatorade instead. Eat bland food such as toast, rice or bananas and avoid spicy food during diarrhea.
Diarrhea can be avoided during pregnancy by eating a well-balanced meal. Diet with lots of fiber, fruits and leafy vegetables will avoid constipation and also the resultant diarrhea that is caused due to impacted bowels. Avoid taking lots of caffeine or soda as this will cause more constipation. Avoid any food that you feel has triggered your diarrhea. If you have become allergic to milk and milk products then consult your doctor and see what alternatives protein substitute you can have instead. Avoid eating spicy, oily and fattening foods. This will not only irritate your stomach but you will also inadvertently put on a lot of weight, which you might find difficult to reduce after the baby is born.
Diarrhea during pregnancy is not a happy combination but do not stress yourself by worrying whether the infection is likely to affect your baby. If your diarrhea is due to virus or bacteria infection or due to food sensitivity it will have no impact on the health of the baby since the infection is confined to the digestive tract. Just remember to drink a lot of water and keep yourself from getting dehydrated.