Loose Motions During Pregnancy

Just like other complaints, loose motions or diarrhea is one of the many symptoms of pregnancy.

 

Diarrhea can happen because:

  • Due to hormonal changes, the digestive system slows down causing diarrhea in the first trimester.
  • Some pregnant women become sensitive to the different foods they eat thus causing frequent loose motions
  • Sometimes a viral or a bacterial infection leads to diarrhea
  • Some Prenatal supplements can cause loose motions in some women
  • Food poisoning due to eating contaminated food or water can cause a stomach upset and severe bouts of loose motions. This should be treated immediately by a doctor.
  • Loose motions in the third trimester is very common. It can be a sign that you are approaching Labor. You could get loose motions just before you go into Labor or a couple of weeks before Labor starts. It is just a way for some women’s bodies to get ready for their baby’s birth.

 

Treating loose motions:

Loose motions during pregnancy should be treated immediately. It can lead to serious complications such as dehydration and loss of essential nutrients.

  • In most cases diarrhea clears up in a few days.
  • It is important that you stay hydrated – Have at least  8 – 10 glasses of water. Apart from this, consume juices, soups, buttermilk to replenish the lost electrolytes and body salts.
  • Having ORS solution will also help.
  • In case diarrhea doesn't clear up, please contact your doctor.

 

Home Remedies:

You can try some home remedies in case the severity and cause of the problem is not serious.

  • In ayurveda, ginger is recommended as a treatment for diarrhea. Boil a piece of ginger in two cups of water. Steep it, reduce it to half and drink it.
  • Drink Lemon and honey about 3-4 tablespoons through the day.
  • Mix a tsp of lemon juice with half a tsp of ginger juice and black pepper powder

 

Diet:

  • Eat light foods that can be digested easily like apples, carrots, dry toast, crackers, yoghurt,  khichdi, veg / chicken soup
  • Avoid meats, spicy and fried foods, sweet and sugary foods, carbonated drinks and dairy products.

 

Remember:

  • Do not eat or drink in unhygienic places
  • Stay away from roadside vendors
  • Stay away from uncooked, raw foods like salads, fruits, juices, garnishing like coriander on food.
  • Wash fruits and vegetables before consuming
  • Go over your diet intake, list out the food items that cause loose motions.
  • Change your prenatal supplements in case they do not suit you.
  • Eat iron rich foods to cover up any deficiency
  • If you get loose motions, remember to stay hydrated by consuming sufficient fluids.

 

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Comments (6)



Tanvi Verma

hllo. .I'm in 33 weak I'm also suffering from lose motion last 2 days. ..  kya yeh labour ke symptoms  h...

Jiya Shukla

hey man I am 32 weak i am also suffering from lose motion last 3days .and my edd is 29th may

Gauri

Tanvi Verma and Jiya Shukla some women do have loose motions when labour begins but watch out for these signs toohttp://app.babychakra.com/article/1105

Rima Santra

hii. I'm 24weeks also suffering from few days due to lose motion n eating mangoes  which increase lose motion too much.

Akshaya Naresh

This is just in time

Mrs Ranjan

Tells me how..

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