Loose Motions During Pregnancy: Why it is Normal And How Should You Handle it

If you are facing a bout of loose motions while expecting, don’t worry, that’s normal too!

Here’s a laundry list of reasons why this could happen

  • Your hormonal changes causes the digestive system to slow down in the first trimester.
  • You might have become sensitive to the different foods you eat
  • An occasional viral or bacterial infection
  • Certain Prenatal supplements could also freak your system out!
  • Food poisoning due to eating contaminated food or water. This needs urgent attention by your gynaecologist.
  • Loose motions in the third trimester is very common. 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.


How to feel at ease with a runny stomach!

In most cases, diarrhea clears up in a few days but get it treated immediately, otherwise it can lead to serious consequences such as dehydration and loss of essential nutrients.

  • 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. (Tip: Avoid Milk though)
  • Go for an ORS solution with doctor’s advice.


Home Remedies:

You can try these if it is not so severe

  • 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


What to Eat during Loose motions

  • Eat light foods that can be digested easily like apples, carrots, dry toast, crackers, yoghurt,  khichdi, veg / chicken soup
  • Wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly, especially while eating raw.
  • Eat iron rich foods to cover up any deficiency


What Not to Eat during Loose Motions

  • 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.
  • Avoid meats, spicy and fried foods, sweet and sugary foods, carbonated drinks and dairy products.
  • Identify any specific foods that trigger loose motions in you and avoid them.
  • Change your prenatal supplements in case they do not suit you.


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