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Pregnancy diarrhoea, has anybody else had this?!

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Chocolateporridge Sun 04-May-14 19:04:44

and more importantly, how did you cope?

Sorry if tmi but with my first pregnancy I had urgent diarrhoea three or four times a day, right up til labour. My doc had no idea why, I was referred to some sort of consultant who didn't know why either but they both agreed to immodium in the last trimester as I could hardly leave the house.

Two weeks after delivery I developed gall bladder problems and had my gall bladder removed and thought that perhaps my diarrhoea had been linked to that but...

I'm now 8 weeks pregnant again and in the same boat! My doc's prescribed me cocodamol as one of the side effects is it can cause constipation, and it does help a little bit but doesn't stop the goosebumps and churning stomach and I really can't face seven more months of this. Please can someone offer some advice?

Bumpforme2014 Sun 04-May-14 19:28:48

Oh chocolate I feel your pain, literally! I am 17 weeks and have been suffering with cramps and urgent diarrhoea for the last three weeks. I actually have ulcerative colitis which is inflammation of the bowel and although I am on meds for it, pregnancy has flared it up.

Sounds to me like you need to see a proper gastro consultant, I have one and they take it very seriously now I am pregnant because it's not good for third trimester as can make me and baby quite unwell. I am on steriods now to reduce inflammation and use enemas to get straight to the problem.

It's such a nuisance so I really do understand especially when at work or travelling, it was getting to the point where I was avoiding eating much which isn't good.

Not sure if I have helped, go to see GP or midwife and ask to be referred because there are specialist medications for bowl problems.

EllaBella220 Sun 04-May-14 20:10:35

Chocolate, does it happen at all outside of pregnancy?

I suffer from IBS and HATE that the diarrhea stops me from leaving the house. It had settled loads in the first trimester but seems to be playing up again recently (20wks) and it really stresses me out as I can't leave the house on time for appointments and then get the churning stomach, goosebumps, sweats and nausea at the thought of needing to go when I'm out.

I am freaking out about having diarrhea in later pregnancy as my hospital is a 25 minute drive away in heavy traffic and I just KNOW I'm going to be needing the toilet on route and not sure how well I can plan around that. I am hoping I am either booked in to be induced so I can take imodium or have plenty of notice of labour started so I can take imodium.

Chocolateporridge Sun 04-May-14 20:25:51

Bump that must be awful, my friend has colitis and I know how bad her tummy symptoms are, without adding pregnancy to the mix. My GP seemed at a loss but I'll go back and ask her to refer me somewhere.

Ella, yes, I get similar tummy problems during my period and when my IBS flares up, I feel like its something to do with hormones. It puts me off eating and drinking too, and this time round I have my DD to look after and I'm scared to take her anywhere in case I get caught short!

I'm hoping someone will come along and tell us a magic cure!

EllaBella220 Sun 04-May-14 20:35:06

>>I'm hoping someone will come along and tell us a magic cure!<<

I really hope so too Chocolate x

I am already worried about what I'm going to do when the inevitable middle of the night run to the out of hours with the baby comes (as it most likely will at some stage) and how I'll get to all the baby appointments on time or what will happen if it strikes while I'm at an appointment with the baby on my own. It's head frying! I was on Mebeverine before pregnancy but not sure if I'll be able to take anything while breast feeding so that's another worry.

I also do what you do and don't eat anything if I know I have to go somewhere but at this stage I really can't keep doing that because I feel sick when I'm hungry. I can tell you that my IBS settled for a few weeks round about 8ish weeks and I had no problems until recently and am hoping it settles again.

Try not to eat the (really surprising) triggers like lettuce, tomatoes and too much ruffage as I have most definitely noticed an increase in the stomach problems when I was craving salads so much. I had to stop eating them sad

EllaBella220 Sun 04-May-14 20:38:18

Bump your condition sounds awful sad Am I right in thinking that with UC you can't take imodium to give yourself that break?

Chocolateporridge Sun 04-May-14 20:49:00

Ella, I should say, after my dd was born the diarrhoea stopped, well it just went back to flaring up occasionally with IBS or my period, so hopefully you'll feel alot better after your baby arrives smile

Lozmatoz Sun 04-May-14 21:42:56

I had diarrhoea for the first 3 months and figured out it seemed to be linked to milk, lactose intolerance I assume. Once I'd cut it out the diarrhoea and morning sickness was much better. I'm fine again with it now (20 weeks). Could you be asked to be tested for any intolerances you may have developed in pregnancy?

Bumpforme2014 Sun 04-May-14 22:04:11

Yes my condition is not pleasant but I am on medication which calms it down a lot, bit worried about third trimester as they don't like you on many meds at that point.

I am lactose intolerant so I would certainly avoid as much diary as you can to see if that helps. My cousin had diahorrea throughout second and third trimester as well with GPs not being able to give her anything so it can just be one of those things.

It's so annoying when people ask how your feeling and I'm like sickness gone, energy back but now I'm constantly stuck on the toilet, people think it's funny but it's really not :-(.

EllaBella220 Mon 05-May-14 16:50:31

Bump it's so hard to try to get through to people how badly affected you are with a bowel condition. It's not something that people really want to discuss much and when I say I can't go somewhere because my stomach is a bit off they look at me like I have 5 heads and just say there's a toilet in the place we're going. It's just not that easy, is it?

Chocolate....I absolutely agree with the dairy issue aswell. I had forgotten about that part but now that I read Loz and Bump's post I am reminded that I can't eat too much dairy in one go or it affects the IBS. I learned this by having a craving for cheese and crackers and a pint of ice cold milk one night then was up the whole night in awful pain. I can eat little bits every so often but not huge amounts. Oh and pizza is the devil!! The combination of cheese and tomato sauce makes for nightmares!

Chocolateporridge Mon 05-May-14 18:05:00

Thanks bump and Ella, I've taken you up on your tips and cut right back on dairy today and, it might be a coincidence, but so far today has been a much better day! Do you know if it's okay to eat soya products instead when you're pregnant? Sorry if that's a stupid question!

I find it ever so embarrassing to discuss with people when they ask how I've been keeping, I feel like they think I'm contagious or somethingblush

KeepOnKeepingOnAndOnAndOnAndOn Mon 05-May-14 18:07:35

I have had it a little and did with dd too xxx

Greenoes Mon 05-May-14 18:23:21

I had this with DS - weeks and weeks of horrendous diarrhoea but no morning sickness (every cloud, and all that!).
After 16 weeks of suffering (and very little skin left on my bum blush) I rang the early pregnancy unit to try to get help. Was told that I couldn't come into hospital with diarrhoea (they wouldn't listen that it wasn't infected diarrhoea, but pregnancy related, also weren't that bothered that I worked in the same hospital in the critical care dept as a nurse so didn't have a lot of choice but to be in the hospital with diarrhoea!)
Midwives not concerned that I weighed a stone less on the day before I gave birth than I had when I'd booked in angry/smile
Was absolutely fine after birth, always wondered if it would be the same in subsequent pregnancies but sadly, I've never found out.
Good luck! (And lots of sudocreme)

Chocolateporridge Wed 07-May-14 09:13:59

Things were going well, nearly two days of no dairy and nearly two days of no diarrhoea but yesterday afternoon I got all the horrible churning tummy and goosebumps and freezing and had to take myself off to bed, then spend the rest of the evening and some of this morning on the loo. I was so optimistic about the dairy thing, so perhaps I've eaten some without realising, will be super strict today and see how it goes.

EllaBella220 Wed 07-May-14 16:42:19

Chocolate I am also having to keep track of what I am eating as something is causing me some tummy issues too. I have been house bound all week because of it but I can't keep hiding at home because I'm afraid I'll need the loo when I go out!

Have you been eating too much ruffage recently? Too much veg and fruit can be as bad for you if you are suffering from IBS.

I haven't tried the B.R.A.T diet myself as it is too limiting for my liking but if you have to be places and are trying to keep the runs at bay then maybe it might help? Bananas, rice, applesauce and toast.

HeavenK76 Wed 07-May-14 19:12:36

hi ladies,

just a bit of my experiences of diarrhoea in pregnancy.
I'm pg with my 7th atm and had tummy issues with all pregnancies near the end usually but the last few days I got caught with a upset tummy again but this time I took some psyllium husk with water and honey, which really calmed it all down and now I can eat as normal again.
I do wanna make sure that I don't have issues outside pregnancies, ie. ibs or something and do check with your gp/mw etc. whether your ok with this, so you don't get any allergic reaction to this, but only to let you know that this really helped me with my tummy.
I was getting fed up eating toast and going to the loo with horrible cramps.
hth.

Chocolateporridge Wed 07-May-14 20:18:56

Thanks Ella and Heaven, I've been doing a bit of research and found that some some women, when they're pregnant, don't produce enough lactase which is the enzyme needed to digest lactose and it leads to lactose intolerance. It kind of makes sense, and there's apparently tablets that can help, as can acidophilus. I can't get an appointment with my doc for two weeks so I'm just going to continue being strict about not eating dairy, plus buy some acidophilus in the meantime. Here's hoping
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alita7 Wed 07-May-14 21:56:40

I haven't thrown up many times but I've had tonnes of diahorrea! I think it was my equivalent ms :p

frankiebuns Wed 07-May-14 22:42:46

My mum was like this hers was hormone related and actually so am I but not as bad I know week before period is due as I get diarroah and instantly knew I was pregnant when nothing happened, I'm 24 weeks and now get bouts of constipation and then chronic dirroreah and unfortunatly its the squits at the mo! Great timing as I'm on holiday! But dr thought it was ibs with me but I'm usually fine except for when I'm pregnant I wasn't to bad with ds but with dd my god its awful

Chocolateporridge Mon 12-May-14 19:31:52

Oh Frankie, you have my sympathies! Nearly a week of strict no dairy and no fruit here but I've only had one full diarrhoea free day, today has been particularly horrible. I'm starting to think it really is just hormones that's causing it, which is frustrating as there's nothing I can do and no warning of when it will happen confused

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