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IBS in Pregnancy(16 Posts)
I also suffer with IBS badly and used to take just about everything to try and calm down an attack. I find that I have boughts of IBS where for a few weeks I have it pretty much constant and then I don't have it for a little while and so on and so on. I haven't taken any medication at all for it whilst being pregnant as was advised not to and have found it difficult. Whilst waiting for my 20 week scan I had an attack for IBS in the waiting room, was horrible but managed to get through it. Maybe try relaxtion techniques before ur hospital appointments and make it as stressfree as possible and be as organised as possible. I have found this helps a lot as mine too is caused by stress and anxiety.
I had IBS for years but after being dismissed by my GP on more than one occasion I paid for food intolerance testing. Turned out I had a milk intolerance. The symptoms stopped within days of stopping drinking milk or eating any dairy. I know how bad it can be and stress makes it even worse just wondered if this is something you gave had checked. I know there are many reasons for IBS but it's worth looking at if you haven't already. My GP just gave my tablets and peppermint oil capsules and sent me on my way without much investigation.
I'm not sure what else you could take but maybe look into holistic remedies. Hope you find something that works for you.
My story is the same as Scotmum83
I was told I had IBS as well as a borderline anxiety disorder, and my GP was pretty much useless. After 18 months of hell I went to see a counsellor who straightened out my brain for me, kinda, and I had a food intolerance test. As long as I don't eat yeast my symptoms are perfectly manageable or, if I'm lucky, not there! The food test out me back about £50 and was worth ten times as much. Check a local health food shop to find someone who does them.
Good luck and I hope you can get it sorted out soon
I have IBS but constipation based. 36+2 and it all types of stomach hell because the consultant took me off movicol, buscopan and mebeverine since I was 5 weeks pregnant. I'm "surviving" (not) on Lactulose and fybrogel which, for me, is as pointless as a chocolate fireplace. 19 days and counting until ELCS.
Ella - interesting how all the docs say different things. My consultant obstetrician has been adamant all along I shouldn't! It's packed in my hospital bag though!
I have IBS as well. Ive taken gluten and wheat out of my diet to see if that helps and I know I might be intolerant to dairy as well though I've never been tested. Mine also gets worse with anxiety, so every little ache, pain and cramp I fell, I panic because I cant at the moment tell the difference between my IBS and pregnancy cramps.
I was on mebeverine, plus Imodium for particularly bad days. One doctor told me not to take mebeverine, another said it would be ok, so I erred on side of caution and stopped them before getting pregnant. I think they both said not to take Imodium.
However, I've found that my IBS has been ok since being pregnant - I've been constipated which is the opposite to my usual problem! But a couple of days of lactulose sorted that out. My main food triggers are dairy, so I've tried to be much better at avoiding that (I use soya instead), coffee (switched to decaf anyway) and alcohol (no more of that either. Obviously ).
I know that you said your IBS was anxiety based, but are you also keeping a food diary to see if anything in particular triggers your attacks? And are you getting any help for your anxiety?
I've had IBS from time to time in my life. I actually found that once the first tri passed my digestive tract was the calmest it's ever been in my life. Breast feeding also continued the calm. I've always had the worst attacks just before my period so female hormones do seem to come into it. It might be the case for some of you as well but it takes some time for the anxiety side of it to ease off. For the apmts try to see if what you feel is being caused by a physical digestive upset or the fear that it may occur, you might be surprised like I was to find pregnancy calmed IBS.
Ella, pregnancy is a great excuse to be needing to find a loo, no one has to know why. Once you have a bit of a baby bump, or you're going to a pregnancy related apmt no one will think anything unusual about you looking for a toilet. You could still be nauseous, you might need to pee often, it could be IBS related but that won't be anyone's first guess. Try to relax and enjoy a time when you can walk into anyplace and immediately seek out the nearest toilet, no one will think anything is abnormal and this will help put your mind at ease. You can even say its the pregnancy if it makes you feel better.
ellabella I feel your pain!! I suffer with anxiety related ibs and the thought of having to use the toilet when out makes me anxious therefore makes me need the loo. I have had time off work as at one stage the journey to work was filled with panic attacks "what if I need the loo".
I have had CBT, hypnotherapy, food exclusions, depression meds but I now take proprananol, a beta blocker. It's brilliant! I take quite a high dose. Maybe for after the pregnancy you could look into it?
Me and DH had decided to try for a baby and I have to say I was releived when my period came as the thought of body changes, food intake needing to change, appointments to attend filled me with fear - when I had a positive test result I cried because I was sad/scared.
DS is now 8 weeks old and I coped REALY well in pregnancy. I made small changes to diet gradually (hello - I now way fruit!) and appointments got easer. Then when I had to go to hospital for rushed baby checks I didn't even think about my ibs. I had to have an EMCS and was on hospital monitors all day before and I didn't bat an eyelid.
The beta blockers are fab but come with risk of low birth weight . I was monitored every month with a growth scan and was rd to expect a 7lb baby. Unfortunately baby was 4lb 15oz which was a shock but very healthy (thank god). I think next time I'll be monitored weekly !
I'm not sure my post will help with you now, but hopefully u can see there is something that can be done and it's good to know that others have the same anxieties.
I very limited now but trying to get out wth the baby, even had lunch out yesterday something I haven't done for years. Good luck x
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