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Tips for Combating the Squits While Pregnant, Please!

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MarjoryStewartBaxter Thu 18-Jun-15 09:16:23

Apologies if "the squits" is crude, I can never spell the proper medical term correctly grin

27 weeks and have caught rotavirus from DS. His and DH's lasted about 5 days each so am hopefully in the final throes, but am sick of making emergency loo trips every 15 mins. I know immodium is a no no, is there anything else I can take remedies wise?

Hellolemonade Thu 18-Jun-15 10:45:49

I'm pretty sure immodium is fine..though I'd go to a pharmacist and get the non-branded stuff which is a fraction of the price and just as good. You can try upset stomach tablets from asda (don't know any other places that sell them) but they just contain kaolin and calcium carbonate - but might not be strong enough for bad diarreah. I'd think taking medicine is preferable to getting badly dehydrated in any case.

MarjoryStewartBaxter Thu 18-Jun-15 11:35:56

Ooh that's interesting on the Immodium HelloLemonade, thank you. We've got a good pharmacy locally so will give them a bell and make a speedy dash out to them when I feel safe to leave the proximity of the loo for more than 10 mins!

MarjoryStewartBaxter Thu 18-Jun-15 12:05:35

Pharmacy said they wouldn't sell immodium to me over the counter and would need to see GP. Fat chance of getting an appointment at this time so back to the drawing board sad

gnoomi Thu 18-Jun-15 12:11:56

I've got erm 'issues' following my first pregnancy, so have checked this out with my consultant: immodium is a no go, the recommended thing (with warnings about foetal addiction) is codeine (co-codamol). A pharmacist is unlikely to give you this without a prescription though.

MarjoryStewartBaxter Thu 18-Jun-15 12:52:44

flowers gnoomi hope you're getting the issues sorted.

I used to take low dose coedine when I had flare ups of ulcerative colitis years ago, completely forgot about that (baby brain).

Think I'll tough it out for today and if I'm still going to the loo as much tomorrow will see if I can get a telephone appointment with the GP. If it's not out of date I think I have some codeine from last time so might get away without having to leave the house if she says it's ok!

Hellolemonade Thu 18-Jun-15 14:39:08

Oh no, what a pain! I must admit I've taken loperamide a couple of time since being pregnant - i had it in the house and checked the packet and it didnt say do not take when pregnant.... How about diaralyte? - not sure the spelling - that won't stop it, but prevents you from getting dehydrated. Hope you find something!

TallGiraffes Thu 18-Jun-15 20:31:12

Imodium is not ok I'm afraid, according to the specialist pregnancy and drugs service at our hospital anyway.

Hope you feel better soon OP

MarjoryStewartBaxter Thu 18-Jun-15 20:56:59

Am chugging the rehydration salts Hello smile Still going at least once an hour but hopefully some of it is getting into my system!

Thanks Tall: is that service a public facing one or is it for internal staff?

pickleandflux Thu 18-Jun-15 21:59:50

Try marshmallows - a good "natural" remedy!

TallGiraffes Thu 18-Jun-15 22:08:56

It's accessible internally I'm afraid, but I'm pretty sure anyone within the trust can ring it, so if a patient has a particular query their midwife / GP can ring through for specialist advice.

SnozzberryPie Thu 18-Jun-15 22:09:28

I don't think you can have immodium. Just drink lots of water and when you are able to eat solid food stick to plain things like rice or toast to start with.

MarjoryStewartBaxter Fri 19-Jun-15 07:56:04

Thanks all smile I've woken up feeling much better than I did yesterday so am going to have a nibble on some toast and see how I get on!

Skiptonlass Fri 19-Jun-15 12:09:34

Don't take Imodium! Loperamide is a no no.

I do t think there's a public drug/ poisons hotline like there is in some countries but call your local pharmacy if you need to check out a drug, they have access to their own databases.

Unfortunately, there's not much you can do to stop the actual runny tummy, you need to concentrate on preventing dehydration. Rehydration salts, or if you've none in the house, a pint of water with a tablespoon of sugar and half a teaspoon of salt in will do. Any high fever, see a doc immediately.

It does suck not being able to take stuff - I've got a rotten chest bug. Probably viral, sod all I can do about it and it's flattened me.

MarjoryStewartBaxter Fri 19-Jun-15 15:57:56

It's rubbish not being able to take anything isn't it SkiptonLass? Hope you feel better soon flowers

It seems to be coming to and end, still off work and feeling rubbish but not running to the loo every half an hour which is a bonus!

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