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Terrible digestive problems first trimester. Is this normal???

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Rosamond35 Fri 26-May-17 22:32:14


Really hoping some of you nice ladies can offer some reassurance. I'm pregnant for the first time, currently 9 weeks, and having an absolute nightmare with nausea and digestive issues! Ive only been sick a couple of times, but almost constantly struggling with either major bloating, burping, indigestion, crazy hunger pains which also lead to heaves, or a combination of any of the above! I'm having to eat every 2-3 hours or I feel terrible, but having loads of food aversions which is making eating a real chore and most of the time I'm trying to shovel something down purely to stop the waves of nausea. Even drinking a glass of water makes my tummy swell up like a balloon. Toilet trips have slowed right down which probably isn't helping either. I know hormones can affect digestive transit at this stage, but am really taken aback by the extremity of how I'm feeling. Is this normal? I do sometimes have issues with indigestion and bloating anyway, particularly when eating lots of white carbs, but at the moment white carbs are some of the few things I can eat so cutting back really not an option.

Is this something I will have to put up with for the next couple of months or should I be discussing with my doctor? It's been going on a few weeks now and I'm so fed up with it. Any advice would be massively appreciated.

theclick Fri 26-May-17 22:42:10

I had the bloating, I drank A LOT of water to help, as well as fibre like weetabix and bran flakes.

Rosamond35 Fri 26-May-17 22:45:25

I have discovered I can eat weetabix at the moment so perhaps that will help! I honestly feel like water is making it worse - it's definitely food related rather than water retention. My stomach feels like it does when I've started taking antibiotics...

JohnLapsleyParlabane Fri 26-May-17 22:45:43

Yep. Been there. Nothing worked for me except for actually having the baby.

Rosamond35 Fri 26-May-17 22:46:59

Christ - was it constant across all trimesters? Hideous.

Foggymist Sat 27-May-17 00:39:23

Yup, normal.

NCforCake Sat 27-May-17 00:42:32

Also check to see if you're lactose intolerant now. I was as a child but mostly was alright as a late teen/adult. As soon as I got pregnant, it came back worse than ever - have to take lactase pills if I consume any more dairy than the milk I put in tea.

leanandgreen Sat 27-May-17 11:53:33

I had this really bad from conception until about week 14-16. Now I just suffer from bloating after eating but that's much more tolerable.

When I was suffering I found it very frustrating because my MW kept on telling me that it was a stomach bug!

Oysterbabe Sat 27-May-17 12:20:19

Yes all normal. It's such a magical time.

The only things I want to eat are bread, chips and supernoodles. Bread makes the bloating a lot worse though. I can live on supernoodles for another month or so right?

Last time it all eased off at about 14 weeks and I was fine for the rest of the pregnancy.

newmummyagain Sat 27-May-17 12:21:01

Yes it can be unfortunately. Also if you're taking pregnancy multi vitamins it can slow you down a bit. I know it's hard to work around food cravings/aversions (believe me I do!) try and eat and more veg. The less bloated you feel the less sick in my experience. It usually gets better in time.

Rosamond35 Sat 27-May-17 12:42:41

Thanks everyone. I never thought that morning sickness would be like this but weirdly glad it's not just me! I am actually starting to go off bread so will try and build more veg and salad into things.

mamahibou Sat 27-May-17 18:53:46

I was the exact same. Except with the runs too. Still being sick at 28 weeks with my first. 16 with my second. I found that cold water or cold juice really made me nauseous. Still struggle now. Fuzzy water really helped for some reason and every so often, bizarrely a can of full fat coke. Think sugar and fizz just settled my stomach. I found eating little and often worked. If people put food in front of me I could generally eat it but if I had to think about it it made me heave. Lots of white rice and lemon & pepper chicken, those cracker crisps, Oatcakes & cheese crackers, i second noodles/pot noodles. And I am a person who lived fruit & veg pre-pregnancy. Good luck OP

mamahibou Sat 27-May-17 18:54:15

Fizzy not fuzzy!

mamahibou Sat 27-May-17 18:56:06

Also ginger snaps & digestive biscuits. Toast & butter. Pita bread and butter toasted. I found the drier a food the easier my life. Also ended up sucking on hard boiled sweets throughout the day as this seemed to settle things a bit.

mintich Sat 27-May-17 19:11:55

Yup, I had it my whole pregnancy unfortunately!

Mymouthgetsmeintrouble Sat 27-May-17 19:15:30

Ive had hyperemesis in all my pregnancies and awful toilet troubles all the way through the only cure for me is giving birth

HalfCarrot Sat 27-May-17 19:26:19


BrexitSucks Sat 27-May-17 19:29:19

yeah, I just hated all food. The food I could eat wasn't actually high calibre or recommended. For me got better as pg went on.

I became lactose intolerant which wasn't really fun.

Topseyt Sat 27-May-17 19:30:27

For me it was the dreaded heartburn, for all three pregnancies, for the whole duration.

Rosamond35 Sat 27-May-17 19:54:11

I normally love food. I never imagined eating could be such a chore. I'm actually wondering if it will change my relationship with food forever. I can't picture the day when I can smell toast again without wanting to heave.

I also keep craving ice cold beer which is annoying. I'm not even a big

Rosamond35 Sat 27-May-17 19:55:50


HalfCarrot Sat 27-May-17 19:56:08

Yeah I want beer too. Thanks, body.

Don't worry, you'll recover once the baby's out. You'll have no genitals left to speak of, but you'll be able to eat toast.

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