is diarrhea during pregnancy dangerous?

(September 15, 2011)

What causes diarrhea during early pregnancy?

Diarrhea during early pregnancy is not as common or as widespread as constipation or morning sickness, but you could indeed suffer from this affliction too. This can be quite a serious problem, as uncontrolled diarrhea leads to dehydration and perhaps even loss of nutrients, which could affect the growth of your baby. 

Causes of diarrhea during early pregnancy
There could be several different factors because of which you could suffer from diarrhea during early pregnancy. Given below are some of the causes of diarrhea during early pregnancy:

Consumption of contaminated food or water, which leads to food poisoning 
Development of food intolerances or allergies
Dietary changes, as you start eating a higher amount of healthy foods like fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, beans, cereals, dairy products, and so on. 
Hormonal fluctuations, which start right at the earlier stages 
Increase in the intake of water and other healthy fluids 
Infections caused by bacteria, viruses or other harmful parasites 
Labor or premature labor 

Some of the causes for diarrhea during early pregnancy can be quite serious and should be treated by a doctor right away. Therefore, you should waste no time in contacting your health care provider in case you suffer from diarrhea during any stage of your pregnancy. 

Submitted by N on September 15, 2011 at 12:32

Dangerous Diarrhea During Pregnancy

Diarrhea during pregnancy is a very common problem that can be greatly reduced or even eliminated without the use of medication. In most cases of diarrhea, it is important to treat the root cause of the problem in order to eliminate this condition. However, Diarrhea during pregnancy is generally caused by the changes in the woman’s hormonal levels and so the root cause cannot be treated. However there are several steps that you can take to decrease the severity of this condition. Diarrhea during pregnancy result in secondary medical conditions that may affect both the mother and her baby and so it is important to bring it to the notice of a doctor or health care provider.

Diarrhea during pregnancy is also affected by the foods you eat and so it is important to follow a healthy diet. Unfortunately, hormonal changes in your body may also trigger food cravings which could include a craving for spicy foods. It is important to avoid all spicy foods while you are pregnant and instead consume wholesome foods. This does not mean that your dishes have to be bland; you will just have to use alternate methods to add taste to your food. For example, you can add a generous amount of lemon juice to your foods and instead of using spices to add taste to your dishes, you can just add additional vegetables to increase flavor. You can use lemon juice and processed honey as a salad dressing instead of dusting it with pepper powder. Make sure that you only use processed honey as raw honey can contain certain bacterial spores that can cause a condition called botulism in infants. While most research suggests that this condition only affects babies that have been directly fed raw honey, most doctors suggest that pregnant women avoid using raw honey as far as possible. You can also add chopped tomatoes, bell peppers, baby corn, carrots, and mushrooms to your dishes to make it more flavorful. You can also add small quantities of low-fat cheese to your salads to give it a rich creamy taste.

Pregnant women who suffer from diarrhea should also make sure that they consume plenty of fruits and vegetables. This is because these foods have a high fiber and high fluid content which helps to bind fecal matter and reduce diarrhea. You can have a fruit plate in the morning and have a large serving of salad along with your lunch. You can also talk to your doctor about Psyllium husk supplements. Psyllium husk is the husk from psyllium seeds and contains several types of fiber which makes it an ideal remedy for diarrhea during pregnancy.  

Submitted by P T on July 14, 2010 at 03:44

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