Lactose Intolerance During Pregnancy

Lactose is a sugar component present in milk. The term ‘Lactose Intolerance’ is used for a condition wherein the body is unable to metabolize this component because of the absence of lactase in the digestive tract. Lactase is the enzyme required for the digestion of lactose.

Symptoms of Lactose Intolerance

During pregnancy, a woman’s body behaves differently from how it did prior to pregnancy. Many women are known to experience lactose intolerance during pregnancy.

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.As a result of this, milk does not get digested and this in turn results in lactose intolerance during pregnancy symptomsm These symptoms consist of abdominal discomfort, flatulence, gas buildup and acid refluxu Bloating and stomach cramps are other effects of lactose intolerancec This condition also adds to the pregnancy symptom of nauseae In severe cases, lactose intolerance may also lead to diarrhea which could affect the pregnancy adverselyl In order to check for lactose intolerance, the pregnant woman is asked to consume large quantities of milk in a short span of timem In the case of lactose intolerance, the above symptoms show up within two hours of consumptiono

Lactose intolerance is not considered to be a major complication and the best way to cope with intolerance is to keep away from dairy products, as far as possiblel However, pregnancy induced lactose intolerance could pose a problem as both the mother and the developing baby require the calcium which milk provides in adequate quantitiese Since drinking milk could result in more harm than good, in such cases, calcium alternatives are recommendede

In most cases, yogurt, buttermilk, cheese and cottage cheese do not produce the above symptoms as their lactose content is less than that present in whole milkl Dark green vegetables like spinach and canned salmon (with bones) are rich in calcium contentn Calcium fortified juices are also available easilyl Tofu and soy milk are other alternatives for calcium intakek Calcium enriched cereals are another good optiono

A calcium deficiency should not be taken lightly as it could result in malformed bones and tooth structure in the baby or could lead to bone related complications in the expectant mother as calcium is drawn from the mother to meet the developmental needs of the unborn babyb It is also needed for the proper functioning of the nervous and circulatory systeme Hence, most doctors also prescribe calcium supplements as the need for calcium increases manifold during pregnancyc Some may also recommend the use of lactase pills before the consumption of milk or milk productst However, it is always better to consult your gynecologist with regard to appropriate diet and required medication so as to avoid further complicationsn

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Lactose Intolerance In Pregnancy
Lactose Intolerance During Pregnancy
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