Doctors consider diarrhea to be three or more loose, watery bowel movements in a day. Persistent diarrhea can lead to dehydration and malnutrition. During pregnancy, this can harm the woman and the fetus, and pregnant women with severe or lasting diarrhea should seek immediate medical attention.
When should I be worried about diarrhea during pregnancy?
When to seek treatment. Prolonged diarrhea can cause dehydration. If your diarrhea lasts more than two or three days, call your doctor. Severe dehydration causes pregnancy complications.
Is diarrhea normal in early pregnancy?
Sometimes hormones can cause your digestive process to slow down, and at times that can lead to diarrhea. Every pregnant woman has these hormonal changes, but some will experience diarrhea early in their pregnancy from those changes.
What is safe for diarrhea during pregnancy?
If you’re having bad diarrhea, I recommend taking either a kaolin-and-pectin- (Kaopectate) or loperamide- (Imodium) type medication. Otherwise you could become seriously dehydrated and put your baby at risk.
What foods cause diarrhea during pregnancy?
“Simple” high-sugar drinks (apple and grape juice, gelatin, regular colas and other soft drinks), which can draw water into your tummy, making diarrhea last even longer. Fatty and fried foods. Gas-causing fruits and vegetables, such as beans, broccoli, peas, prunes and chickpeas.
Why do I poop a lot during pregnancy?
A lot of times this is triggered by an increase in fiber intake, or more specifically, eating more vegetables and leafy greens. Good for you if you’ve increased your healthy food intake during pregnancy!
Can pooping too hard hurt the baby?
“Straining won’t harm the baby, but it can lead to hemorrhoids and anal fissures which can be very painful and uncomfortable for mom,” says Dr. Hamilton. Although not a serious health risk, hemorrhoids can be quite painful.