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Diarrhea During Pregnancy

While morning sickness has become a recognized problem for women in the early stages of pregnancy, less attention has been devoted to the problem of diarrhea during pregnancy. The changes in a woman’s body occurring during early pregnancy can often encourage the appearance of diarrhea as well, most likely because of powerful hormonal fluctuations. What are those changes, and how should you deal with diarrhea during pregnancy?

Pregnancy Brings Changes Can Cause Diarrhea?

You might develop lactose intolerance during the early stages of pregnancy and this can lead to a variety of digestive problems. Logically, the occurrence of digestive problems can trigger diarrhea. If you find yourself being unable to tolerate lactose, you must seek out alternate sources of calcium, especially while you’re feeding for two.

You may cultivate unusual cravings during early pregnancy, even for items that aren’t usually considered “healthful” or may be very sour or salty. If repeated cravings motivate odd dietary changes, those changes can also lead to diarrhea. For example, no one should eat half a dozen pickles at one sitting nor should they mix ice cream with salsa and chips. Such odd “snacks” may satisfy some inner urge but they aren’t necessarily healthful.

Diarrhea at any stage of pregnancy, however, needs to be treated with an appropriate level of concern. Severe diarrhea can lead to dehydration. Such dehydration can pose a real danger to both you and your growing baby.

If you develop diarrhea in the early stages of pregnancy, you should make hydration a priority. Start by putting forth extra effort to drink plenty of fluids, preferably fluids containing plenty of vitamins and minerals to help restore your normal metabolite levels.

If you experience diarrhea during pregnancy, you should also make changes so you can start having normal bowel movements again. To accomplish this, eat foods encouraging greater binding within your intestines. Steamed brown or wild rice is one such food. Bananas are another food that may increase binding in the intestines. Too much binding, however, might cause you to face a different problem—constipation (which occupies the other end of the “bowel movement spectrum” so to speak than diarrhea).

Diarrhea in the Later Stages of Pregnancy – Risk Factors

In the later stages of pregnancy, your body has probably adapted to any moderate modifications in dietary and hormonal patterns. That does not mean you’re guaranteed never to encounter the symptoms of diarrhea during pregnancy. Be aware—the appearance of diarrhea in the later stages of pregnancy can present a serious health concern. As the baby’s expected delivery date approaches, diarrhea can cause you to begin premature labor.

Virus or Parasite

If tests show a bacterium or parasite has caused your diarrhea, you should consult with your healthcare provider about appropriate treatment. If tests indicate the diarrhea has been caused by food poisoning or viruses, you can help your body return to its normal state by avoiding questionable food sources and sticking to healthful, organic foods.

Bad Foods

Stay away from highly processed foods and especially fast foods, as they may be undercooked, spoiled, or contain bacteria from being handled by multiple people (some of which may not wash their hands all the time), or not being stored properly. Take advantage of your term to implement health-minded strategies such as purchasing only locally grown or organic, fresh fruits and vegetables, lean cuts of meat (preferably fish and poultry and not beef, pork, etc.)., drinking large amounts of purified water, exercising often, and getting plenty of rest with little breaks throughout your day and at night.

Artificial Sweeteners

You might want to recall when you last ingested an artificial sweetener. Some women exhibit a marked reaction to manufactured sweeteners during the later stages of their pregnancy, which often precipitates the onset of diarrhea.

Constipation

Not all symptoms of diarrhea happen just the same for all women. Some mothers-to-be complain about watery diarrhea. Ironically, watery diarrhea can form when you become constipated because that can lead to fecal impaction. That fecal impaction then causes diarrhea during pregnancy because your body is trying to get the waste out any way it can, even if that means it has to “flow” around a physical obstruction.

Iron Supplements

The binding power of iron, a supplement taken often by pregnant women, can aggravate your constipation symptoms. Even in non-pregnant individuals, iron supplements can lead to this aggravating digestive dilemma. It’s best to obtain as much of your nutritional needs from dietary sources. You can also complement an organic menu with a high quality liquid multi-vitamin such as IntraMAX™. A liquid vitamin supplement is best because it’s far more absorbable by your body than the pill form.

How Do You Avoid Diarrhea During Pregnancy?

So what foods should you eat when you have diarrhea during pregnancy and you want to get rid of it? Start with high fiber foods to get your intestinal muscles moving. As mentioned, drink plenty of purified water to hydrate your system and nourish your baby’s developing brain and nervous system. Adopt an organic lifestyle concerning the foods you eat and the environments in which you are willing to place yourself (and your child). Treat everything as slightly suspect and don’t eat, drink, or be exposed to anything you wouldn’t be willing to give to a human being weighing less than 10 pounds!

Organic Colon Cleansing

You can also try a colon cleansing supplement like Oxy-Powder® for a natural alternative to laxatives or enemas to encourage normal bowel movement activity. Oxy-Powder® contains natural oxides and peroxides of magnesium, organic germanium-132, and citric acid—that’s it! Those minerals react to the hydrochloric acid in your stomach to catalyze an oxygen generating action that liquefies compacted waste matter so you can get rid of it easily. The presence of oxygen in the GI tract can also lead to a healthier colon overall since your internal organs need plenty of oxygen to carry out their various functions.

Dietary changes can often put an end to diarrhea during pregnancy and diarrhea in a woman who is breastfeeding, but these improvements are to no avail if they aren’t consistently practiced. For example, you shouldn’t drink organic foods and purified water for most of the week and then binge on hot dogs, candy, and colas when you go see a movie on the weekend.

Diarrhea during pregnancy can be a reminder about the key role fluids play in your body. These fluids deliver the vital nutrients feeding your growing baby. This is why dehydration caused by diarrhea is of such great concern. Diarrhea in a breastfeeding mother is equally alarming. You must drink plenty of liquids so you can produce a constant and adequate supply of nourishing breastmilk.

All breastfeeding mothers should maintain a proper balance of metabolites, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other essential resources. Your baby receives a portion of what you consume, good or bad, so the better you take care of yourself the more likely your child will thrive as well. Literally, you should treat your body as a temple—for your child, it’s both a life-giving womb internally and a protective barrier to the outside world.

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