Not all women suffer from this disease during pregnancy and it is difficult to treat after its onset. There is no fixed period for its occurrence as it can affect in first, mid or the last trimester. If there is blood or mucus in the stool, it can be more threatening and complicated than normal type disorder. Constipation is a common problem in expectant moms but diarrhea can also attack without giving any ultimatum. Luckily its prevention is possible by following a healthy lifestyle and proper diet.
The factor mostly associated with diarrhea is overeating or wrong dietary habits. Cut the amount of food to as low as you safely can without posing any threat to the baby who needs continuous nourishment for his fast growth.
Foods that can be taken in moderate amountare many. Here a basic list of them is given:
- Rice with oatmeal
- Cottage cheese
- Wheat porridge
- Corn flakes
- Meat boiled, or minced
- Multi-grain bread
- Bread made with whole wheat
- All fiber-soluble foods
Fluids in the form of:
- Milk shake prepared with banana, apple or chocolate shake
- Herbal tea with blackberry leaves, chamomile etc. or commercially prepared coarse powdered formula cooked in boiling water.
- Rehydrating solutions such as, Gatorade
But care should be taken if any of the above foods behaves aggressively for maternal health and baby’s well-being. It better be skipped when there is an irritation or negative output.
Prohibited foods: Constipation relieving edibles must also be avoided that include:
- Guava especially with seeds
- Oranges, tangerine
- Apricots fresh or dried
- Nimko (fried spicy snack made with gram flour)
- Potatoes, French fries
- White-flour products
- gram flour curry
- Fritters especially stuffed with vegetables
- Dairy, plain milk
- Rich starchy foods
- Desserts with a high sugar content
- Greasy and fried snacks
A strict diet plan is the main cure along with medical assistance. Eat only when you have appetite. Take extra calories for little creature also but not overdo. Have a check at the food portions you get at every meal. Being pregnant does not imply having a diet like giants in the name of feeding your baby. It’s as harmful now as in normal days. Enough spacing between two meals is also suggested. Sometimes you may be only on a liquid or fluid diet with no solid things to keep your stomach at rest if the ailment is stubborn and persists for more than a week.
Antibiotics and drugs are prescribed for this treatment only when the condition is not controllable with diet. Vitamin B6 supplements, antihistamines, dimenhydrinate, meclizine and diphenydramine relieve nausea, vomiting and related disturbances. Consult your physician to determine if the cause is high-potency drugs or strong antibiotics. Try herbal formula instead or ask the doctor to replace the medicines that have fairly minimal side-effects.
Stay stress-free because mental tension can lead to increased intestinal motility and poor digestion among sensitive people. A morning walk or evening stroll can keep the mind fresh and prevent any regurgitation of the ingested foods. Proper rest is necessary. A light relaxation therapy is a wonderful way to stay calm. Breathing exercises like yoga and meditation under the supervision of an instructor are excellent practices for overall fitness of both the mother and the fetus. Aroma therapy can also reduce dizziness and sooth the nerves if taken every morning and evening.