Just like other complaints, loose motions or diarrhea is one of the many symptoms of pregnancy.
Diarrhea can happen because:
- Due to hormonal changes, the digestive system slows down causing diarrhea in the first trimester.
- Some pregnant women become sensitive to the different foods they eat thus causing frequent loose motions
- Sometimes a viral or a bacterial infection leads to diarrhea
- Some Prenatal supplements can cause loose motions in some women
- Food poisoning due to eating contaminated food or water can cause a stomach upset and severe bouts of loose motions. This should be treated immediately by a doctor.
- Loose motions in the third trimester is very common. It can be a sign that you are approaching Labor. You could get loose motions just before you go into Labor or a couple of weeks before Labor starts. It is just a way for some women’s bodies to get ready for their baby’s birth.
Treating loose motions:
Loose motions during pregnancy should be treated immediately. It can lead to serious complications such as dehydration and loss of essential nutrients.
- In most cases diarrhea clears up in a few days.
- It is important that you stay hydrated – Have at least 8 – 10 glasses of water. Apart from this, consume juices, soups, buttermilk to replenish the lost electrolytes and body salts.
- Having ORS solution will also help.
- In case diarrhea doesn't clear up, please contact your doctor.
You can try some home remedies in case the severity and cause of the problem is not serious.
- In ayurveda, ginger is recommended as a treatment for diarrhea. Boil a piece of ginger in two cups of water. Steep it, reduce it to half and drink it.
- Drink Lemon and honey about 3-4 tablespoons through the day.
- Mix a tsp of lemon juice with half a tsp of ginger juice and black pepper powder
- Eat light foods that can be digested easily like apples, carrots, dry toast, crackers, yoghurt, khichdi, veg / chicken soup
- Avoid meats, spicy and fried foods, sweet and sugary foods, carbonated drinks and dairy products.
- Do not eat or drink in unhygienic places
- Stay away from roadside vendors
- Stay away from uncooked, raw foods like salads, fruits, juices, garnishing like coriander on food.
- Wash fruits and vegetables before consuming
- Go over your diet intake, list out the food items that cause loose motions.
- Change your prenatal supplements in case they do not suit you.
- Eat iron rich foods to cover up any deficiency
- If you get loose motions, remember to stay hydrated by consuming sufficient fluids.
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