About IBS and Pregnancy

This is all about IBS AND PREGNANCY, advice on diet, lifestyle and natural options for your Irritable Bowel Syndrome whilst pregnant.

But first.....


Its mean't to be such a happy time, but is it good for your IBS?

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We know Irritable Bowel Syndrome can be influenced by HORMONES and there are certainly a lot of them floating around in your blood stream when you're pregnant!

During a woman’s normal menstrual cycle there are sometimes changes in symptoms, particularly nearing or during your period.

In pregnancy this is equally true, particularly constipation which can lead on to haemorrhoids as well.

On the other hand, diarrhea sufferers might see an improvement.

FATIGUE and bloating along with nausea are common particularly during the first trimester or first 14 weeks.

Mood changes are also common along with frequent urination (and they say being pregnant is wonderful?). 

So, if you're affected, what can you do about it? 

Drugs should be avoided if at all possible, so a more natural approach is the best way forward...

Dealing With IBS and Pregnancy

1) Make sure that you keep active - constipation can improve by keeping active.

2 Make sure you have a good fluid intake - particularly fresh water and juices which will help with constipation symptoms.

3) Pay attention to diet - his is a natural way of helping symptoms, without need for medications.

4) Ginger is a natural treatment for nausea and may help with your symptoms.

Ginger biscuits or chewing a ginger root is probably the best option along with Ginger tea which you can purchase by clicking here

5) In constipation - try to follow a high fibre diet or if this makes symptoms worse, a low residue diet.

6) Iron tablets should be avoided, if possible, in IBS-C as they are constipating. A discussion with your doctor is important.

Pregnancy Improves Diarrhea?

Diarrhoea is often IMPROVED in pregnancy, which makes sense as we know constipation is almost a normal feature.

Taking Iron tablets, when advised to by your doctor for anaemia, may also improve diarrhea symptoms.

Natural Herbal Medicines

Herbal medicines can sometimes help with symptoms.

I've mentioned the qualities of ginger as an antisickness medication, but there are other options that may help:

Peppermint Tea

This tea can be used in both Irritable Bowel Syndrome and pregnancy. It has both abdominal pain and wind relieving qualities which makes it an ideal option. It also helps with indigestion and nausea too. We have discussed elsewhere it use as a Mintec or Colpermin, but the tea is probably your best option with your pregnancy. You can purchase your traditional peppermint tea here.

Fennel tea 

Fennel is a tea or seed that tastes of aniseed. It has pain relieving qualities if you have wind or colicky cramps. You can purchase your Fennel tea by clicking here.

Chamomile Tea

A nice and relaxing tea, this is ideal at bedtime as it aids sleep and also eases abdominal aches and pains. It is also quite good if you feel bloated. An ideal product for pregnant women is Chamomile herbal tea which you can purchase here.

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