IBS During Pregnancy
Could irritable bowel syndrome put baby at risk? Answers your biggest questions about IBS during pregnancy.
What’s the best way to treat IBS during pregnancy?
It varies from person to person, so you might have to do some troubleshooting. If certain foods trigger your IBS, avoid them. Eat regular meals, drink plenty of fluids and get exercise, all to help your colon function well.
Metamucil, an over-the-counter fiber supplement, is often used to fight constipation from IBS; it’s also considered safe during pregnancy. If you’re on other meds for IBS, talk to your doc. He’ll help you decide how best to manage your IBS and your pregnancy.
Some moms believe that stress-reduction techniques such as meditation and yoga decrease the number of uncomfortable IBS episodes they get.
What can I do to prevent IBS?
You can’t really prevent the disease, but you can try to prevent uncomfortable episodes. Maintaining a normal eating and exercise routine, avoiding trigger foods and using a fiber supplement as ordered can help control your symptoms, as can avoiding stress.
What do other pregnant moms do when they have IBS?
“I have IBS and went off my medication as soon as I found out I was pregnant. Since then, my stomach spasms have become so much worse. I spoke with my doctor, and he said there's really nothing I can do for myself over the next seven months. So that's been a real struggle.”
“I've had IBS for the past six years and have done a pretty good job keeping it in check, but since getting pregnant, I’ve been really uncomfortable -- stomach and lower abdominal cramps in the mornings, loose BM (sorry TMI) and crazy bloated belly.”
Are there any other resources for IBS?
National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse
Plus, more from The Bump:
Diarrhea During Pregnancy
Constipation During Pregnancy
Gas During Pregnancy
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