Pregnancy and Digestion
Digestive issues are common in pregnant women. But how does pregnancy and digestion relate to your IBS during that time?
Many pregnant women experience bloating, nausea, morning sickness, acid reflux and changes in bowel habits.
This makes things tough to narrow down, plus the research just isn’t there.
Research of Pregnancy and IBS
Research is slim to be quite honest.
But I still fear for the day I want to have kids and having to deal with IBS while pregnant.
I’ve had many pregnant women tell me that they have horrible acid reflux/heart burn, something I already experience daily!
This is because it’s tough to pinpoint how IBS affects pregnant women.
Since a lot of these women experience digestive issues during pregnancy, it’s hard to say if it’s the IBS or typical symptoms, or even a mixture of both.
From experience, I know that menstrual cycles can make IBS worse, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if IBS had the same affect on pregnancy.
Treating IBS During Pregnancy
My best recommendation is to consult your doctor! There are many limitations during this time when it comes to medications, foods, etc.
Many treatments for IBS have not been tested on pregnant women, so it’s best to avoid them.
You don’t want to take any risks at all for you or your baby.
aboutibs.org recommends making some small dietary changes like increasing fiber if you have IBS-D (diarrhea) or reducing gas-causing foods to reduce bloating and discomfort.
While the information on this subject is light, I feel that keeping your doctor in the loop for every little change during this time is the most ideal option.
Amazing Products Made For Pregnancy (and help with IBS)
Hot Water Bottles For Pregnancy and Digestion
madeformums.com warns us about hot tubs and saunas for pregnant women, those are a huge NO NO!
However, a small hot water bottle with a cover on it is perfect for abdominal discomfort and isn’t big enough to rise internal temperatures in pregnant women.
This Fashy hot water bottle comes with the cutest fleece cover to avoid any burning on the skin.
A very cozy product with a great purpose!
Pregnancy Bath Salts
Relaxing bath flakes made specifically for pregnant women.
These are great for combating typical pregnancy side effects, plus some IBS symptoms!
Stress can make Irritable Bowel Syndrome worse, relaxation is important, especially during pregnancy.
Tea For Mommys To Be!
Yogi makes a special blend of teas just for pregnant women.
This blend includes peppermint and fennel, to name a few.
Peppermint and fennel are two herbs that work wonders on IBS symptoms.
Overall this is a very relaxing, soothing tea, also great for sleep.
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