Is It Normal To Have Loose Motions During Pregnancy? Here’s What Gynecologist Dr Sanchita Dubey Has To Say

Loose motions during pregnancy can pose a severe threat to the health of a pregnant woman and the unborn baby.

Vani Malik
Written by: Vani MalikPublished at: Oct 07, 2011Updated at: May 08, 2020
Is It Normal To Have Loose Motions During Pregnancy? Here’s What Gynecologist Dr Sanchita Dubey Has To Say

During pregnancy, loose motions are always caused due to some external cause. Therefore it must never be taken lightly. If not treated on time, it can lead to malabsorption of food and dehydration, both the conditions can adversely affect the developing foetus. Cause of Loose Motions during Pregnancy. It is essential to know the reason for loose motions during pregnancy. Routine stool examination, abdomen ultrasonography and blood tests can be used to detect the cause of loose motion. Dr Sanchita Dubey, Consultant, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Motherhood Hospital, Noida explains, “Diarrhoea is a prevalent condition that can happen to anyone, including those who are pregnant. During pregnancy, diarrhoea may arise due to various reasons including physical and hormonal changes.”

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Loose motions during pregnancy can be caused due to various reasons, explains Dr Dubey:

  • Stressful conditions in house or surroundings
  • Side effects of various medications
  • Side effect of various foods
  • Antenatal vitamin supplements
  • Growing uterus compressing on the rectum
  • Weak digestive system
  • Consumption of fatty foods
  • Overeating
  • Allergies
  • Infections by bacteria, viruses, or parasites that find their way to the body through contaminated food or water

Symptoms Of Diarrhoea In Pregnant Women

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fever and chills
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Gas and bloating
  • Fatigue

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How Loose Motions Can Affect You

  • Loose motions leave you feeling week and drained out. If not treated on time, you may get dehydrated. Loose motions or diarrhoea that continue for two to three days lead to dehydration and risk of stillbirth, In addition, it can also induce premature labour pain. To meet up for the loss of fluid, you will have to take Intravenous Fluids (IV Fluid). How loose motions can affect your baby
  • Loose motions during pregnancy can hurt the unborn baby. In the absence of proper treatment for loose stool during pregnancy, the proportion of salt in your body may go down.
  • This decreased salt level can be a threat to the smooth functioning of your baby’s sensitive organs. If ignored for long, increased salt level can prove to be fatal for the growing baby.

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Basic Care Tips For Pregnancy Diarrhea 

A pregnant woman can prevent dehydration by drinking plenty of water. It is also important to drink liquids containing electrolytes, such as broths and clear soups, fruit juices, caffeine-free drinks, oral rehydration solution. Other tips include:

  • Make sure that you drink purified water and well-cooked food.
  • Wash your hands before and after your meals.
  • Drink oral rehydration solution at frequent intervals.
  • Indian gooseberry (amla), apples and pomegranate seeds help to control loose motions naturally.
  • A mixture of banana in curds helps to bring relief to the problem.
  • Avoid non-vegetarian and high fibre diet for a few days.

Diet To Prevent Diarrhea in Pregnant Women

It is best to eat bland foods, including oatmeal, bananas, plain rice. Other bland foods that are easy to digest include:

  • Boiled potatoes
  • Baked chicken without any skin or fat
  • Yoghurt
  • Refined wheat bread

Also Read: Understanding Food Poisoning: Signs And Symptoms To Diagnose Food Poisoning

Can Diarrhoea Lead To Other Health Concerns?

Diarrhoea is a common condition that can affect anyone, including women who are pregnant. Hormonal changes, bowel infections, and underlying bowel disorders can all cause diarrhoea during pregnancy. If diarrhoea lasts for more than 48 hours, speak to a doctor. Seek immediate medical care for symptoms such as fever, dehydration, bloody stools, or frequent vomiting. Also, it is essential to speak to a doctor before taking any medications for diarrhoea. Drinking plenty of water and clear broths or soups can help prevent dehydration.

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