Food Poisoning, Indigestion and Stomach Upset During Pregnancy

Food Poisoning, Indigestion and Stomach Upset During Pregnancy

Food Poisoning, Indigestion and Stomach Upset During Pregnancy

As awesome a time pregnancy is for you, the drastic hormonal changes may be creating a host of digestive issues for you which are uncomfortable to say the least. Here are some common issues which may be causing trouble to your digestive system now.

  • Indigestion during pregnancy:
    The hormones have now relaxed the muscles throughout your body, including those of the digestive system. Thus your digestive processes have slowed down causing you to after a meal have indigestion. This could leave you with heartburn, bloating, acid reflux or feeling full even if you didn’t eat much.

To prevent it: eat more frequent small meals throughout the day and try and wait at least an hour after a meal before lying down.

  • Food poisoning or stomach upset during pregnancy:

When you eat something that is contaminated, it’s called food poisoning. The symptoms usually are throwing up or vomiting, diarrhea and constant nausea. In most cases, food poisoning doesn’t affect the unborn baby, but there are some cases where it could be potentially harmful for your baby, for example, a bacteria called Listeria sometimes might be present in uncooked food and unpasteurized milk or cheese.

To prevent it : try avoiding anything unpasteurized or anything that is more than 24 hrs old, after cooked. Try drinking as much water as possible too.

  • Bloating
    With all the relaxed muscles now digestion has slowed down and you feel bloated.
    What you can do about it: drink lots of water to help flush out the fluids from the body and take a walk after your meal to help digestion.
  • Heartburn
    The relaxed muscles include the esophageal sphincter which is at the top of your stomach holding the stomach acid in place, so there is a chance the acid is pushed into the oesophagus causing heartburn.

To tackle heartburn: have small frequent meals and avoid drinking while eating.

  • Constipation
    The relaxed bowel muscles find it harder to contract now and thus make passing of stool more difficult.

To tackle constipation: have warm fluids to kick start the bowel movements and use the squatty potty to make it easier for the stool to pass out of the body.

  • Diarrhoea
    This can be attributed to the new diet, extra water you are drinking or the exercise you have begun.

To help cure it: avoid fatty or spicy food and have starchy food and yoghurt.

If any of these issues persists or is very uncomfortable consult your gynaecologist.