Table of contents:
- Pharmaceutical Medicines
- Home remedies
- Care in case of diarrhea in pregnancy
- When to go to the doctor
Tummy pain in pregnancy can have many causes ranging from an intestinal infection to the actual contractions of labor. Therefore, it is important to be aware of the symptoms that accompany a stomachache, such as diarrhea, constipation or excess gas.
Some remedies that the obstetrician can indicate to relieve stomach pain are analgesics, antibiotics or probiotics, for example, as they help reduce diarrhea, which is often accompanied by stomach pain in pregnancy.
The indication of medication depends on the cause of the pain and, therefore, it is recommended to consult the obstetrician or a general practitioner, to carry out exams, and thus, indicate the most appropriate treatment that does not affect the baby's development.
Pharmaceutical remedies for tummy ache in pregnancy vary according to the cause, the main remedies recommended by the doctor being:
- Analgesics, such as acetaminophen, to relieve abdominal pain or discomfort;
- Antibiotics, such as amoxicillin, ampicillin or erythromycin, in case of bacterial infections in the intestine;
- Probiotics, such as Floratil, as they help restore intestinal flora, reducing diarrhea gradually.
The doses of medication depend on the medical diagnosis and if the woman has any type of allergy. Diarrhea during pregnancy must be treated very carefully and always with medical advice, as some medicines can cross the placenta and reach the baby.
Also, to complement the treatment, it is important to drink plenty of fluids to replace the water loss in diarrhea. For this, there are also oral rehydration solutions that have water and mineral s alts in their composition and can be found in pharmacies.
Antidiarrheal drugs are not recommended during pregnancy, because in addition to being able to affect the baby, they can prevent the release of microorganisms in the feces, aggravating a possible infection.
A good home remedy option for stomach ache during pregnancy is chamomile tea, as it has anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and calming action.
- 3 teaspoons of dried chamomile flowers;
- 1 cup of boiling water.
Add the dried chamomile flowers to the cup of boiling water, cover, let stand for about 5 to 10 minutes and strain before drinking.
This tea can be taken 3 times a day, or in small amounts throughout the day, and also after an episode of diarrhea, as it helps keep the body hydrated.
It is important to check the type of chamomile used, as there are two types, and chamomile tea prepared with the Matricaria recutita species can be used safely during pregnancy.However, Roman chamomile of the species Chamaemelum nobile should not be taken during pregnancy as it can cause uterine contraction.
Care in case of diarrhea in pregnancy
In the case of diarrhea in pregnancy, some precautions are important to help treat and relieve abdominal cramps more quickly, such as:
- Drink plenty of liquids, such as water, coconut water, homemade serum, teas or natural juices, to avoid dehydration;
- Eat foods that are easily digestible, such as cooked and peeled fruit, or pureed vegetables;
- Eat cooked or grilled foods, such as rice, pasta or cooked chicken, and avoid fried foods;
- Eat in small amounts, several times a day;
- Avoid foods rich in fiber such as cereals, fruit with skin, wheat germ, pulses and dried fruits;
- Avoid consuming processed foods, milk and dairy products, chocolate, cakes, sauces or sweets, as they stimulate the intestines and are difficult to digest. Check out a 3-day menu of what to eat for diarrhea.
Generally, diarrhea in pregnancy does not harm the baby, only in cases where it is caused by a serious intestinal infection, in which case, the woman should be treated with hospitalization.
In the simplest cases, when diarrhea occurs due to nervousness or because unsuitable food has been ingested, it does not affect the baby, but care must be taken to avoid dehydration. Know how to identify the symptoms of dehydration.
Watch the following video with tips on how to make homemade serum correctly to avoid dehydration:
When to go to the doctor
It is important to consult the obstetrician or go to the hospital in cases of abdominal pain or very strong and intense cramps, as they can be confused with labor contractions. Know how to identify the signs of labor contractions.
In addition, medical help should be sought in the event of symptoms such as vomiting, fever above 38º or bloody stools.