S.S. asks from Tacoma, WA on September 15, 2008
I was just curious about having diarhea during pregnancy. Is it bad. Should I go to the doctor and get checked out?
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Thank you everyone for all your advice. My friend just found out she was pregnant and wanted me to ask. it's her first and I never had any diarhea so I couldn't give her a direct answer. Thanks again. S.
D.H. answers from Seattle on September 16, 2008
I wouldn't be worried about it unless it lasts for more than a couple days and you are getting dehydrated or feeling worse, or start running a fever and get concerned. Try eating some rice, it firms you back up.
K.C. answers from Portland on September 16, 2008
It can be pretty normal. My current pregnancy was riddled with it through out the first trimester. My doctor of course said the only worry is dehydration. He recommended drinking lots of water and even small amounts of Pedialyte which gets you hydrated a lot faster and for longer. Of course if the diarhea is accompanied by any cramping/contractions, or discharge then you should call your doctor immediately.
E.B. answers from Seattle on September 17, 2008
I had it during the first part of pregnancy with my third and then again towards the end. I think it should be checked out just in case it is something more serious. But it will probably end up being how your body is dealing with being pregnant. How far along are you?
J.H. answers from Portland on September 16, 2008
A.P. answers from Eugene on September 16, 2008
I had diarrhea (or maybe just loose stool) throughout my pregnancy--when I brought it up with my midwife--she said that I should be happy I'm not constipated and getting hemorrhoids like many pregnant women--you should probably still check with your provider, but that did put things into perspective for me!
M.C. answers from Seattle on September 15, 2008
you probably need to drink more water the most likely reason but it wouldn't hurt to check with your o.b.
M.R. answers from Portland on September 16, 2008
It's always worth checking in with your doctor. I had diarrhea for a few weeks at the beginning of my pregnancy. Luckily, I was told I could take Immodium! Whatever you do, DO NOT take Pepto.
Hope it gets better.
S.Y. answers from Richland on September 18, 2008
The main thing to be concerned about is dehydration. That is always an issue with diarrhea anyway, but even more so when the baby needs liquids, too. If you are feeling lightheaded, or have a big headache, you should see your doctor right away. It might be a good idea to give your doctor's office a call anyway, just to hear their suggestion. Take care! S.
D.B. answers from Richland on September 16, 2008
I had severe diareaha with both my pregnancies in the early stages, lasting 5-7 days, but then it went away. Then I would get another case of it towards the end of the second trimester, and that too lasted a week or so. My OB never seemed concerned with it, and told me it does happen to some women. If it lasts longer than a week I would most definately call your OB. Good luck!