IBS.... And now pregnant. I NEED to find a way to cure my symptoms!
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Posted 23 November 2012 - 01:49 PM
Well... being pregnant obviously theres not too many medications I can try but it is safe to take simethicone so I take that when I get painfully bloated and it sort of helps. Doesnt get rid of the foul flatulance though... that just seems to come out of nowhere. Immodium... I will take a half once in a blue moon only if I am having a bad D attack. And my Dr said it was safe while pregnant and recommended I try the probiotic Align... so I did with absolutely no difference, and I took it for over a month. Now I want to try a different probiotic, can someone please recommend a good one that they saw results with if that had similar symptoms to me? And how long after stopping Align do I have to wait to try a different probiotic? Also I bought some peppermint capsules and want to try them... but I can't seem to find out if they are pregnancy and breast feeding safe... I don't want to do anything to harm my baby... anyone know if peppermint is safe? I heard it's bad during first trimester but I'm well into my third and does it cross into breast milk?
Also.... I eat generally very healthy and know what to avoid to avoid having the severe D attacks... for the most part though there is only one food I'm certain will cause a bad D attack (though it will happen many hours/next day later) is dairy (and beans too)... BUT if I really must have dairy I take lactaid and oddly enough it actually causes me to have really very formed BM's the day after taking, how odd. But other than that I do keep a food log and symptom log and it seems there is no pattern and even the most bland healthy foods can make me sick... it's just so unpredictable. HELP ME PLEASE!
And let me add one question... what types of blood tests should I ask my Dr for?
Posted 23 November 2012 - 04:25 PM
You don't really have to wait to try a different probiotic. Just note that ones with a lot of FOS or other prebiotics may increase gas a bit.
Sometimes the all starch bland tends to increase gas as that is the fermentable part of the diet. Try small amounts of rice if you feel you need the starch with cooked veggies and lean meat and see how that goes.
Most of the blood work needed for IBS they would have done for the pregnancy anyway (complete blood count) but if you haven't been checked for celiac disease that may be worth a go.
Looks like peppermint is on the no list for breast feeding (can cross) and it can make heartburn/reflux worse which can be a problem for some women when they baby is pushing up and putting pressure on the stomach anyway. I've heard mixed info on late in pregnancy and so I'm not sure if it is proven safe, or we just don't have proof of risk. I would think the can make reflux worse thing would be a concern for breast milk. Babies tend to have spit up/reflux kinda problems anyway so probably don't want to do anything that could add to that.
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