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hi! i was just wondering if any other women out there got their first ibs attack after childbirth? i had my son when i was 19 and i felt great my whole life before that. i never had gut problems or anything. then about a year after my son was born it started slowly at first i only had d every two weeks or so. it gradually got worse to where i have it every day now. im 27 now. i am just curious to see if it was coincidence or if any other woman didnt get this untill after there first child? maybe it has somthing to do with hormones?who knows!well i would love to hear from anyone! thanks
 

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Boo, Being 19 at onset could be more the culprit. It can typically show up then with or without childbirth. However hormones can play a role too.Here is an article about IBS and Hormones from the UNC: http://www.med.unc.edu/medicine/fgidc/hormonesand%20ibs.html Hey Boo have you tried Calcium for your D yet?IBS BB Member "Lnape" here has loads of info on it. Her post is about 1/2 way down this page here. Or you can visit the OTC Forum too.BQ
 

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I think I had mild IBS prior to child birth, but it really didn't affect my life too much. It definately got worse after childbirth. I went to the doctor and was diagnosed after I had my second child.
 

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I've had IBS most of my life but when my 3rd child was born it was back 24/7. I had a really tough delivery that I think upset things. It was also very stressful having 3 small children which also affects your IBS. Now that she is 6 its finally getting better. Good Luck. Keep on trying to find what works for you.
 

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HiI got my first IBS attack 3 months after the birth of my second child (Christmas Day 1997) I have been down the coeliac route, and less wheat has helped, but now I am on amitriptilyne and a month on this is working for me along with eating wheat.Good Luck
 

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Although I think I may have had some IBS that I blamed on food allergies before my kids- I had few problems till after the birth of my second child. I swear there is something about the second child because so many people tell me that. Since he was 3-4 months I have had lots of problems. My third child didn't seem to make things much worse.
 

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Isn't it great when you're totally exhausted and you pack all your kids in the car, then drive to the grocery store while listening to them whining and carrying on and then you get there, lug them out, get them in the cart, do your shopping, get to the check out and half way through BAM!!! D Cramps, kids going "blaa,blaa,blaa,blaa", Cashier yelling "hey Mary do you know the price of this blaa,blaa. Price check on register 8!" A billion trillion years go by and your finally home on the throne.I hate grocery shopping.
 

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I had the same problem after the birth of my second child. I was wondering if any of you had c-sections? I had both my children by c-section. I had read an article somewhere that intentestinal problems can be caused by scar tissue from abdominal surgery. Or is it all related to the extra stress in our lives with raising our children? Maybe someday there will be a miracle cure for IBS!
 

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Totally healthy until three months after baby number one. I was 23. It went away during pregnancy with number two which was great, but came back after birth. It's better now but it's always there just waiting to sneak up on me when I least expect it.
 

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Dear Busy MomYes, I had 2 C sections as well. I contribute mine to the fact that when they put me under General Anesthestic the meds were not stocked and they didn't put me all the way under....i felt the whole thing and i couldn't tell them, every cell was paralized. Now I have post traumatic stress disorder, not to mention both my children didn't sleep through the night until they were both 2 (they still wake up most nights - this was 3 years ago) and being a mother (though I love my babies) is very very stressful at times. Cathy
 

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This is my first time on this site and I saw your caption and had to read it. Mine definitely started after the birth of my second child. It seems to be related to hormones as well - my BC pills affected me differently after childbirth as well. I tried switching them and going completely off (which made it worse) and it's definitely worse during my period. I'm 37 and mine started at 33.
 

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Having a child can also screw up your thyroid. For those that first had symptoms after child birth a thyroid blood test might be a good idea. I'd say about 60% of the folks on the thyroid/graves board first got symptoms after the birth of a child. A simple blood test can check it out...and if you are female and over 35 now you should be screened for thyroid disease anyhow.
 
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