Hi All,I need help! I don't know whether it's just natural that IBS gets worse during pregnancy or there's some food that i just can no longer tolerate. I don't know which IBS type i belong to, but my symptoms are majorly dominated by cramping pain, feeling bloated and defacation (but not diarrhea). I am currently 3.5 months pregnant (first pregnancy) and i feel like whatever food goes into my mouth (even in as little as 5-10 mins after meals), it instantly triggers the cramping pain and a sensation of incomplete evacuation which i cannot 'let it go' despite several trips to the bathroom trying to strain and it feels like there is something i have to evacuate. I have been experiencing this every single day in the past week. A few months before i discovered i was pregnant, i learned well how to manage my symptoms by eating plenty of fruits and vegs and most importantly to avoid gluten products such as cereals, wheat, bread, pasta, flour, cakes, etc. However, being pregnant now (currently also taking pregnancy vitamins and folic acid), i notice that my IBS symptomps are so uncontrollable this week especially after eating breakfast! After eating an uncooked apple for breakfast this morning, my stomach started to cramp and gave me the sensation that i needed to vacate. I went to the bathroom three times this morning and i felt i had the sensation of constipation (I am not constipated though!) ie, not being able to evacuate. WHy does this happen?I eat heaps of salads and fresh fruits, drinking lots of water everyday and i usually have no trouble having a bowel movement every morning, it's just that the culplrit starts to appear as soon as i start eating something and the pain can last for a day till i go to bed. Sometimes the cramps start ease a little bit but other days it's just like having labour contractions, it's on and off. Does this because:1. I am pregnant and the uterus starts to grow therefore it gives the pressure to the bowel, also I heard it's natural that your digestive system slows down to assure that the food can be absorbed by the baby?2. Should i alter my diet? Why would a piece of apple trigger an IBS symptom this bad? and if it's only a fruit, shouldn't it make my stool softer therefore i am able to relieve this incomplete evacuation sensation instead of making it feel like i have hard stool? What happens if i try to eat any other food? I am afraid of the fact that i need to go thru trial and error in such a stressful time like this.3. I am taking pregnancy vitamins at present and consuming LOTS of green vegetables such as spinach, does this cause too much iron in my body? I heard that Iron supplements can cause constipation. I am not constipated, but i cannot seem to evacuate this stuff (whether its there or not) in my bottom. 3. Could stress be the cause of it? I am having hectic moments at work lately and often think about it day and night.. however I exercise daily by walking to and from work for 30 mins each each way and do yoga in between. 4. I keep my fiber intake high each day by eating lots of fruits and vegs, once in a while I also take metamucil/benefiber to ensure that i'll have a smooth bowel movement. I drink gallons of water as well, but this does not seem to help with the current cramping pain and incomplete evacuation that i am experiencing at the moment. 5. Would acidophilus or probiotic drinks help?The only day that i felt relieved was yesterday it was because i had a mild diarrhea because i was eating a combination of spicy and sour meal, which seemed to have laxative effect on my gut and to be honest i felt so glad i was able to vacate it instead of feeling 'constipated' like this. However i will not try this kind of method to relieve myself, I rather prevent the symptoms from appearing and having it controlled throughout the pregnancy.Any help or suggestions really appreciated!