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#1 of 6 Old 04-13-2005, 02:19 AM - Thread Starter
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Has anyone here had/have IBS in pregnancy (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)? My main symptoms right now are horrific gas pains and alternating constipation/diarrhea. I woke up in the middle of the night and couldn't sleep.

I haven't actually had a flare-up with it since the birth of DD five years ago.

Any suggestions?
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I have IBS normally, but it seems to be less intense for me during pregnancy. Something that really helped me pre-pregnancy was a book called Eating for IBS by Heather Van Vorous. It has dietary guidelines and recipes. You'd need to modify the diet a bit to make sure you get all the nutrients and calories you need while you're pregnant, but it should be really helpful. She has a website too where you can get the gist of how to eat for IBS: http://www.helpforibs.com/. I know there are women in those forums who are pregnant or TTC, so you might check it out.

The advice that was most helpful to me was to stay away from fatty foods, especially if you haven't eaten in a while, and drink lots of strong, hot peppermint tea.
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I've had IBS most of my life, although it was far worse in my 20s than it is now, in my 30s. When I was pg with DD, it didn't bother me at all. But already with this pregnancy, I'm having a fair bit of trouble. I get the horrible cramps and feel like I'm going to have to run for the bathroom : . I've had the pains in the belly too, which is even worse now, because it makes me worry that it's the baby (but after two m/c, I can tell the difference).

I think it's bad for me now because I have much more morning sickness with this pg, and the only things I can find to eat that don't make me gag are things that I really shouldn't eat...like dairy. I've got to try to make some changes, and I'm hoping it will improve.
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I don't have IBS, but I'm a big fan of the book, Ten Essential Herbs, by Lalitha Thomas.
She writes at length about the value of Slippery Elm bark powder for all sorts of digestive/intestinal troubles, including those caused by IBS and Crohn's disease.
It's easy to find at coops/health food stores and tastes like a cousin to oatmeal. She says to mix a spoonful in some water and drink several times a day to promote regularity and healing of the intestines.

Sorry you're going through this.

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I too suffer with IBS. The only thing that really works for me is taking Metamucil, daily. It really helps balance me out. If I do not take it for a few days I get really out of whack.

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Originally Posted by katybeth
I have IBS normally, but it seems to be less intense for me during pregnancy.
i had it for a few years, until i got pregnant with my first munchkin - and my symptoms haven't returned in going on five years :::knock on wood:::: i am guessing that there was a strong stress component to my eating habits and symptoms that serious lifestyle changes after becoming pregnant really helped.
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