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I have developed being lactose intolerant. Not happy mama. It's milk in big amounts, like a glass in the early morning pee/snack/glass of milk trips. I wake up to horrible pains in my stomach and horrendous gas.<br><br><br>
Any of you ever dealt with this? Did it get better/worse after delivery?
 

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<p>I'm so sorry :( I deal with dairy issues too. They generally get a little better with pregnancy, though, not worse. Pregnancy is weird, and our bodies change in amazing ways in response to it.</p>
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<p>Does Lact-Aid help you at all? I never helped me a lot but I know it works for a lot of people. For my lactose issues, I found I was able to tolerate some forms of dairy better than others. Like I could not drink straight milk, but some cheese and yogurt were okay. I hope you figure things out too... doing pregnancy dairy free is tough.</p>
 

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<p>Awwww.... no fun mama! :(</p>
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<p>If it makes you feel better (probably not, but anyway) I gave up dairy for 2 years with ds and going dairy free made me feel WAAAY better! That was, after I got over the sadness of giving up lots of 'junk' dairy that I liked.</p>
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<p>But after changing my diet I never went back to much dairy again. And even though ds was pretty lactose intolerant, after I was 'clean' I could cheat a little bit and we'd be okay.</p>
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<p>So, after you get through the initial 6 week- 2 mo adjustment period, it can feel great!</p>
 

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Aw, thank you mama's! I'm the same way to a point about the kinds of dairy/amts that I can take in. It seems that a glass of milk hits me the hardest. Shredded cheese is a little rough, but tolerable. I had an Alfredo pizza, cheese bread and ranch last night and my tummy was so yuck afterwards. I had already eaten and half way through it went "oh crap, I can't eat this" lol. I habit taken lactaid yet...my OB just told me about it yesterday. And she said that her fav soy milk is Silk...so I guess I will poke around and see what I can find that is appetizing enough to trick my brain. Lol hoping that it goes back to normal after I have this LO!!!
 

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<p>Silk's soy milk is pretty good. There are lots of brands, and lots of other milk alternatives too (soy, rice, multi-grain, almond, coconut). Soy is nice because it provides protein, but my favorite flavor-wise is almond milk.  Try a bunch and see what works best for you :)  </p>
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<p>When I eliminate dairy, I find it easiest to try to plan meals that would be non-dairy anyway. That way I'm not thinking, gosh this chili would taste way better with cheese (or real cheese, if you're using an alternative). Then after a couple months, I add in some substitutes, and the difference in taste and texture isn't as disappointing. (And for the record, I highly recommend Daiya brand cheese alternative, if you can get it.)</p>
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<p>I too hope this all goes away after baby comes! Crossing my fingers for you!</p>
 

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<p>Funny, I am lactose intolerant but it gets BETTER with pregnancy. lol When not pg I cannot even drink a glass of milk with lactaide. Lactaide works for some things (soft cheese for example) but for anything with heavy cream or a lot of milk, it is useless for me regularly. Hard cheeses and cultured milk products like kefir and yogurt I am always fine with. I prefer almond milk because I try to avoid processed soy.</p>
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<p>Right now though my favorite bedtime snack is a big honkin' glass of chocolate milk (real, whole milk mmm), I can take 1 lactaide and I am ok. I am really enjoying this since it is a special treat for me!</p>
 

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<p>I have two kids with dairy allergies and they both like Silk as Soy.  I like the vanilla soy  milk in my coffees at Starbucks.</p>
 

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<p>Almond milk, Rice milk, Soy milk are all good. Is it just cows or goats too? I can do goat milk a lot easier than cow milk.</p>
 

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Almond milk, Rice milk, Soy milk are all good. Is it just cows or goats too? I can do goat milk a lot easier than cow milk.</p>
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Thank you ladies! Good suggestions. It seems as though it's real cows milk(I've never had goats milk so I'm not sure) and cheese, as in shredded and cheese sticks and pizza cheese. Maybe ranch...which is horrible bc I'm addicted to that crap! Lol and on top of this, my acid reflux is acting up too...nice.<br><br>
We are grocery shopping tonight so I will get a few things and try them out.
 

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<p>Both of my kids are lactose intolerant (EXTREMELY) so they cant have any milk, butter, margarine, cream, cheese, yogurt, etc. Basically nothing. lol. We've gotten good at finding substitutes. The Daiya brand of cheese is BY FAR better than any other option. The "veggie cheese" has the texture of cardboard and the taste of... well, nothing! The Daiya cheese melts easily and has a cheese flavor but I believe it's actually a tapioca base. Dairy free of course. Also, as for milk just get lactose free milk. All grocery stores should carry it. Lactaid is the brand name but most stores carry their own brand. It tastes exactly like milk that you're used to. I cant taste a difference whatsoever. As for butter- there's only one kind I've been able to find that is totally dairy free. It's the Earth's Best brand with the red banner. It has no lactose, no soy, no GMOs, no gluten, no dairy. And it actually tastes just fine when used in recipes. The only thing I've found that it doesn't do so well with is in cookie recipes. It doesn't do as good of a job of holding together. Tastes fine, just doesn't keep the cookies from crumbling. But literally in everything else I've found no difference. Hope this helps! If you have a pretty bad intolerance you should also avoid milk chocolate (although most dark chocolates are better, and I believe pure cocoa is the only dairy free kind of chocolate), ranch and alot of other creamy dressings, and sadly, most store/restaurant bought desserts. Of course it's much easier as an adult because you can just take your medicine and pick and choose whether or not it's "worth it" to eat something. I dont give the kids any dairy because I dont think it's fair to decide for them that it's worth their pain. Oh and they rarely have bowel issues (the D word... lol) but ALWAYS vomit. Poor kids. I wish it was different but at the end of the day it's not too bad. Thankfully companies and restaurants have gotten more allergy-friendly and make it MUCH easier to find alternatives. Good luck!!! Hope it clears up after delivery. YOu probably want to  be carefuly when breastfeeding to avoid dairy for a bit also because your inolterance could have developed from an intolerance the baby is already displaying. Just a thought. I wish you the best of luck! It's really not too bad once you get used to it.  </p>
 

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<p>I've developed a bit of a problem with big glasses of milk over the past few years (which breaks my heart because I'm a BIG dairy person), but pregnancy has made it better for me.</p>
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<p>So far, I only like flavored (vanilla) soy milk. I'm hoping if I'm lactose-intolerant after giving birth I can use Lactaid.</p>
 

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I just tried Lactaid....oh boy I'm in trouble. It's so gross! So far it's milk, cheese, and sour cream. I had to eat pizza last night at a bachelorette party and then we went to a country bar/dance place and about 2 hours into it I was sooo ready to go. My stomach started to hurt so bad. I was burping like crazy and trying to not let go of my gas, but that was soo hard to do! Lol<br><br>
And on top of that I came down with a cold while I was out and I want to chop my head off today I'm in so much pain. Ugh. 3.5 more months....I can do this! Lol
 

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<p>Was it the lactaid milk? I've had that before and yeah it's really nasty. They sell tablets you can take before eating dairy, those aren't so bad cuz you just swallow them.</p>
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<p>I hear you on the gas. I get such awful (not to mention stinky <span><img alt="blush.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/blush.gif"> ) gas when i have a lactose reaction. Before I figured out the lactose problem, it was so embarrassing at work. i'd be in my cube, and I'm sure it was quite odiferous to passers-by... ugh.</span></p>
 
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