Is Diarrhea A Sign Of Early Pregnancy?

Is Diarrhea A Sign Of Early Pregnancy?

You might be surprised to know diarrhea can be a common sign of early pregnancy.

You could be trying for a baby, or perhaps you’re nervous about being pregnant.

In that case, it’s likely you will spend a lot of time looking for clues that suggest you have conceived.

Whenever you notice anything unusual or out of the ordinary, you’ll probably chalk it up immediately as a possible symptom of pregnancy.

Pregnancy symptoms can start as early as eight days after ovulation.

So it is possible you’ll experience early symptoms before a test can confirm the pregnancy.

Some common early signs of pregnancy include nausea, fatigue and sore breasts.

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Is Diarrhea A Sign Of Early Pregnancy?

You could be pregnant if:

  • You’ve suddenly gone off your favourite foods
  • You hold your breath when you walk past a petrol station
  • You turn into a screaming banshee if your other half so much as brushes your breast

It’s frustrating, but some early pregnancy signs are also symptoms of PMT.

This isn’t particularly helpful if you’re desperate to know whether or not you’re pregnant.

Diarrhea is a sign of early pregnancy that isn’t commonly talked about.

It is, however, something some women experience during early pregnancy.

It’s quite possible women simply don’t talk about this symptom because it doesn’t make for polite conversation.

Admitting you puked in a bin on the way to work is difficult enough.

Never mind telling everyone you’re struggling from the squirts.

Unfortunately, it isn’t possible to say a bout of diarrhea is always a hint you might be pregnant.

You’ll have to wait until you can take a pregnancy test to find out for sure.

If you can’t wait that long, take a look at the 16 Most Reliable Pregnancy Symptoms and see how many you can tick off.

Diarrhea During Early Pregnancy

Diarrhea is when you pass looser or more frequent stools than usual.

Some women experience diarrhea in early pregnancy.

It’s not a pleasant ailment, but it’s not particularly dangerous either.

If you are currently suffering from diarrhea, you might be wondering whether this could be an early sign of pregnancy.

Unfortunately, it is hard to say. A pregnancy test is really the only way you can know for certain whether or not you are pregnant.

Some women complain of diarrhea during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean it is a pregnancy symptom.

Some people believe these bouts of diarrhea are simply coincidental and have nothing to do with the pregnancy.

What Can Cause Diarrhea In Early Pregnancy?

It’s possible the hormonal changes of early pregnancy are wreaking havoc on your digestive system.

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) is a hormone that tells your body to prepare for pregnancy.

This is the hormone pregnancy tests look for.

HCG levels rise rapidly during early pregnancy.

Women with higher levels of HCG often suffer from increased levels of morning sickness.

So HCG might play a part in causing pregnancy nausea.

It could, therefore, potentially cause digestive problems such as diarrhea.

Progesterone levels also increase during the first trimester.

Rising progesterone levels are thought to be responsible for pregnancy symptoms such as nausea, heartburn and constipation.

They could also be responsible for early bouts of diarrhea.

If you have recently changed your diet in preparation for conceiving, this could be causing your digestive problems.

If you’ve recently cut out all the rubbish in your diet and switched to fresh vegetables, greens and fruits, your body might simply be adapting to the additional fibre.

Don’t worry. It’s temporary. Your body will soon adjust to your new healthy, balanced diet.

If you’re taking fertility or prenatal vitamins, these too could be to blame for your diarrhea.

Check the ingredients and speak to your pharmacist to find out whether the vitamins you are taking could be the root of the problem.

Alternatively, you might simply have a stomach virus that is entirely unrelated to the pregnancy.

Will Diarrhea During Pregnancy Harm The Baby?

Generally speaking, a 24 hour stomach bug is very unlikely to cause harm to your baby.

Even if you’re unable to keep anything down for 24 hours, your baby will almost certainly be fine.

Dehydration is usually the biggest concern when you have a sickness bug, so make sure you drink plenty of fluids.

If you have a sickness bug, it is important to:

  • Rest as much as possible
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. If you’re struggling to keep water down, try electrolyte icy-poles
  • Try to eat. If you can keep food down, try to eat bland foods throughout the day whenever you feel hungry Bland foods that are low in fibre and gentle on the stomach include apples, toast, crackers,  and broth
  • Wash your hands well before and after going to the bathroom; this will limit the spread of the virus.

Speak to your healthcare provider ASAP if:

  • The sickness bug lasts for more than 48 hours
  • You’re unable to keep fluids down
  • There is blood in your stools
  • You have stomach pain
  • You have a fever
  • Your urine is very dark.

Do not take over-the-counter medication without checking with your pharmacist to make sure it is safe for use during pregnancy. Not all medications are considered safe for pregnant women.

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Fiona Peacock CONTRIBUTOR

Fiona Peacock is a writer, researcher and lover of all things to do with pregnancy, birth and motherhood (apart from the lack of sleep). She is a home birth advocate, passionate about gentle parenting and is also really tired.


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