IBS and Pregnancy
If you are pregnant, or thinking about becoming pregnant,
you probably have questions that relate to your irritable bowel
syndrome (IBS) symptoms. There are several myths around IBS
that relate to pregnancy and how it will affect your baby. For
example, it used to be advised for those with IBS to not become
However nowadays as long as good prenatal care is both
sought and given, there is no reason why women with IBS should
not go on to have healthy babies. Knowing how to have a healthy
pregnancy with IBS and being aware of what steps to take for
your health will assist you to have an easier pregnancy.
Most doctors now consider pregnancy safe for those with IBS,
although because it is referred to as a chronic illness, there
are certain precautions that should be taken before and during
the pregnancy to help ensure that IBS does not affect the
Since IBS can affect how much nutrition you get from your
food, it will certainly affect the nutrition of the
fetus. Prenatal vitamins can be hard on the stomach of a
woman not suffering with IBS, so you can anticipate problems
there. Ask your physician about smaller twice daily
dosages of prenatal vitamins.
You can also ask your doctor if becoming pregnant with IBS
at a specific point in time may cause you or your baby
problems. There are also several resources that can guide you
in making the healthiest decisions.
One of the considerations that will need to be made with
pregnancy is whether any types of medications should be taken.
In general, medications are not recommended when
There are certain medications that are used for IBS that
should be avoided, while others have been considered to be
safe. For example, Methotrexate and Thalidomide should be
avoided during pregnancy as they may affect your baby. Other
medications should only be given on the advice of your
Those who are thinking about becoming pregnant may carefully
consider when is the most appropriate time to do so. It is best
to make sure the IBS is not as active when you become pregnant
and that the flares between your lower intestine, abdomen and
colon are lower. This will help to prevent many complications
during your pregnancy.
Although pregnancy is considered safe for those with IBS,
you should always consult with your doctor about your options
as well as what you need to do to have a healthy pregnancy and
This not only includes what to change in your diet during
the pregnancy, but also what medications and types of food to
avoid to ensure that you will not have abdominal cramping or
complications. By knowing what you need to do, as well as being
aware of the options that are available before and during your
pregnancy, you can make sure that IBS doesn't get in the way of
you beginning your family.