Gastroenteritis is very common problems in pregnancy that can make many expectant moms feel miserable. As per studies 1 in every 3 pregnant women will experience gastro enteritis at some time during their pregnancy. Although in most cases the symptoms may pass after about a week or so, there are those where gastroenteritis can be quite severe. If left untreated it can even lead to dehydration or preterm labor.
Symptoms of Gastroenteritis:
The symptoms of gastroenteritis include:
- Nausea and vomiting
Treatment of Gastroenteritis during pregnancy:
More often than not the symptoms of gastroenteritis in soon-to-be-moms are mild and can be managed at home. In such a case it is wiser to stock up these things at home:
- Electrolyte drinks: Sports drinks and electrolyte drinks such as Pedialyte can replenish your body with salts that can help your muscles function well.
- Bland Foods: It is not essential to restrict your intake during gastroenteritis. But it is important that you consume bland foods such as mashed potatoes, bananas, and rice. These may be easier to keep down when compared to rich foods.
- Cleaning agents: It is important to keep your surfaces clean at times when you have gastroenteritis. Use disinfectant sprays or wipes to wipe off surfaces in kitchen and bathroom. Also remember to wipe down the door handles, door knobs, toilet seats, and faucet handles.
How soon-to-be-momscan avoid gastroenteritis:
It is important to understand how gastroenteritis is transmitted before you can figure out how you can prevent the same. This disease is similar to any other viral disease. It can spread by:
- Touching surfaces that are contaminated and then touching your face or mouth
- Sharing utensils or cups with an infected individual
- Eating food that is contaminated with the gastroenteritis virus
- Breathing the air that contains the virus
Most pregnant women may end up contracting gastroenteritis from their older children when they are infected. Children have a habit to touch everything that they see and pick up viruses, germs, and bacteria. If you wish to reduce your risk of infection it would be good to wash your hands often wherever you may be. Make sure your children also do the same. Also, avoid touching your eyes or mouth when you are out.
Patience is one thing you would need if you have contracted gastroenteritis. Let your partners, family members, and friends know so that they can help you in taking care of your children and your pets for a couple of days. Delegate your housework and social responsibilities if any. If not, they can wait until you start feeling better. Alert your doctor about your condition, take rest, and stay hydrated.
When should you visit your doctor if you have gastroenteritis?
You will have to see your doctor if you are not able to keep anything down, including clear liquids. The doctor will make sure you are sufficiently hydrated and might perform a couple of lab tests to rule out certain medical emergencies. Diarrhea and abdominal cramping could be signs of a preterm labor.
The team at Manhattan Gastroenterology is qualified and experienced in treating gastroenteritis in soon-to-be-moms. You may request for an appointment right away.