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Whether or not you managed suffer morning sickness in your first trimester, getting sick with a stomach bug when you’re pregnant is a pretty miserable experience.
Unfortunately, gastroenteritis (gastro) is quite common in expectant mums with, anecdotally, the majority of mums having it at one point during their nine months.
Fortunately, gastro isn’t usually serious, but it’s normal for parents to worry about how it might impact their unborn baby. The main treatment for gastro in pregnancy – as at any time – is rehydration.
In most cases, treatment of gastroenteritis in pregnancy primarily involves rehydration. A stomach bug might be soothed by oral rehydration, however a short stay in hospital can provide relief in the form of intravenous fluids and possibly an antiemetic to stop the vomiting.
Commonly known for causing sickness and diarrhoea, there are several other symptoms to look out for too:
Take care gastro in pregnancy by following these tips:
After your symptoms are gone, replenish your gut bacteria with probiotic-rich foods, like yogurt.
Checking in with your GP or midwife can reassure a mum-to-be who has gastro.
If symptoms last longer than 48 hours, or if you can’t keep anything down, including water, get in touch with your GP, or midwife team.
It’s incredibly rare, but extreme dehydration can be harmful for you and for your baby, so don’t shy away from calling your health care providers if you are at all concerned.
Once you are rehydrated, a GP might do blood tests to rule out food poisoning, bacterial infection (such as listeriosis), appendicitis or premature labour.