Abdominal pain in pregnancy

Dolor abdominal en el embarazo

The gastroenteritis is a very frequent ailment in summer. It can be caused by viruses or bacteria and its most common symptoms are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, inappetite, stomach pain and, in some cases, fever.

It is usually not serious and usually goes away on its own in two or three days. However, if you are pregnant, your symptoms may become more acute as your digestive system is more sensitive and you are more likely to suffer from nausea.

How to overcome gastroenteritis during pregnancy?

gastroenteritis y embarazo

Gastroenteritis usually does not result dangerous neither for your baby nor for you. However, due to vomiting and diarrhea, your body will lose plenty of fluids and electrolytes so be especially attentive to avoid dehydration. Try to drink fluids frequently: water, isotonic drinks, or some digestive infusion.

As for the diet, sif your body does not tolerate food keep a few hours of fasting. As you improve and tolerate food, start to incorporate them gradually and following a soft diet. You can eat white rice, carrots, apple, toast with a little olive oil, grilled chicken, vegetable broths or natural yogurt (if with bifidus better). Avoid foods such as milk, pastries or foods rich in fats, fiber and spices.

For as long as gastroenteritis lasts it is recommended that you keep relative rest to help your body recover energies.

Remember that in no case should you medicate without medical supervision. If after 48 hours your symptoms persist, you have a high fever, blood or mucus in your stool, you should immediately see your doctor to prescribe appropriate treatment for pregnant mothers.