Gut-Related Symptoms During Pregnancy

Some symptoms of gut disorders during pregnancy are mild and temporary, such as indigestion. Others are more severe and will require suitable treatment. 1

Indigestion

Acid reflux and heartburn are common throughout pregnancy and may lead to nausea and vomiting when left untreated. 2

Constipation

Your progesterone hormone levels are increased when you are pregnant, which causes the intestines to relax. This slows the movement of stool through the bowel. 3

Diarrhoea

Hormone fluctuation, added stress and dietary changes may bring about diarrhoea in pregnant women. 4

Your Gut During Pregnancy: Key Facts

Some of the most significant changes to your body during pregnancy will be in your gut. Here’s what you need to know.

Gastric problems are common during pregnancy

It is very normal to have an upset stomach during your pregnancy. The body is merely adjusting to the fluctuating hormone levels. 4

Some gastric problems can be avoided

With the right probiotic recommended by your physician, sufficient hydration and a balanced diet, gastric problems such as nausea, diarrhoea and constipation can be reduced during pregnancy. 5

Intestinal flora balance is essential

During pregnancy, the rise in oestrogen and progesterone levels will alter the composition of microbiota in the gut, which can make you vulnerable to certain pathogens. 6

How probiotics can help the gut during pregnancy

Probiotics are a form of live good bacteria that work closely with the gut microbiome, helping to normalise function and to reduce the incidence of digestive disorders. 7 Probiotics are powerful allies to anyone seeking better overall health and well-being, including those who are pregnant. Consult your healthcare practitioner before using any probiotic.

If you are pregnant, may be pregnant, are planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medicine. During pregnancy and breastfeeding, take this medicine under the supervision of your doctor. 7

Stay Informed

Getting to know your gut, and identifying your personal triggers, are the first steps to better intestinal health. Stay informed as to how gut microbiota can become negatively affected by everything from travelling to seasonal changes, and how to bring about internal balance in your life.