Question: I’m 20 weeks pregnant and had diarrhea for about a week with dizziness and nausea (no vomiting) bad cramping and light bleeding.
Pregnancy is a complex process and is associated with substantial changes (hormonal, physical, mental and emotional) in the mother’s health status.
Some of the common problems during pregnancy are:
Nausea and vomiting: Commonly seen in the first trimester, they are associated symptoms of the condition called morning sickness. The nausea and vomiting can occur at any time of the day and is attributed to hormonal changes taken place in the mother’s body.
- Diarrheoa: Excessive consumption of laxatives may be a causative factor. Avoid taking any artificial laxatives during this time. Carrot soup will help you control your diarrhea instantaneously.
- Cramps: Occurrence of cramps is common during pregnancy. This is attributed to the deficiency of calcium, which occurs due to the additional demand for nutrients by the growing fetus. Taking calcium supplements is the best alternative along with increasing the intake of foods rich in calcium like milk, egg, fish, etc
- Bleeding: Is very uncommon during pregnancy. Mild bleeding in the form of spotting may occur during the first month or so, but should invariably stops later on. A persistent bleeding may be attributed either to poor implant of fetus to the uterus or a low lying placenta. Please visit your obstetrician and get your self examined. Persistent bleeding poses a great risk to the growth of the fetus.