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A 32-year-old female asked:

Does ibs worsen in pregnancy? or is it just luck? i am 11weeks and really suffering with both diarrhoea them severe constipation and stomach cramps

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Dr. Andrew Seibert
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
IBS and pregnancy: IBS is actually poorly studied in pregnancy. About 1/3 of pregnant women report constipation, usually late in the pregnancy, and another 1/3 report increased stool frequency. In addition, increased stress during pregnancy can make IBS symptoms worse. Increasing fiber intake often helps. You should increase fluid intake also. If these simple measures don't help, see your Obstetrician. Good luck.

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