Diarrhoea During Pregnancy

Is it safe to take IMODIUM® when you are pregnant?

Most over-the-counter medicines including IMODIUM® aren’t recommended during pregnancy or breastfeeding. If you’re experiencing uncomfortable diarrhoea you should consult your doctor for advice.There are also other ways of relieving symptoms that maybe you haven’t thought about.

Diarrhoea & Pregnancy

Your baby is much more sensitive than you, so if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you need to be careful about what you put in your body. This means you will need to avoid many over-the-counter medicines.

If you are unwell, you should consult your doctor or midwife first, and find out what options are available. Your doctor may decide to write you a prescription for a medicine suitable during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Or they may recommend an alternative treatment, some of which can be very effective.

Here are a few suggestions:

  • Take plenty of rest, as you will almost certainly feel tired.
  • Drink as much water or clear fluids as possible. If you have the appetite, you could try juices and soups too.
  • Eat small, light meals, including carbohydrate-rich foods, such as bread, potatoes, pasta or rice. Try to avoid rich or spicy foods.
  • A daily probiotic yoghurt or drink can help your digestive system get back to normal.
  • Give yourself enough time to recover.

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Research suggests up to one in ten people could suffer from diarrhoea quite frequently. Are you one of them?

Diarrhoea is a very common ailment for pregnant women. If you experience recurring bouts of diarrhoea and it never seems to clear up properly, you are probably experiencing pregnancy associated diarrhoea. Whilst IMODIUM® isn’t recommended during pregnancy or breast-feeding, please see our section on frequent diarrhoea to find out more.

Dr Christian Jessen does not endorse any brands.

You can experience diarrhoea during pregnancy. You should tell your doctor.