Food poisoning during pregnancy: treatment, prevention
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It is hardly possible to imagine a happier person than a pregnant woman. A rounded tummy, a slightly shaky gait and radiant eyes. During this period of time, a future mother especially attentively pays attention to what she eats and drinks. Balanced nutrition is the guarantee of a healthy intrauterine development of the baby. So, it is highly necessary to include in the menu only healthy, nourishing and high-quality foods.
The family of a pregnant woman tries to choose the best foods for the future mother, that is why in her diet may appear exotic fruits, vegetables or seafood. Delivery of these products to supermarkets can last quite a long time, and in order to keep the products fresh the manufacturers generously add antibiotics and other chemical components to them. The result of eating overseas and sometimes even local foods can be a serious food poisoning.
Symptoms of food poisoning in pregnant women:
Food poisoning of a pregnant woman is no different from other people:
- Feeling of fatigue and exhaustion;
- Pain in the stomach;
- Frequent stool;
- Bloating and gas in the intestines;
- Change in blood pressure;
- Sometimes fainting.
Why is food poisoning in pregnant women especially dangerous?
The cause of food poisoning in pregnant women is E. coli, which provokes intestinal infection. However, future mothers can be reassured - the causative agent of food poisoning cannot leave the gastrointestinal tract. This means that the E. coli does not penetrate the placenta and does not harm the baby. But this does not mean that the general malaise will not affect the development of the fetus.
Firstly: diarrhea and vomiting lead to body dehydration, which causes blood in the body to condense. Consequently, the blood flow to the fetus slows down, and there is a risk of blood clots.
Secondly: a gag reflex provokes contractions of the uterus, which increases the likelihood of miscarriage.
Thirdly: with the water, the future mother loses the accumulated vitamins and minerals. In addition, there is a general intoxication of the body.
First aid for poisoning during pregnancy
The only right and the most important rule of treating any illness during pregnancy is the exclusion of any special medications before the doctor's recommendations. Before receiving qualified medical help, you can drink only water, and when vomiting stops, you can take an enterosorbent.
Together with PECTIN COMPLEX you need to use special salt solutions, sold at pharmacy. They will replenish the sodium-potassium balance. If the state of health of a pregnant woman is not normalized, and vomiting and diarrhea only increase, call ambulance immediately, because you are responsible for the health of your future baby.
Diet after food poisoning
To restore the proper functioning of stomach and intestines after a food poisoning, a pregnant woman should adhere to certain dietary rules.
In the first days after the disease, do not load the digestive system with heavy and fatty foods. Exclude from your diet dishes of animal origin, milk, as well as raw fruit and vegetables. It is recommended to eat rice and oatmeal porridge, low-fat chicken broth, wheat bread and strong tea.
Preventing food poisoning during pregnancy
Poisonings, like other diseases, can be prevented. It is necessary to avoid canned products, especially mushrooms. Their toxins are the most dangerous for a future mother; fatty and fried foods, sausages are not recommended, because a lot of energy is required for their digestion and they usually contain some artificial compounds. You should exclude from your menu all kinds of fast food, because eating them you are exposed to a risk of food poisoning.
Pregnancy is a wonderful period of time when you should treat yourself with maximum attention. Eat delicious, healthy and balanced food. Take care of your health and the health of your future baby because his immune system is formed exactly in this period of time.