Does Irritable Bowel Syndrome Affect Pregnancy?
IBS is a group of symptoms affecting your large intestines. It’s usually harmless, though could be very bothersome during flare-up. As with most health conditions, it’s important to make sure that it’s treated as well so you can live normally. It’s more common in women, and therefore you may wonder whether it can affect pregnancy?
The top leading symptoms of this syndrome are abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, gas, and bloating. These symptoms typically improve after a bowel movement — the symptoms are closely associated with changes of your bowel habits.
So does it have an effect on pregnancy?
While many experts have acknowledged that changes of pregnancy hormone may have an effect on irritable bowel syndrome, unfortunately there is still no consensus (clearly answer) as to what that impact will be!
It seems predicting whether or not your symptoms will improve during pregnancy is a bit of crapshoot.
The drastically hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy often lead to gastrointestinal distress. But this can affect both for those with and without IBS.
Interestingly, while some women patients with spastic colon report that the symptoms get worse during pregnancy, others don’t. This suggests that how the syndrome progresses during pregnancy may vary
Also, the inconstancy of IBS symptoms may also vary from pregnancy to pregnancy. For example, if you are pregnant for the second time, your IBS symptoms may be different to your first pregnancy.
In addition, the symptoms are likely to get worse during menstrual periods. For this issue, read more detailed information on this section!
Some women report that they have common symptoms of IBS and then they may think that they have it. If you are still not diagnosed with this syndrome and you wonder whether or not you have it, consult with a doctor (gastroenterologist) for accurate diagnosis.
Pregnancy complications due to IBS are not fully known yet.
Although some studies suggest that the syndrome might increase the risk of ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage, but there is still no adequate scientific evidence to confirm this – more research is needed (reference)!
However being pregnant with IBS could be more challenging. So it’s important to work with your doctor before and during pregnancy.
It’s clear that women are twice as likely to have this syndrome. Many statistics record that most patients of this syndrome is not men – but women.
While pregnancy hormones may have a role to trigger more flare-ups in some cases, but experts have confirmed that pregnancy doesn’t have a role to make IBS more likely.
Even the exact cause of this syndrome is also still not known. But there are some theories. The most popular one, the wrong way of signals sent from the brain to the gut!
Moreover, some experts believe that IBS runs in families. In other words, if you have a family history of the condition, your risk of having the same condition is higher than others.
The answer is likely ‘No’. There is no direct link between spastic colon and the woman’s reproductive organs.