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Pregnant. On an estrogen patch. Increased progesterone level. Reason for having cramps?

Mar 2013
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I am 5 weeks pregnant. currently i am on an estrogen patch and my progestrone was increased last week to 2x per day. Last week every time i ate, right after i would have to run to the bathroom with stomach cramps like I had to poop. I did. It came out soft and sometimes watery. I loaded up on water so i wouldnt dehydrate and started eating toast, bananas and rice, broth for a few days. I am not pooping as much but after I eat..maybe about and hour to two hours i get the cramps like I have to go. lately only a little has come out or nothing. Its getting to be very frustrating and not sure what else I can do.
Posted Thu, 31 Oct 2013 in Pregnancy
Answered by Dr. Aarti Abraham 27 minutes later
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Thanks for your query.
It appears as if you have gastroenteritis.
This is an infection of the bowel, leading to diarrhoea and cramps.
Mostly this subsides on its own with proper hydration, and light bland diet such as toast, rice, yoghurt, broth etc.
However, since this has persisted for a week now, please consult your doctor and insist on a stool examination - routine / microscopic plus stool culture.
This would reveal any offending pathogen, and might guide the use of further antibiotics if required.
Also , you have not mentioned why estrogen and progesterone is being given to you, please provide those details.
Please ensure that you are drinking lots of fluids - water, buttermilk, soups, fruit juices etc, broth etc, as such cramps and watery stools can lead to dehydration.
All the best.
Please feel to ask further follow up questions.
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Follow-up: Pregnant. On an estrogen patch. Increased progesterone level. Reason for having cramps? 3 minutes later
My doctor has me on the estrogen patch and the crinone progesterone gel because I am pregant. my last patch is today. however, i have to continue the crinone until she tells me to stop.

Would it help to eat yogurt like activia to regulate my digestive system? how long should i eat these bland foods.
Answered by Dr. Aarti Abraham 10 minutes later
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For a normal , non high risk pregnancy, generally the estrogen and Crinone gel are not prescribed.
Also, it will definitely help to eat yoghurt , it would contribute towards clearing the infection, as well as proving easy on your gut during pregnancy.
The bland diet should continue for atleast a week more, till the symptoms disappear.
All the best.
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