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34th week of pregnancy, have loose stools. On Adalat to avoid preterm labor. Should I worry ?

Hi, i am into my 34 week pf pregnancy & for the past 3-4 weeks am having loose stools, on some days i pass stool atleast 3 times. I am on Adalat to avoid preterm labour. I have already repirte this to my gynae & he was concerned about it, should i be concerned as i feel whatever i eat is immediately being expelled by my body & baby is not getting enough nutrients, baby's weight is also on the lower side. Please help...thanks
Asked On : Sat, 6 Apr 2013
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Hi and thanks for the query,
Having lose stools on pregnancy for sure deserves a proper evaluation. It shall be important to know if you have had any recent change in diet, any other symptoms like abdominal pain and fever, and whether the stools contain blood or not. It s important to get these lose stools stopped because it could lead to dehydration and even malnutrition with repercussions on the baby for sure.
I suggest a proper stool examination, a stool culture and an evaluation of the diet for any recent changes and exclusion of intolerance to any particular foods. A coordinated collaboration between a gastroenterologist and your gynecologist would be worthwhile if symptoms are actually persistent.
However, it could be important now to monitor the baby s weight with repeat obstetric ultrasounds.
thanks and best regards,
Luchuo, MD.
Answered: Sat, 6 Apr 2013
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