19 May 2016
There are a number of nutritional factors to consider during pregnancy. Such as:
This is why consulting with a dietitian is very important whether you are following a low FODMAP diet or not.
Some women that suffer from IBS note a change in their
symptoms when pregnant. For some, this can be an improvement, for others an
exacerbation. Frequently we observe that in women with diarrhoea-predominant IBS,
their bowel habits improve. Because of this, they are able to introduce some
moderate to high FODMAP-containing foods into their diet without significant
symptoms. This is likely to be due to the following:
In contrast, in those with constipatory-IBS, constipation can be further exacerbated when pregnant. It is therefore extremely important that you have adequate water and fibre in your diet, and you follow appropriate exercise practices during pregnancy. This should help to keep your bowels moving. But, if this is not enough, please see your doctor for further advice.
We have not conducted studies using the low FODMAP diet in pregnant women, and do not recommend it as a dietary therapy for pregnancy. Also, it is not a diet that should be commenced during pregnancy, but this information may be helpful to those already on the diet who may fall pregnant, as it is possible that there are changes to your food sensitivities during this time. It is important that you discuss possible food re-introductions with your dietitian.
For more information on healthy eating during pregnancy please refer here