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#1 Le-a

Posted 19 February 2013 - 09:37 PM

Hi everyone.

I woke up feeling weak and cruddy this morning and started getting a bit of nausea. I've had a bit of nausea on and off for the past three weeks or so. Then I started vomiting. I never really felt sick or vomited with my pregnancy with DS, so at first I assumed it was a bit of morning sickness, but now, six hours and four vomits later I'm worried I have gastro.

Is there any way other than just time passing that can tell me if I have gastro?

Is gastro dangerous to the pregnancy at this stage?

Should I go to a dr?

Thanks. I just feel so hideous.

#2 libbylu

Posted 19 February 2013 - 09:43 PM

I had gastro at about 30 weeks.  It was hideous.  Fortunately the vomiting only lasted 12 hours and after about 14 hours I was able to keep down some fluids and toast.  I did make a GP appointment, and I think it is probably wise.  She told me the biggest dangers were dehydration - so really make an effort to try to keep down some fluid and get someone to bring you in some rehydration stuff (gastrolite or whatever) and that sometimes later in pregnancy all the bowel activity can trigger prematrue labour.  That didn't happen to me fortunately.  There is not really much else the doc can do.

#3 elizabethany

Posted 19 February 2013 - 09:48 PM

Keep up the fluids (food is not required at this point, but liquid is).  Take really small sips or suck ice cubes.  Gastrolyte/hydrolyte any of those will be easier to keep down, even diluted flat lemonade or clear juice.

If you feel dehydrated, or if you are sick for more than 24 hours, see a doctor.

#4 Coops07

Posted 19 February 2013 - 09:55 PM

I ended up with gastro around 10-11 weeks pregnant. Couldn't keep any fluids down. I went down hill really fast and after speaking to my sister (RN emergency) headed off to hospital. I don't know if was the fact that I was pregnant or the name dropping but I was seen immediately (had high temp and threw up the panadol I was given) and given 2 bags of fluids. After them I felt 100% better and headed home.

If you're concerned seek help from your health care professional..

#5 soapy

Posted 19 February 2013 - 09:58 PM

I had Campylobacter (food posioning usually from chicken) when I was 5 weeks pregnant. I was sick for a week. I was told by the young dr I saw to ring the Womens and Childrens Hospital to see what they thought (Infectious Diseases). They said I should be fine. I guess the main thing is to make sure you are hydrated.

If you feel dehydrated, or if you are sick for more than 24 hours, see a doctor.

I agree.

#6 Andrews mum

Posted 19 February 2013 - 10:05 PM

You need to see a doc to rule out a urinary tract infection, if you have just vomiting and no diarrhoea.  Take it easy, hope you feel better soon.

#7 Goggie

Posted 19 February 2013 - 10:05 PM

QUOTE (soapy @ 19/02/2013, 10:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I had Campylobacter (food posioning usually from chicken) when I was 5 weeks pregnant. I was sick for a week. I was told by the young dr I saw to ring the Womens and Childrens Hospital to see what they thought (Infectious Diseases). They said I should be fine. I guess the main thing is to make sure you are hydrated.

Goodness this sounds like me! I had the same food poisoning before I knew I was pregnant like a week after ovulation. I saw a GP to do a stool test and because we were ttc I said I could be pregnant and wanted some advice. Go see a GP, its true that its mainly dehydration but there are also some medications you can't take at certain trimesters. For example at the time I was advised to take immodium for 24 hours only as the GP would rather I get better asap but that didn't work so I then took lomotil but you can only take that in first trimester.
Gastro is different to food poisoning though so seek medical advice to be sure.

Edit to add: get better soon!

Edited by Goggie, 19 February 2013 - 10:07 PM.

#8 SeaPrincess

Posted 20 February 2013 - 12:25 AM

I had terrible gastro at about 6 weeks pregnant with DD. When DH and then the boys came down with it, knowing it was gastro and not morning sickness got me through it!

#9 madammuck

Posted 20 February 2013 - 01:03 AM

I got gastro at about 14 weeks and it was TERRIBLE. It lasted for about 8 days and completely knocked me on my a$$.

I ended up in hospital for dehydration, and did a stool test because I was concerned it could have been something more serious like food poisoning as it was just lasting for so long, the doctors at the women's hospital explained that it's harder to shake because your immune system is low while pregnant, so don't be concerned if you can't get over it as quickly as usual.

Hope you're feeling better soon

#10 caroldiem

Posted 20 February 2013 - 05:19 AM

I think i am suffering the same thing started last night horrible pains in stomach, cramping, nausea all i feel like doing is vomiting sad.gif better call my OB in a few hours this sucks sad.gif

#11 againagain

Posted 20 February 2013 - 08:31 AM

I had gastro when I was 12 weeks with one of mine. I was really sick for 12 or so hours, but for three or four days afterwards I was nauseas, couldn't eat, dizzy and very tired.

Nothing wrong with the baby though, thankfully.

#12 RipeWickedPlum

Posted 20 February 2013 - 08:32 AM

I had it this pregnancy before I knew I was pregnant. It was hell on earth. I haven't ever felt so weak...
I was wondering why I took forever to actually get better and why it hit me so hard and then 3 days later I got my BFP.

I hope you feel better soon OP.

#13 Jess1308

Posted 20 February 2013 - 08:34 AM

I had gastro at 19 weeks when pregnant with my son. Went to the GP who checked bub and me, also got a shot of maxilon to stop the vomiting.

#14 livvie7586

Posted 20 February 2013 - 09:51 AM

i had basic run-of-the-mill gastro this time around at 5-6 weeks, luckily it was short lived (24 hours of absolute miserable yuck, then 24-ish hours of just not being quite right).  i did end up at the doctors but there was nothing much they could do for me.

Any worse than the above, though, and things like maxalon help (had a horrible case at 38 weeks with DD, ended up on a drip and all), so as PP have said if you start to feel dehydrated/worse, see someone

#15 sophiasmum

Posted 20 February 2013 - 01:50 PM

In my last pregnancy I had gastro in the form of diarrhoea at 9 wks, it wouldn't stop so I went to ED & they reassured me that whilst it's inconvenient for me there is no harm to the baby & in fact the baby still gets all the nutrients it needs from me.

Later in the pregnancy I had gastro as vomitting which was more awful than morning sickness but thankfully it stopped after 24 hrs, although it took a bit longer for me to get my energy & appetite back.

#16 scruff101

Posted 20 February 2013 - 06:19 PM

I had gastro at around 14 weeks - it was horrendous in that I could not stop vomiting (was vomiting every 5-10 minutes).  I was also still suffering morning sickness.  I knew it was not morning sickness as I was constantly bringing up stuff whereas morning sickness I basically dry wretched every single time - sorry, a little TMI there.

I ended up in ED and went through 3 bags of fluids, plus given anti nausea meds.  It took me a few days longer to recover than previous gastro episodes.

Hope you're feeling better soon.

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