Has your digestive system changed since having children? Are you bent over and in pain? Do you have diarrhoea, constipation and bloating? Sounds like IBS, but why does it seem to happen after women have their children?
“Irritable bowel” or IBS can be recognised by one or more of the following symptoms:
- abdominal (gut) pain and discomfort
- wind (burping or flatulence)
- abdominal distension (bloating)
- altered bowel habit (ranging from diarrhoea to constipation, or alternating between the two).
Some of the factors contributing to IBS can be foods, stress, altered digestive bacteria, medications and caffeine. IBS is more commonly diagnosed amongst women than men, usually between the ages of 30 and 50 years.
If we shine a light on these facts and risk factors, it might seem that a Mum is lucky not to suffer from IBS! Changes in diet are common after childbirth with mums often fitting their food in around the needs and wants of the rest of the family. Stress can play a huge role in how your digestive system reacts to food, and can include lack of sleep, concern about children and all those other worries that go hand in hand with being a parent. Tummy bugs and increased antibiotic use alter the balance of healthy gut bacteria. And caffeine, well where would most parents be without it?
If this sounds like you then the first thing to know is that you are not alone. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is one the most common disorders of the gut and affects the health and well-being millions of people around the world every day.
One in seven adults suffers from the debilitating symptoms.
Why don’t we hear more about IBS? Like everyone else with the condition, you probably don’t like to talk about your bowels, bowel movements, farting problems or constipation. So you soldier on by putting up with pain and frequent discomfort. What to do, what to do?
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Blogged by Kerith Duncanson – June 2015