20 Weeks Pregnancy Update – Coping with Gastroenitis

I can’t believe how quickly this pregnancy is going. I thought I’d do a quick update but I’m going to be using words like ‘diarrhoea’ and ‘vomit’ quite frequently, so if you don’t have the stomach for it, don’t read on.. You’ve been warned!

Last weekend I attended the Baby & Toddler Show event in Manchester and had the most amazing time talking to owners of some of my most loved baby brands until I started getting very intense stomach cramps.

I ended up leaving early as I had a two hour journey home and I just wanted to get home as quickly as possible.

I got home around half four, and my stomach cramps had started to ease off but I did not feel well at all. I spent the rest of the evening laid up on the sofa.

Around nine o clock I got myself to bed and put on The Office, I’ve been religiously watching The Office every night for the last couple of months. And I also love how often they talk about breastfeeding in it too, any show that promotes breastfeeding gets a thumbs up from me.

I’m not quite sure what time I ended up falling asleep but I woke up around 2am with the worst stomach cramps I’d ever experienced ( minus labour cramps of course ) they shot all the way around to my back and I had a sudden urge to go to the bathroom…

I found myself going to the bathroom every half an hour from then on until around 7:30am.

Not only had I suffered diarrhoea but I had the whole sha-bang gastroenitis

Gastroenteritis is inflammation of your stomach or bowels and symptoms include diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting, headaches, muscle and joint aches and pains, fever or chills, sweating, abdominal cramps and loss of appetite.

I ticked all those boxes. My husband took the day off so he could look after the children so I could rest up in bed, I called the maternity triage at the hospital to let them know as I wasn’t sure if it could be harmful to my unborn baby. The midwife I spoke to was lovely and wanted to make sure that the pains I was experiencing wasn’t labour pains as she was worried I could be in preterm labour. But they were most definitely not. She advised me to drink plenty of fluids and also to drink Lucozade Sport as they contain the right amount of salts and sugars and are designed to rehydrate.

That evening I was still no better, if anything I was getting worse, I was running back and forth to the bathroom every ten minutes ( no exaggeration) until 2am when I decided to give the maternity triage another call. The midwife who I spoke to this time seemed quite uneducated and spoke very bitterly. She advised me that drinking fluids was the worst thing for me and I should definitely not be drinking Lucozade Sport. She went on to advise me to suck on some ice if my mouth felt dry but not to eat or drink anything until I had seen a doctor. Everyone knows that keeping hydrated is a must when you have diarrhoea right?

8:30am Wednesday morning I still managed zero sleep as was still back and forth to the bathroom every ten minutes, I called the doctors to make an appointment to see my doctor and they managed to book me one for midday.

Around 10am I managed to doze off which I was then woke up at half 11 by my husband letting me know the time so I could get ready to go.

The Doctor I saw was lovely, and she advised me everything that the first midwife I had spoken to had said. I was prescribed some codeine for my pain but she couldn’t prescribe me dioralyte due to a reaction that I had previously had that I remember nothing about.

Another five days has passed and I am still no better. I don’t have a fever anymore but I’m still suffering all other symptoms and I have lost a whopping 1st2lbs. Who needs Slimming World? My husband is back at work today as he cannot afford to take anymore time off. I just wish I had family around me to help with the children. Trying to look after two children under the age of three whilst suffering with gastroenteritis is more than a challenge and feels like some kind of cruel torture.

Gastroenteritis can last up to ten days, so If I’m still no better in a few days I’ll be booking another appointment to see the Doctor. But on the plus side I have my 20 week scan in a couple of days.



  1. Lauren
    October 9, 2018 / 10:38 pm

    God sounds like you’re having a lovely time! Hope you feel better soon! Gastroenteritis on a good day is horrible, let alone when you’re pregnant xxxx

    • crazytots2018
      October 10, 2018 / 10:18 am

      Thank you. It really has been awful. I have never suffered anything for this period of time before xx

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