Can I Take Immodium for Diarrhea

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
My name is Emilia. I am 7 weeks pregnant and I have had diarrhea off and on for the past week and a half. I am concerned and do not know if it is safe to take any anti-diarrheal medicine like Immodium. What do you suggest? Thank you for considering this question.

ANSWER

We don't usually recommend Immodium during pregnancy, but this is something you should discuss with your provider. Usually, the symptoms resolve fairly soon unless you have an infection or bacteria in your intestines, in which case we WANT you to have diarrhea, so you can get the buggies away from your baby. Sounds terrible, but I hope you understand what I mean. Once the infection clears your system, the baby will be protected and you'll be fine. Good luck!

-- Cynthia, CNM

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.