New here and this is my first post. I'm wondering if any women here have experience being a pregnant ostomate?
I'm 20 weeks now and having near constant problems with partial blockages and terrible gas build up. I was hospitalized for 3 days last week with a blockage, and my system STILL doesn't seem to be functioning normally. I seem to have gas pressure all the time and everything feels sluggish. It's leading to trouble eating because I'm nervous of causing another blockage, or I just feel too bloated to eat anything. I'm starting to worry about not getting enough nutrition to baby. For example, all I ate all day today was two pieces of toast. That's NOT enough food when you're pregnant ☹️
I've struggled with partial blockages since getting my ostomy in 2009, and the only relief I ever experienced was when I went on the keto diet for 2.5 years. My gut health was amazing and had zero blockages during that time.
Are these issues possibly a consequence of my intestines being squished by my growing uterus? Has anyone else dealt with this? How did you handle it? Any suggestions at all on what I can do to mitigate this? I'm convinced I need to go keto again but it's not recommended during pregnancy. But I'm really miserable and uncomfortable and I'm only half way through this pregnancy.