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Posted by: Concerned | 2011-06-02

Can it be serius

Hi Doc,

I have a colleague who is alsmost 6 months preggies, she is overweight, she has been having a diarrhea for about 4/5 weeks now(she did go to the doctor after the 3rd week who gave her Immodium pills and some omega3 pills) recently her face gets swollen, she struggles to walk and she has a sleeping problem (you can chat to her and she''''ll fall asleep, she falls asleep while working - luckily we not doing any dangerous job)

She eats a lot espicially junk food, I have advised her to stop but she doesnt want to, she also drinks a lot of energade (she doesnt drink water probably a cup or 3)

Is immodium safe to take for a longer period?
Is drinking energade safe for the baby?
Could she be in any kind of risk with the swollen face, being overweight, not healthy?

She''s 25yrs old

Please help

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Your colleague is definately at risk for some serious health issues. She needs to contact her doctor as soon as possible for various blood tests, as well as a full examination of mother and baby. A detailed ultrasound will be the best way to examine the unborn child.

Diarrhea for such a long time needs to be treated adequately and long-term Immodium use will only mask the symptoms. She is at risk of becoming severely dehydrated.

Being overweight puts her at further risk to develop diabetes during pregnancy.

Energade will not be detramental to her health.

Encourage your colleague to consult a doctor as soon as possible.

Regards



Dr Anrich

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