Post # 1
I’ve suffered from IBS-C for about 4 years now and am slowly learning how to control it, however I do occasionally flare up really badly and go from 0 to 6 months pregnant in 30minutes.
My wedding is in a years time but I’m starting to look at wedding dresses now. I have noticed from trying them on, that if I were to have an attack I will be in alot of pain and unable to do anything about it. This is because of alot of pressure around my stomach.
I know from past experience that fit and flare dress that sit in my natural waist (above my belly button and below my rips) are much more tollerable with an expanding waistline.
Apart from Fit and Flare and Ballgowns, are there any other styles that might reduce discomfort and hide a petruding belly?
And also, has anyone taken any medications (pricription or over the counter) that work well for preventative and/or quick relief of severe bloating/distention?
THANKYOU IN ADVANCE!
Post # 2
- Wedding: June 2014 - Gold Hill Gardens
Natural waist dresses or even empire waists would probably work for you . . . My dress is described as empire, but I think it’s more of a natural waist. You can look at my profile to see it . . . I’ve posted a couple of threads about it, including photos. Good luck!
Post # 3
I adjust my diet for my IBS . It works way better for me than any medication, tbh. I haven’t worn tight pants or pants at my waistline for years because of it, and I find 1950’s styles both super flattering as well as super comfy. Good luck!
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2014 - SPRING VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB
I have IBS and GERD. I chose a very form fitting dress. But i have adjusted my diet and will be doing a raw fruit and veggie cleanse in a month. I totally understand your issues, and why you are a bit worried. I was having a HUGE bloat day the day i actually tried on my gown.
Try a dress that is loose in the belly area. Maybe a high waited ball gown, or something a-line?
Don’t let the IBS kepp you from your dress!!! Good Luck
Post # 5
I don’t have IBS so I can’t relate, but that sounds really unpleasant and I hope you don’t need to worry about it on your wedding day 🙁 I have heard some people have great luck with cutting certain trigger foods out of their diets, so maybe that would be something to experiment with now, if you haven’t already.
What about a corset back dress? Then you could let it out a little on the day if needed?
Post # 6
LibrarianBride: I have been looking at corset backs but it does seem to limit styles a lot.
I have been trying to cut out trigger foods as much as possible but I think my biggest concern is if the reception outs something in my food that I can’t handle. The worst part is that after eliminating food for a long time, if I accidentally eat it there is a 50% chance of no reaction and a 50% chance of a very bad reaction.
Post # 7
- Wedding: October 2014 - Disney
I personally dont believe IBS exists. Have you been to a gastroenterologist? IBS is typically undiagnosed celiac, crohns, ulcerative colitis, or food intolerances. Cut the bad food and you’ll stop having flares. I was told for years I had IBS it was bullshit I had celiac that almost killed me.
Post # 8
dewingedpixie: I have been to an gastroenterologist, gone for blood tests, had ultrasounds, gone on speciel diets and so on. I’m about to go have another ultrasound to check for cancer (even though if it was, I wouldn’t still be here).
I have lactose intollerance/milk protein allergy.
No Celiac/Gluten Intollerance.
And my doctor has ruled out everything else for whatever reasons.
I respect that you don’t believe it exists. However, it’s the diagnoses that makes the most sense with the prevention that works (most of the time)
Post # 9
dewingedpixie: my IBS and GERD diagnosis works for me. I too saw a gastroenterologist for my diagnosis, I avoid trigger foods and am mostly asymptomatic unless I eat one of my big triggers. my quality of life works for me. The once or twice a year I flare up is not the biggest deal in the world, if it were more frequent or long lasting I could understand asking for more tests.
i also know I am lactose intolerant and like most lactose intolerant people, I can eat a small amount of dairy and still be fine. For me that varies based on time of day and type of dairy.
It sounds as though your diagnosis was an improper one for you, and I am sorry you had to put up with years of untreated celiac disease – but my diagnosis has worked for me for over 10 years and while I understand how IBS must be something you are bitter about, I honestly can’t understand how you can tell other people on the internet – without meeting them – that their medical conditions they have sought professional help for are not real.
Post # 10
- Wedding: October 2014 - Disney
babeba: It wasnt just my miss diagnosis. My mother and my best friend had celiac missdiagnosed. Another 2 friends of mine had massive issues with food that were cleared up through elimination diets. My exhusband was diagnosed with eosinophilic enteritis, his mom had ulcerative colitis. My grandmother they now suspect has celiac, her husband was told IBS turned out to be diverticulitis. All of these people had been told IBS and ended up having forms of IBD or food intolerances. I’ve also read a great deal on the subject and there is a good ammount of research if you dig through scholarly journals supporting that IBS maybe what they call stomach distress when they dont know whats wrong. I’m not saying their isnt IBS but I think it is a catch all that is used way too often and is likely a number of issues that cant be explained without a lot of testing that a lot of doctors dont care about. Until they find an actual test rather than ruling everything else out I dont consider it an actual diagnosis its just a catch all for we dont know what is wrong with you other than your digestion isnt happy. Eventually a test or criteria may come Fibromyalgia has tests now, Psoriatic Arthritis has criteria for diagnosis now, etc. I think in the end though better criteria for other issues will come about and IBS will disapear being reclassified by a number of other digestive problems. Celiac was known 200 years ago as the wasting disease along with crohns, now we know they are 2 entirely different nasty diseases. This is what will happen with IBS we will find out these are cases of x, y, z that werent diagnosed correctly.
I also 100% believe in nasty GERD. My daughter has gerd and eosinophillic esophagitis her stupid pediatrition tried to tell me IBS too but having celiac I marched her butt into a gastro instead.
Post # 11
- Wedding: June 2014 - San Francisco, CA
Try something A-line … they tend to be flattering in general, AND would give you “room” if that extra bite of wedding cake set you off. My friend has IBS, and sometimes she just says “Fuck it. Not worth restricting XYZ today” and dives in. That might happen! You never know. Good luck!
Post # 12
LJ2LL: An A-line gown with a natural waist.
I get really bloated when I eat processed carbs (which I’ve just about completely cut out of my diet), so I understand your pain.
This is my dress:
The dress is tightest at my natural waist, which is above the tummy and conceals any bulge I would possibly have. Since it hits at the smallest part of your body (i.e. natural waist), it makes you appear slimmer and enhances an hour glass figure.
I’d go for something with this kind of shape.
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Post # 14
So, back on topic… I utilized ruching to help my mid-section bloat from IBS and also have a corset back. You can often get a dress with a zipper changed to a corset if you feel limited. 🙂
Post # 15
You could try probiotics and enteric coated peppermint oil. Also inulin fibre is helpful. You could try an elimination diet like getting rid of dairy or gluten and see if it helps at all. Drink a lot of water. Maybe try cutting caffiene, sugar and cruciferous veg. Also I know it looks crazy but the squatty potty has really, really helped my IBS.
As for what I did for a wedding dress… well… really intense spanx and a corset style dress. I was lucky I didn’t flare up that day.