(Closed) Any pregnant bees out there having trouble with dairy?

posted 7 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
2651 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Catholic Church

I’m having a little trouble with dairy, but I started out mildly lactose intolerant prior to pregnancy. I haven’t tried taking lactase because I don’t love dairy all that much and can just live without it, but I don’t see why it shouldn’t work for you. My dad and one of my cousins swear by it and my dad has BAD problems with dairy.

Post # 4
1285 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I have trouble with some dairy, but not all. It is so weird, certain cheeses (like mozarella, parm and cheddar) bloat me like a balloon, but muenster and mexican cheeses are fine. Also, yogurt just kills me, but drinking milk is OK.

Until I learned from trial and error, I cut out the dairy and started taking calcium supplements and finding calcium alternatives (hot chocolate is a great source!).

It isn’t uncommont to have pregnancy induced lactose intolerance, and then for it to resolve after the baby is born.

Post # 5
993 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I am/was lactose intolerant (I’ve been craving cheese and milk through my pregnancy even though it often upsets my stomach) and through natural trial and error there are certain things I gravitate to when I want something creamy. 

Yogurt is easy for me to digest, apparently because the lactose is already broken down by the culture in the yogurt?  Either that or the “bioactives” help me digest it.  I cook with plain greek yogurt alot instead of cream in recipes (just make sure your bring it up to the same temperature as what you’re cooking slowly or it will separate).  This is the opposite of PP though so you’ll have to figure out what works for you.

Trying to get milk in daily has always been a challenge – I substitute soy or almond milk in hot chocolate or a chai latte.  I can’t drink a plan glass of any of it.  I also make my own almond milk for cereal when I’m ambitious – soak blanched almonds in water overnight, blend, add honey and strain it.  

Goat cheese – the spreadable stuff – comes in very mild flavoured varieties or sometimes with herbs/fruit/nuts mixed it – great on crackers.  Aged cheeses are THE WORST and aren’t worth the gas, I just stick to mild new cheese when I need it.

When I just plain old want something delicious like mac n cheese or a grilled cheese sandwich there are certain pairings that upset my stomach less – whole wheat or spelt pasta or a heavy multigrain bread help.  Also lessens the heartburn.

Good luck!

Post # 6
854 posts
Busy bee

I’m lactose intolerant and it always seems worse when pregnant. I avoid dairy as much as I can  although I have ice cream every now and then. I definitely pay for it after though

Post # 7
408 posts
Helper bee

Interesting for me to read. I’m allergic or depending on the source have Milk Protein Intolerance (since birth) to Casien. My tall blond very polish/german looking OBGYN wants me to take 2000 mg of calcium a day because dairy is soooo vital and otherwise I’ll break a hip at 35 or something. As a compromise I started drinking almond milk (chocolate for me) and it might work for you guys that are missing dairy. I only ever liked ice cream and chocolate milk as a kid so that and the very occasional coconut milk ice cream sort of is all my substitutions. I do think coconut milk icecream is BETTER then dairy, but some of that might be that I can breath through my nose after. 

Post # 8
1348 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m only 7 weeks and I’ve never had any issues with dairy before, but recently certain things have been making me sick with an awful stomach ache and gas. For example, straight up milk, ice cream, and cheese all seem to give me issues. But yogurt so far hasn’t… and specifically colby jack cheese… I might try the lactose and see how it helps! 

Post # 9
2716 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I didn’t really have an issue while pregnant (milk was a huge aversion, even though I love it). I had an issue about 5-6 weeks after giving birth. I will get stomach aches occasionally when I eat dairy. I try to limit my dairy intake, but sometimes I just want some, so I’ll eat it and deal with the pain. I’m really not sure if it’s lactose intolerance or what, but it’s annoying and painful! 

Post # 10
9806 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I didn’t, I drank a LOT of milk because it helped my upset stomach.  I used to crave milk in college when I was hungover for the same reason.  I ate a lot of cheese too. 

But dairy can be more difficult to digest for a lot of people so it’s not surprising.

I would just try different types and see if you can tolerate them.  If not, just look for some alternatives (I like almond milk) and make sure you are getting calcium from somewhere (there are a lot of other sources besides dairy) or taking a supplement.

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