(Closed) Mamas–Lactose Intolerance During Pregnancy?

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@Mrs Sarah McK:  I wasn’t lactose intolerant, but milk did make me very sick, just like you described for quite a few weeks.  Remind me how far along you are?  I wondered the very same thing, but somewhere around 20+ weeks, I was able to drink milk/eat milk products again like normal.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I’ve actually experienced the opposite issue.  Was allergic (think hives) to dairy before pregnancy, and now I can’t get enough.  However, I’ve read in lots of my books that dairy is a really polarizing item during pregnancy, and it’s not uncommon for an intolerance to pop up (or go away).  And it may not be permanent.  My Mayo clinic book says your ability to digest lactose may increase as the pregnancy progresses.  Are you still in your first tri?  If so, I think there’s a decent chance that the reaction may pass as any nausea/morning sickness dissipates.  I know my aversions could really change week to week.

And I don’t think you have to worrry about baby being intolerant, I would guess it’s just a pregnancy thing.

Post # 6
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I got sick off of milk while i was pregnant

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@MerryC:  Oh I would love it if I could be NOT lactose intolerant while pregnant! I can’t offer any advice to the original  poster but it sure would be great to eat ice cream and cheese without a stomach ache for a while!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Mrs Sarah McK:    I’ve had a similar issue, although not quite to the extreme you have!   I don’t drink milk on its own but have always enjoyed it with cereal, along with ice cream, yogurt, and cheese with no real issues.  Occasional digestive issues (in the forms of backing everything up – sorry, TMI) would occur if I ate too much but nothing significant.  

Once getting pregnant though, I’ve noticed some pretty big changes with this, but it seems to come and go.  For the first several weeks of pregnancy, I couldn’t get enough of frozen pizza (obviously a fair amount of cheese there) and was having ice cream on occasion in addition to milk in my cereal.  However, around the 12 week mark up until about 16 – 17 weeks, dairy started making me sick.  Not all dairy, but specifically ice cream and cereal in my milk.  I also stopped eating all yogurt around then so I’m not sure of the effect that would have had.   It didn’t make me actually throw up but it gave me such a stomachache and I bloated out like you wouldn’t believe.    

I just assumed it was lactose intolerance setting in as my mom became lactose intolerant around this time as well, but in the past 2 – 3 weeks, I’ve gone back on dairy and it has been fine.  I’m eating milk with cereal every morning, frozen yogurt pops every night, and normal amounts of cheese.   I still stay away from ice cream as I think that’s just too heavy and is probably what caused some of my issues earlier, but frozen yogurt seems to be going over well.

I can’t answer for what happens after pregnancy as I’m only 20 weeks now, but hopefully you get back to normal soon!  It might just be a temporary fluctuation that will go away soon.  Maybe try introducing a tiny bit of light dairy back into your diet in a week’s time?  If it’s no good, maybe try again the next week, etc?  

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

That’s crazy– I am experiencing the exact opposite. I was lactose intolerant before getting pregnant, now I eat ice cream/cereal allll the time– I missed it so much! Do you have something in your stomach before you eat dairy? The doc should be able to give you some Lactaid to help!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

If it really is like pregnancy induced lactose intolerance, goat cheese is much easier on the stomach, as are most hard aged cheeses like aged cheddar. Low fat cheese, like low fat cheddar, is the worst (delicious but makes my bloat like I’m 6 mos pregnant already!) Coconut ice cream is delicious, and i prefer almond milk over soy. Hope that helps a little as you adjust 🙂

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