Laura Hamilton, known for her property expertise on the Channel 4 show, has been open about her IBS which she admitted “eased up” after the birth of her two children, Rocco and Thalia. IBS, which stands for irritable bowel syndrome, is a condition that affects the digestive syndrome, causing symptoms such as stomach cramp and diarrhoea.
Full list of symptoms of IBS
The main symptoms of the condition are listed by the NHS as:
- Stomach pain or cramps – usually worse after eating and better after doing a poo
- Bloating – your tummy may feel uncomfortably full and swollen
- Diarrhoea – you may have watery poo and sometimes need to poo suddenly
- Constipation – you may strain when pooing and feel like you cannot empty your bowels fully
There may be days when symptoms are better and days when they’re worse.
They may also be triggered by food and drink.
The health body also lists other symptoms as:
- Farting (flatulence)
- Passing mucus from your bottom
- Tiredness and a lack of energy
- Feeling sick (nausea)
- Problems peeing – like needing to pee often, sudden urges to pee, and feeling like you cannot fully empty your bladder
- Not always being able to control when you poo (incontinence)
People with IBS should avoid delaying or skipping meals, eating too quickly and eating lots of fatty, spicy or processed foods.
Eating more than three portions of fresh fruit a day is also advised against, as well as drinking more than three cups of tea or coffee a day, and drinking lots of alcohol or fizzy drinks.
People with particularly bad symptoms can buy a key from The IBS Network Shop or Disability Rights UK shop to access public toilets if symptoms kick in while away from home.
If you suspect you have IBS, speak to your GP.