Also,any advice???? I drink a ton of water, I eat veggies, I exercise, I eat the occasional prune.
BUT OUCH. Help!
if it were me, i would use an otc stool softner. ask your ob/midwife to make sure it's ok. if it's gotten to that point i don't know that anything will help other than a product like that.
to keep it better in the future, try apples, too, prunes like you are, prune juice. you might want to take fewer prenatal vitamins, the iron is what bothers most people.
Frannie, you must be so uncomfortable. I'm sorry!
I would definitely use a stool softener at this point. In fact, the prenatal vitamins I took last pregnancy (rx) had a stool softener in them as part of the vitamin. I looked up what was in them and bought that type when I switched to OTC vitamins. It was the equivalent of dulcalax (in the U.S.).
I also in the past (pre-pregnancy) tried drinking psyllium husk in juice-- it was gross but also did the trick. And, lots of dried prunes... Maybe you want to try switching your vitamin. You might find that one that is food based is easier to absorb and process.
All that said, I have the opposite problem this pregnancy...
unfortunately, this is something I have too much experience with. Might be TMI coming up, so warning!
I tend toward constipation even when not pregnant. With my last pregnancy, I made up a 'constipation kit' next to my toilet. Gloves, hemorrhoid ointment, wet wipes (less irritating than TP), glycerin suppositories. I was told by my Dr. to take stool softener every night, and fiber every morning. Still I would bleed every single time. Something the size of a softball coming out your anus tends to tear it.
Prunes are a great idea if you can stomach them, but you need several a day, not just one. Prune juice is also a good idea.
This time, I am already on the stool softener every night and fiber every morning. I make sure to drink ~1 gallon of water a day (that also helped with UTIs last time I was pregnant). I have my 'kit' (but so far haven't needed it *knock on wood*).
I realized I was gravitating toward cheese (which is binding) as my main protein because of the morning sickness, so yesterday I decided to grind up some great northern beans with a little lemon juice, sesame seeds, and salt and pepper... that spread on crackers was a good high-fiber, non-morning-sickness-inducing protein source... almost like hummus but without the strong flavor and smell.
Sorry for the TMI, but I hope against hope that doing all these things will help me not have the issues I had at the end of pregnancy last time... the end of pregnancy was the worst for the constipation :(
If I have my morning smoothie that seems to help - it's just frozen bananas/berries with almond milk and ground flax for fiber. I wasn't making the smoothies for a few weeks due to m/s but started them again this week and it made a big difference.
I've also been eating lots of prunes but I find they cause stinky gas.
I was told during my last pregnancy by my Dr. that the witchhazel pads were safe, as was hemorrhoid ointment, as long as I didn't use it more than the recommended amount.
Could be worse from iron in a prenatal. You could try taking a prenatal without iron plus Floradix, a liquid iron supplement, which has less side effects. Colace will help with constipation also and my OB last pregnancy had me taking it together with the iron tabs I was taking then to avoid the constipation that iron tabs cause. I once forgot to take the Colace and I broke out in cold sweat and felt like I was going to have the baby 3 months early. Turned out I just had to go to the bathroom.
DDCC here (well, I am due at the end of Jan. and it's the first babe so I may start coming around here more often)! I had this problem up until about 3 weeks ago (14 weeks now). Here's what helped:
- First thing in the morning, before you put ANYTHING in your mouth, drink water! Lots of water! I would aim for a liter of room temp water with lemon. - This single handedly helped the most if I could force myself to do it.
- Aim for 3 liters to a gallon of water a day. It can be tough but really helps.
- Coconut water - I drank a lot of this, hydrates in ways that water doesn't and seems to help keep things going.
- Try to go for a walk in the morning if possible for you, find an excuse after you've had your liter of water and some high fiber toast to walk out side for like 10-15 minutes.
- Get in as much high fiber food as you can.
These things made it where going every day was possible. Hope it helps for you!