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TMI - Constipation

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

Does anyone here have any suggestions for how to beat constipation? I have had it so bad over the last week and it hurts like you know what to try. Sometimes there is so much pressure build up that I just have to push through it and well... the water turns red. =( I have never had it this bad and I eat a pretty decent diet so I don't know what's going on. Any tips you can share would be appreciated.

 

I should note that I have a high intolerance to gluten.

post #2 of 14
I have had Bad constipation off and on... In the beginning it was eased by switching from a prenatal to folic acid. But now I'm back on the Prenatals and so I have to watch it! I have gluten allergy and dairy allergy. And I've found that if I get even a little bit of either of them, I can get VERY severely constipated!!! Lst yr I had to go to the ER for it... Talk about embarrassing LOL

Anyway what works best for me is APPLE JUICE! If I feel very constipated or just haven't gone in 2 days I will sit and drink a big glass of cold apple juice. And then in a few hours eat an apple as well... And usually by that evening I will go. I have issues with hemorrhoids as well, so I try to really keep on top of it! Also adding metemucil (sp?) to things like spaghetti sauce and cereal...etc. Helps fight this awful pregnancy symptom.

I hope u feel better!
post #3 of 14

With my last pregnancy I went an absurd amount of time without a normal BM (like 2 or 3 weeks) and when I told my OB about it she said not to let it go that long. So, if it's gets to be a week without one, I will cave and do an enema. So far with this pregnancy the longest I have gone is 9 days, and then I did an enema. The last few days I have been doing pretty good, though I have no idea why. People swear by prunes, but I haven't tried that. 

 

BeanBean might be on to something with the apple juice though. I just realized that I drank a glass of juice yesterday and did indeed have a bm....

post #4 of 14

flax oil works.

ground flax seed works (1 tbs in a glass of water)

unground flax seed works extremely well but isn't exactly gentle, iykwim. (1tb in tall glass of water)

post #5 of 14

I really need to try apple juice! I get constipated so badly, even when I'm not pregnant. My doctor just told me to take Colace every other day, but it doesn't work once my body gets used to it. So if I go three or four days without using the bathroom, I just take two Colace and it usually works... but only after being crampy. :/

post #6 of 14
I just figured out the apple juice a few weeks ago, I was really uncomfortable and colace and the like wasn't working and my husband asked what I did for the babies and kids when they got constipated (I've worked as a nanny for 12 years) and I realized I always give them Apple juice smile.gif so I tried it and it works perfectly! But I've noticed if it isn't the all natural no sugar stuff it doesn't work as well... I hope you all get some relief!

Cagnew- 2 or 3 weeks!!!! Oh I would DIE... I had to go to the ER last year after 7 days, I thought I was going to DIE, I was in so much pain! I had a gastrointerologist tell me once that "normal" bms are 1/3 times a day!
post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 


Darnit! I just went grocery shopping this morning and got grape juice instead of apple. Maybe I will try that as well until I can get some apple juice. Thanks for all of the tips so far!

post #8 of 14

The first tri can be rough for constipation...many of us are eating less produce than usual so the lack of fiber takes its toll, but mostly it's just the slowed digestion thanks to the high amounts of progesterone.  It should slow down a bit in the second trimester when the placenta takes over for HCG in terms of hormone production. 

 

I don't get it as bad as some on this thread but I do find it very annoying and definitely a difference from my usual elimination patterns which are usually super healthy!  I find it starts to ease up a bit before my nausea goes away completely, so that's nice at least.  I hope it passes for you too!
 

post #9 of 14

I'm a fan of apple juice also, but I do enjoy prunes too and even plums can help. Additionally, for me, a strong cup of coffee can get things moving as well.

post #10 of 14
Last pregnancy my midwife suggested putting my feet up on a low stool while sitting on the toilet (like a supported squat).
post #11 of 14

Magnesium can help a lot. I've also noticed I'm eating/drinking a lot less dairy than I was last pregnancy and I'm less constipated so far. I'm actually feeling mostly good except some intestinal pain, but I'm 100% sure that's related to my crooked hip, which I'm seeing a chiropractor for. OH! Chiropractic care can help a lot, too.

post #12 of 14

Magnesium can help a lot. I've also noticed I'm eating/drinking a lot less dairy than I was last pregnancy and I'm less constipated so far. I'm actually feeling mostly good except some intestinal pain, but I'm 100% sure that's related to my crooked hip, which I'm seeing a chiropractor for. OH! Chiropractic care can help a lot, too.

post #13 of 14

BeanBean: My husband is Mr. Regular. He goes every single day around the same time, and freaks out if he misses it by half a day! It amazes me. I can't imagine going every day! I have IBS so my digestive system is always wacky.

post #14 of 14
Thread Starter 

I have IBS too but had been regular like your husband ever since switching to Paleo. Once I get pregnant -and- on progesterone pills that all went to crap as I got intense nausea. Just now we're getting back into 100% paleo and I'm already noticing some more regularity and a bit less pain/straining. 

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