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post #41 of 203
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I have incorporated prunes into my daily diet thumb.gif.  I also don't have a scale at home right now, but I have always fluctuated a lot day to day when I did have a scale....I imagine it's the same now.

post #42 of 203
Dried prunes don't seem to do the trick. I've resorted to senna tablets, which my ob isn't thrilled about. She wants me to take docusate sodium, but it doesn't do anything for me. It's been frustrating.
post #43 of 203
Dried prunes don't seem to do the trick. I've resorted to senna tablets, which my ob isn't thrilled about. She wants me to take docusate sodium, but it doesn't do anything for me. It's been frustrating.
post #44 of 203

JNajla: Have you taken magnesium citrate? I take that and it keeps me regular. I get constipated if I don't take it. 

post #45 of 203

Oh, I should have mentioned, Miralax works WONDERS!!!  I have had to take it twice since getting pregnant.
 

post #46 of 203
How much mag citrate? That is a laxative bowel prep. My ob doesn't want me taking "laxatives", says it's why my weight is fluctuating so much/ causing dehydration.
post #47 of 203
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Originally Posted by JNajla View Post

How much mag citrate? That is a laxative bowel prep. My ob doesn't want me taking "laxatives", says it's why my weight is fluctuating so much/ causing dehydration.

 

I don't see it as much of a laxative in lower doses. If you were to take like 1000 mg a day you might get that effect. You take however much to get you regular and having well formed but not rock hard number 2. Start out at just 250 mg and up it to 500 (per day) if that doesn't have a good enough effect. It shouldn't be a problem. 

post #48 of 203

I get constipated if I eat wheat products (which I don't really want to cut out completely since I crave them here and there) so I try to stay on top of keeping regular with making sure I'm eating  A LOT of fruits and veggies. I add spinach to my smoothies every morning as well as flax and chia seeds, and also try to drink 3 litres of water a day (recommended by my midwife) also I take a calcium / magneseum suppliment since I know calcium alone can constipate.

 

so far I've been fairly regular as long as I keep on top of my diet and not eating too much wheat.
 

post #49 of 203

Thanks for the advice!  Sorry to hijack the thread with my poop (or lacktherof) issues!  blush.gif

post #50 of 203
I found that running 13.1 miles solved my constipation issues quite effectively. I've never experienced "gastro-intestinal distress" after a long run before, but I suppose there is a first time for everything :/
post #51 of 203
I can handle the elliptical and spinning and walking, but there's no way I could run 13 miles! Wowza- you go girl!
post #52 of 203

It was so much fun and I think I was at the perfect time of pregnancy to run it. At 17 weeks I don't have too much extra weight or a huge belly to lug around, but it is late enough that morning sickness and extreme fatigue from the first trimester aren't an issue.

 

CrystalMarie is going to go do the same distance in about a month! I can't imagine doing a half-marathon past 20 weeks! And she will undoubtedly put my time to shame, speedy chick.

post #53 of 203

I am at 17 weeks 1 day, so far I have gained about 13/14 lbs.

 

My first pregnancy I started off at 137 lbs and gained exactly 37 lbs to 174.  Lost it all by 6 months but started gaining again after baby started nursing less, up to 157.  Second pregnancy started at 157 lbs and gained exactly 37 lbs to 194.  Got down to the 157 pre-2nd-baby weight by 6 months but again started gaining when baby started nursing less, up to 165.  Got disgusted with myself (I'm 5'4" and it was all flab, no muscle, b/c I was a serious couch potato) and worked really hard for exactly 1 year to lose 45 lbs and get in better shape in order to be happier with myself and in a healthier place for another pregnancy.   Midwife said to expect around 40 lbs this time, IDK, I feel like it might go even a bit higher if I'm not careful b/c I started off at my lowest point ever this time, 120 lbs. Although it would be pretty funny if I gained exactly 37 again.  LOL  I'm not obsessing over the weight gain, even after working so hard I know the weightgain is for a good purpose and I also know that I know how to get it back off after the pregnancy.  So I'm kind of enjoying indulging my cravings here and there w/o having to feel like I have to work it off the next day.  LOL!

post #54 of 203
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Originally Posted by kitteh View Post

Yeah jNajla, I think my phantom weight-gain is also related to a recent constipation issue. Back to taking a stool-softener with my prenatal, i guess!

 

 

I take a daily stool softener.  Like since before this pregnancy, ever since baby #2 I've had hemrhoid issues that seem best avoided if I just take the stool softener every day.  The couple of times that I've forgotten for a few days have not been pretty.  LOL!  So it's part of my daily routine.  Every night before bed, prenatal and stool softener.  I get excited when there are good coupons out for the ones I use b/c I get tired of buying them every month.  LOL

post #55 of 203
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Originally Posted by Mrs.Floyd View Post

 

 

I take a daily stool softener.  Like since before this pregnancy, ever since baby #2 I've had hemrhoid issues that seem best avoided if I just take the stool softener every day.  The couple of times that I've forgotten for a few days have not been pretty.  LOL!  So it's part of my daily routine.  Every night before bed, prenatal and stool softener.  I get excited when there are good coupons out for the ones I use b/c I get tired of buying them every month.  LOL

Have you ever tried magnesium? My husband has hemmorhoids too and just takes magnesium and fiber and it seems to help. 250-500 mg a day of magnesium, you can go up a little higher until you find what makes your number 2 a good consistency if you need. Just a suggestion. 

post #56 of 203

I am not all that experienced on the pregnancy front (baby #1) but so far I have found that water and exercise have curbed my constipation.  I've had one good bout of it so far.  For some reason the jostling of running shakes the bowels loose! ;-)

post #57 of 203
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Originally Posted by dayiscoming2006 View Post

Have you ever tried magnesium? My husband has hemmorhoids too and just takes magnesium and fiber and it seems to help. 250-500 mg a day of magnesium, you can go up a little higher until you find what makes your number 2 a good consistency if you need. Just a suggestion. 

No I haven't tried it but I can definitely look into it.  The thing is I don't get constipated like unable to go, it just gets just hard enough to aggravate my issues if I don't take the stool softener.  So I don't need it 'to make me go' I just need it to be more comfortable.  Will magnesium act the same way? 

 

The last time I forgot for a few days and had a bad outbreak, I seriously started researching permanent solutions and go so scared by what I found about the surgery that I swore I'd never forget to take it again...

post #58 of 203

Just had an ob check yesterday and I'm up 17 lbs and I'm 18 weeks gestation.  OMG.  I either have to stop eating or I need to do more than 30 min of cardio.  The odd thing, is that I'm eating much healthier now than I was pre-preg (paleo).  I will occasionally treat myself to something with carbs or a low-fat dairy treat, but definitely no junk food.  I wanted to limit myself to 25 lbs weight gain for entire pregnancy....  looks like that isn't going to happen.  eat.gif

post #59 of 203

Well, after losing three pounds in two weeks due to illness, I'm 'delighted' to now be up five pounds at 18 weeks :) 

I've been taking my Green Pastures fermented Cod Liver Oil plus a good probiotic and the delightful side effect has been that all things digestive are working like clockwork and no strange pharmaceuticals required :) 

post #60 of 203

Right now I feel like my belly is really big for just being at 19 weeks, but I don't seem to be gaining weight anywhere else, so that's good. :) When I look at pics of my mom when she was pregnant at the end her belly was really big even though the rest of her still looked normal size, so perhaps it's a genetic thing. 

 

I started wearing maternity pants at around 8 weeks I think. I could still wear some of my elastic waist pants then, but now they are too tight.

 

My normal weight is around 140, my height is 5'7". Now I weight 156lbs, so I've gained about 16lbs.

 

What fascinates me the most though is measuring my belly. Can anyone else feel their belly growing? One week (around week 12 or 14 I think, my belly grew 1cm almost every day for about 5 days in a row! :) Currently, my belly is measuring about 97cm around. Some days I can feel the skin stretching and growing, and usually when I measure on those days I discover that I've grown bigger around.

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