Hi all. Okay, constipation has never been something I particularly have trouble with - get enough fiber in my diet I guess. Even while pregnant, my digestive issues have tended more often toward the opposite side of things. I apologize in advance, but there's some serious TMI in here, because I want to know if there are any suggestions for this particular circumstance.
So, today hits, and suddenly I have the worst constipation of my entire life, but I don't know it until I actually start pooping, and the sucker is too firm and big to come out! I am not kidding. I was trying so hard just to relax and not strain (keep being warned about hemorrhoids), and then I would get up and walk around and wiggle which seemed to help, but not enough. I must have done this for half an hour, which I wouldn't have done if the process hadn't already been started, and it's hard to stop!
Eventually I worked enough of it out to be able to move on to other things for a bit, until the rest was imminent, and with some "hands on" help I could take care of it. Yeah, it took that. And I then sat there and panted and moaned for several seconds from the relief and feeling like my nether regions might never be the same again (they're feeling a little better now).
Now I'm sitting here eating prunes, drinking water, drinking coffee (which I don't normally do, but which usually has a bit of a laxative effect for me), and considering making popcorn, because I do NOT want to go through this again.
I have seen your various suggestions for helping with constipation in general. Not sure what technique I'm going to adopt, but I'm sure going to have some "Smooth Move" tea on hand for the future. I'm also considering switching my prenatal vitamins, since the ones I use have a full complement of iron, and I know my iron levels have been great.
But, what if I'm faced with this situation again? What do you do if you're in the moment, and are suddenly dealing with things being WAY too dense? I felt like I was going to split open! Maybe I should just have let it happen? But it did not feel right, either from the inside or from feeling around the outside...
I'll even just take sympathy right now. My husband is not the type to necessarily want to hear this in detail, though he'd probably listen if I made him.