i have been considering a squatty potty for years. instead i drive my husband crazy w/ other footrests dragged up....
i had a mean hemorrhoid at the beginning (and am sure it will return, as it seems i get one angry one in the first and 3rd trimester) but it's healed up.
i get gas pain every evening, but it's not a problem most of the day. constipation has been one of the toughest things in pregnancy for me. fiber fiber fiber made me get hemorrhoids and bloating, and pebbles..... i suspect my bowels, b/c of my autoimmune gluten-intolerance, don't do fiber all that well. water helps. but the magnesium really was ESSENTIAL. daily.
i've been trying to take probiotics, but if they don't make a big difference i tend to not stick to it....
eating fermented/probiotic rich foods daily. ???
eating at least a head of romaine a day, loads of veggies, and doing okay...... but gonna lurk here! maybe i need to drink a gallon of water a day!!!
it's hard to remember to drink when you're chasing needy maniacs all day. i mean, it's not like they even let you go to the bathroom. i swear, that's an invitation to break something, or someone. my kids are good, but man, when i'm on the potty it seems like they've totally forgotten any of the house rules and how to interact!!!!
i would also be careful w iron in your prenatals. since my iron levels are always plenty high, i've done better and felt safe opting for no iron supplements.