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Digestion Woes

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

So... I've seen some people talk about digestion issues.  I know I'm already having them.  But there's more to it.  Hemorrhoids?  Gas pain?  Constipation?  What are your strategies?  

 

I just bought a squatty potty (have been considering getting it for a long time now anyway).  Cal-mag works wonders but if I forget I'm in pain. So very lame.

 

What else helps?  Probiotics? Fiber?

 

So far digestive issues has been my *least* favorite symptom. 

post #2 of 12
Are you taking a prenatal with iron in it? That caused me issues my first pregnancy. This time around I decided to see if I could avoid that and I got a prenatal without iron, so naturally I have had constant diarrhea. Sigh.

LOTS Fiber and LOTS of water helped me the first time. When that failed a small cup of coffee usually did the trick. I found out later that as long as I was drinking a gallon of water a day I didn't get constipation(and by association I also avoid having too much gas and never got hemerrhoids - even late in pregnancy).
post #3 of 12

i have been considering a squatty potty for years.  instead i drive my husband crazy w/ other footrests dragged up....

 

magnesium daily.

 

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!!!!

 

***edit***
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. 

post #4 of 12
I have the opposite problem and have loose stools and bad gas and cramping all the time like some serious ibs. So annoying like my constant nausea is causing me to poop and not puke
post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by EEEY2 View Post

I have the opposite problem and have loose stools and bad gas and cramping all the time like some serious ibs. So annoying like my constant nausea is causing me to poop and not puke

That's exactly how I feel.
post #6 of 12

This morning I finally got to let some logs loose after four days! Bleh...my diet for the past two weeks has been pretty different than real life considering we've been on the road a lot for the holidays eating junky and sweet food I generally don't eat. I'm ten weeks and having food aversions big time. I love food and to cook and right now I really don't like to do either because nothing tastes good. I dream of eating something in particular, eat it, and then am like, "Meh." My husband can't believe that I can't stand ham and bacon and eggs...all of some of my very favorite things. Someone please tell me this won't last the entire pregnancy! My husband is missing me in the kitchen, as we love to cook together.

post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by farmes94 View Post
 

This morning I finally got to let some logs loose after four days! Bleh...my diet for the past two weeks has been pretty different than real life considering we've been on the road a lot for the holidays eating junky and sweet food I generally don't eat. I'm ten weeks and having food aversions big time. I love food and to cook and right now I really don't like to do either because nothing tastes good. I dream of eating something in particular, eat it, and then am like, "Meh." My husband can't believe that I can't stand ham and bacon and eggs...all of some of my very favorite things. Someone please tell me this won't last the entire pregnancy! My husband is missing me in the kitchen, as we love to cook together.

laughed so hard at this.  in sympathy.

 

i LOVE to cook.  and it's a chore right now.  thankfully my husband has stepped up and made things for me (smoked salmon omelet this morning).

BACON MAKES ME GAG!  i love bacon.  but i had to run from the kitchen the other day.  i don't know why b/c i don't seem to have any real food aversions, but onions simmering on the stove and bacon on the stove both just seem too strong.  

 

husband and i both usually cook together again before the end.... and then he takes over again after birth!!!

post #8 of 12
Shakeology is my saving grace. 30 superfoods, pre/probiotics, fiber and protein. It keeps everything moving like clockwork! It's the first thing I have in the morning and keeps my nausea at bay until at least 2-3 in the afternoon. The chocolate tastes like a Wendy's frosty when mixed with ice and raw milk or almond milk. It's delicious!

I love to cook too but the smells are keeping me out of the kitchen at the moment. We're still at our inlaws so I haven't been responsible for feeding everyone just yet!
post #9 of 12

WendyJo--before vacation I was making oatmeal smoothies which really made breakfast go down smoothly, literally. 2 cups milk, 1/4 cup plain yogurt, 1/2 cup ice, 1/2 uncooked oatmeal, 1 banana, 1 cup frozen berries, tsp Agave, Chia seeds, ground flax, hemp seeds...blend! Need to get stocked back up!

post #10 of 12

Apple cider vinegar is one of the best stomachs soothers out there. It sounds bizarre, but if you google "apple cider vinegar for morning sickness" or "apple cider vinegar for indigestion" or any stomach symptom you can think of - you'll see tons of results comes up. There is a whole book written about the health benefits of ACV and morning sickness and/or stomach issues is one of the ailments! I have been swearing by it!!!! It's TOTALLY SAFE. I recommend you get the unfiltered brand - Bragg's. Just take 1tsp mixed with a little water. Sometimes you can take a tablespoon if its particularly bad. This is my #1 trick to do for stomach issues. Give it a try!

post #11 of 12

I used raw unfiltered ACV for heartburn last pregnancy and it helped. I love my ACV for everything! Bathtime, drinking, sinus infections, it's the best! We get ours from an awesome apple farmer at the farmer's market. It's great.

post #12 of 12

I've just been using calcium and magnesium but even that's not helping right now! Hope you get some kinda relief! Being constipated is the worst.

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