Originally Posted by Ambivalent Dreams
"I'm thinking about picking up some simethicone to tamp the gas down a bit."
There's a drug for this?! Next stop Google.
YES to whoever it was that said the bloating is keeping them up at night. Me too.
I think this is only about to get worse for me. (TMI warning) I haven't pooped in 3 days. Tried prunes tonight. If that doesn't work I'll start researching for pregnancy safe laxatives. Coalase or whatever that stuff was did nothing last time.
AD - yes, simethicone is the active ingredient in Gas-x, Mylanta Anti-gas, etc. We would give it in the hospital on occasion and it seemed to do the trick most of the time.
I hope your prunes work! If not, here's a little laxative info.
From what I've read, colace, dulcolax and milk of magnesia are supposedly safe in pregnancy. They have diff mechanisms of action though so the best choice depends on the problem at hand!
Colace (docusate sodium) - increases the amount of water the stool absorbs (a stool softener)
Milk of Magnesia - increases the amount of water pulled into the intestines, stimulating stretch receptors to cause bowel movement
Dulcolax (bisacodyl) - a stimulant laxative that increases movement of the intestines
Here's a list off babycenter that is a good start for preg-safe drug reference.
Originally Posted by daisygrrrl
If you have not tried this for bloating, it works fairly well at dispelling gas from both ends. 1 tsp baking soda and a cup of water, mix drink and deflate. Not entirely of course, but probably enough for you to notice the difference.
daisygrrrl - cool new trick... thanks for the tip!
Just a warning though, baking soda is absorbed systemically and can alter your blood pH... so this is something to take only in small amounts.