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Ok, so i had been looking really pregnant lately because I was soooo constipated, despite my high fiber vegan diet and daily probiotics and 2 glasses kombucha (fermented tea chock full of probiotics and touted for its digestion enhancing properties). Sorry if its a little TMI, but I wanted to share in case it might help someone else.  I started taking digestive enzymes with every meal a few days ago and low-and-behold, I haven't been constipated... in the least, in fact I feel like ummm... I'm doing better than before I was pregnant. I am taking these suckers from our local "Super Supplements" store but they also have them at our local natural store too. http://www.supersup.com/Enzymedica-digest-30-VegetarianCapsules.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=pfeed&utm_term=670480981139&utm_campaign=gb

I did some research and didn't find anything that would indicate you cant take them when your pregnant, though I could be wrong. My naturopath thought they would be fine too. I don't think this is the only effective brand, as there are a lot of digestive enzymes out there and Im many will work just as well. It also may not work for everyone, but I figure it might be worth a shot, right? I started out taking one at the beginning of my biggest meal of the day, whenever that is, and then upped it to the start of two meals, and now after 5 days of taking it, I'm taking it with every meal.


Just thought Id share. I can't be the only one suffering from this! Feel free to share any tips or tricks you have found that help too.

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awesome - thanks so much for the tip! i'll totally try this! 

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I've been taking digestive enzymes with this pregnancy as well as with the last one.  I started taking them because i had my gallbladder out between my 2nd and 3rd children.  Digestion is fine, but as soon as i become pregnant I can't digest fats, proteins, and carbs very well.  I watch what I eat for the most part and only take them if I'm eating on the no-go list.  yummy.gif

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I take the pb8 14 billion pro biotics as well. I get them from the coop we do. I started taking them before I was pregnant to help boost gut flora and immunity for the winter. I haven't had constipation issues but I figured that was from the cal/mag supplement I take to help me sleep. Magnesium makes your poo loose as a side effect. smile.gif

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I just wanted to thank you for this suggestion. I bought some digestive enzymes yesterday as well as the liquid calcium/mag which I took last time too (thanks for the reminder on that!!) and it seems to have really helped. Thank goodness.

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Thank you for the suggestion. I just bought them and they should arrive tomorrow. I have been a vegan for 13 years and never once have been constipated until week 10. My mid wive recommend over the counter Coolace's but they haven't seemed to work after 72 hours. I hope to find relief soon. I have lost 10lbs already and have been sick with morning sickness all day. I am wondering what my body will do next. The baby is healthy and growing, I am just sick. Katie in New Orleans

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