Hey ladies, this is baby #4 for me. I SUFFER from AB IBS and have horrible constipation (8-10day no BM) followed by diarrhea. Any way to "fix" this? Anyone else have the same thing? I take fiber supplements per the GI and eat prunes, juice, etc. but nothing really works. And the abdominal pain is horrific.
I am sorry mama, that doesn't sound like fun at all. Any food sensitivities? I would at least add in a probiotic, like one in pill form that you take at least once a day. I had IBS issues before being pg, like a few years ago, and probiotics and decreasing dairy really helped. I hope you get some relief and stability soon!
What kind of prenatal vitamin are you taking? I only ask because iron can really mess up your gut. I was taking one with a lot of iron and it was giving me 24 hour nausea. I also second the suggestion to cut back on dairy. I know it's probably the main way you are getting fat and calcium (especially if you are eating gf), but the dairy can clog you up. So can apples. I'm gluten intolerant, so I know how difficult it can be to find a solution when you're already restricting your diet (even though you aren't the one gf). On the note of fiber, it will probably make you feel even more gassy and bloated. Try to drink lots of fluids, like water and tea. Avoid juices. If you're really desperate, drink some caffeine. That seems to work for me every time.
Good luck, mama.
I had terrible issues with constipation with my first child. For a while I took aloe vera (in capsules-not just drinking the juice). I have no idea if this would help you or cause more issues with your IBS. This worked for me for awhile, but I eventually went to taking Miralax. It was prescription then. Anyway, I took it about every other morning, mixed with hot cocoa. It was effective, but I don't know if it is the healthiest option or if it would cause you more issues.
I did not have any issues with my second pregnancy. This time things are just okay, but I am hoping they improve on their own.
Besides drinking plenty, getting in some physical activity can also be helpful.
I'm in the same boat. 2 or 3 days of no pooping, and then BAM it's worse than early labor. I had some of this with my daughter, which is when I realized that the only way to tell the difference between preterm labor and the resolution of constipation is that if you feel better after you poop you're not in labor.
I absolutely plan on asking my midwife about this next week.
Thanks Ladies! I am currently not taking a pre-natal because of the iron issue. I just take a regular vitamin, no iron.
Sunflwrmoonbeam- I feel the same way. Although it feels like full blown labor to me! I get hot flashes, nausea, incredible abdominal pain, etc. It's awful! I had the same problem with #3 and I thought I was having a miscarriage when it happened the first time. Went to the Dr. and everything.
I wish it was only 2-3 days for me, but it's more like 8-10. I'm just worried about the baby. I know that the intestines will start to leak the toxins from the bowel after so long which worries me.
My Dr.'s just keep saying more fiber. Seeing a midwife on Monday will see what she says.
Its helping a lot, though I don't always have a BM by noon. I have IBS & this pregnancy is really effecting my digestion. One of theses day I should cut out wheat because I think I have a sensitivity. I already don't eat dairy.
Oh, & I've noticed that if I cook with coconut oil, I get diarrhea. So that might be a natural laxative if you need it!
After dealing with nasty constipation and evil hemorrhoids as a result with my first pregnancy, I made darn sure to poop at least once every 24 hours with my second. If it didn't happen naturally, and I knew I needed to go, I would just use a fleet's suppository and within a few minutes I was able to go with out too much effort.
I found water, prune juice, fiber, etc... did not really help the problem other than creating pressure behind the "clog" so to speak. I still will keep those solutions in mind, and I do drink a lot and up the fiber in my diet while pregnant anyway, but the key is to keep regular for me.
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