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Does anyone know if aloe vera juice, whole leaf, and magnesium (mag o7 colon cleanser) are safe to take during pregnancy. I am having a terrible time with constipation. I did two fleece enemas, fiber cereal, exercise, water, prune juice..NO LUCK! ANY help will be appreciated. THANKS!
 

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i dont remember why but i read somewhere that aloe juice was to be avoided during pregnancy. maganesse is also dangerous for devoloping brains not sure if you said maganesse or magnessium<br>
i would suggest pears and maybe try swimming (if you have access to a pool) and some knee to chest moves (what you can do with a belly) maybe on your side in a bicycle motion.<br>
i hope some other people have some suggestions. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/dust.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="dust">
 

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oh and 1 tablespoon flax seed oil with juice (4oz) and slam it after stirring...separates quick or mix it with yogurt.
 

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Are you taking prescription prenatals or iron? When I was pg with DS, the only thing that stopped the constipation was switching to Rainbow light prenatals.<br><br>
Oh and the Mothering website lists aloe as an <a href="http://www.mothering.com/community_tools/toolbox/pregnancy_birth/herbs-to-avoid.html" target="_blank">herb to avoid.</a>
 

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I would avoid the aloe because it can cause some pretty strong cramps.<br>
But magnesium is ok it is even a smooth muscle relaxant and most people would recommend 500-1000 mg /day of magnesium oxide. Besides being a smooth muscle relaxant it brings fluid into the bowels- so be sure you keep your fluids up.<br>
in addition to all the fiber stuff you are doing, reduce cheese but add lactobacillus to increase healthy intestinal flora. at this point i would recommend staying away from psyllium or Metimucil because it can become cement instead of looseness. also avoid bananas.<br>
How about eating some almonds, cashews , plumped raisins and prunes, eat only whole grained bread and avoid sugar. Eat a well washed green salad everyday<br>
hope some of these suggestions will help, take care
 

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Yeah, the veggies always do it for me(cooked or raw)! Also I drink 2 big glasses of water every day when I wake up to get things moving and it really helps. My Ayurvedic home remedies book says that the best thing for consipation during pregnancy is psyllium husks. It recommends one teaspoon in a glass of warm milk. Another remedy it lists is a cup of hot milk with a teaspoon of ghee (clarified butter which can be bought at a health food store along with psyllium husks). Avoid constipation in the future by using a lot of fiber in your diet; fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains (oatmeal or oat bran, wheat bran, etc.) drink plenty of h2o, get plenty of exercise(especially recommended is sun salutation yoga pose, 12 cycles daily) and avoid white flour (refined, bleached, unbleached, all of it) like the plague! Good luck, mama!
 

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Boil 1/4 cup whole flax seeds in 1 1/2 cups of water until the water thickens. Strain and drink the liquid. This has always made everything slide right out. I know that <a href="http://www.compleatmother.com/articles3/weed/herbal.shtml" target="_blank">Susun Weed says that women who miscarry easily should avoid flax</a>, but I haven't seen that reccomendation anywhere else, so I would say that if you are comfortable eating the other things she lists, go for it.<br>
Oh, and I would second the reccomendation to use Rainbow Light Prenatals if you are taking supplements with any kind of iron in them. The only time I ever had constipation that wouldn't respond to the things you mentioned in your post was when was taking regular prenatals.
 
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