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Okay, please tell me I am not the only one experiencing "digestive difficulties" in early pregnancy. I'm only 5w2d, but the gas is seriously uncomfortable, especially combined with constipation. I have read that hormonal changes (especially increased progesterone) bring about bowel issues such as constipation and gas--and boy can I believe that!<br><br>
To top it off, I have been eating an inordinate amount of fresh fruits and veggies. While, yes, the fresh produce is a great thing, I think it is exacerbating the issue.<br><br>
Are you gassy? Is anything helping? I'm starting to try mint herbal tea. I'd really like to exhaust natural or behavioral remedies before running out to get some Gas-X, but the more uncomfortable I get, the more I am tempted to run to the store for some relief.
 

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Kharen <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> I was but now that I'm reading your post I'm realizing that I'm not anymore. My bowels are definitely moving more than normal, especially in the morning but the gas issue is pretty much gone. I'm only several days ahead of you, but I hope that yours will be resolved before this week is over.
 

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Hey, Kripa! Sweet ... hopefully mine will clear up before too long. Thanks for letting me know how things might be in a few days. I had no idea that gas could be such a pain in the ... well, you know, in early pregnancy. I've never heard about it as a fairly standard occurrence. But now that I'm asking others, it seems every pregnant woman has dealt with it in some form or another.<br><br>
Having you a slight bit farther along than me is quite fortuitous! Thank you for ovulating when you did. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Let me know when to expect the nausea. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
Hope you are feeling well!
 

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I am 9.5 weeks and remember being really gassy about the same time as you but (unless I eat something that doesn't sit right) I am much less gassy now. I use Nux Vomica (homeopathy) to help constipation.<br><br>
But there's something else that can help. My midwife said quit taking prenatals. Take a mix of Calcium/Magnesium/Vitamin D (the three come in capsules from one bottle) and Chlorophyll. The Chlorophyll gives you iron but also stops constipation.<br><br>
Here's something I dug up: <a href="http://www.fensende.com/~swnymph/Nutrition.html" target="_blank">http://www.fensende.com/~swnymph/Nutrition.html</a><br><br>
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Subject: Re: Chlorophyll in Pregnancy???<br><br>
>Just curious, why do you give chlorophyll in pregnancy? What is its<br>
>indication? This is the first time that I ever heard of this substance being<br>
>given to people to eat. I know that it is a substance found in plants and<br>
>algae and give them their green hue, but I didn't think that it was a<br>
>substance which promoted healthy pregnancy.<br><br>
We use chlorophyll too. We use it prenatally to increase a low hemoglobin and promote the clotting factor. It is excellent for this purpose after a postpartum hemmorhage as well. We always tell clients that honestly we're not sure why it works. But chlorophyll has a similar chemical structure to that of hemoglobin. They are identical in chemical make-up except for the fact that chlorophyll has a molecule of magnesium at the center where hemoglobin has iron. As far as I know, no one knows why this substance helps a person build red blood cells. It seems that perhaps the body can easily convert it to hemoglobin. But when people take chlorophyll, their red blood count goes up. I haven't seen too many written references to the use of chlorophyll as an alternative to iron supplementation; however, Ina May Gaskin does mention it briefly in the newest edition of "Spiritual Midwifery."<br><br>
Anecdotally speaking I have a client right now who had two midtrimester miscarriages with her last two pregnancies after many term deliveries. She came to us for help, and upon checking her hemoglobin, found it to be around 8 (!!!) So we recommended 12 chlorophyll capsules, prenatal vitamins and additional folic acid, and liver once a week in addition to all the protein/dietary recommendations that have been discussed here lately. By her next visit her hemoglobin was close to 10 and has even increased a little throughout the process of expanding blood volume. I have been impressed with chlorophyll more than ever.<br><br>
Usually we recommend somewhere around 4-6 chlorophyll a day for a typical low hemoglobin. Some like to get on it toward the end of their pregnancy as a hemmorhage prevention, but we don't regularly recommend it for that purpose alone. My hemoglobin is OK (11.4 at 30 weeks), but I wouldn't mind it being a little higher, so I've been taking 2 a day.<br><br>
I have also heard of chlorophyll being used with very successful results for premenopausal women who are bleeding too heavily with their periods. I think the routine I heard discussed was taking 4-6 chlorophyll/day the week before an expected period; then 16, 12, 8, 4, 4, 4,... for each day of bleeding thereafter. My mother-in-law tried this after some some very discouraging times, hormonal treatments, etc. and was delighted to find that it worked.<br><br>
Why chlorophyll instead of iron? It seems to get better results and has the added benefit of being somewhat laxative instead of somewhat constipating. (Alfalfa is often used for this purpose as well.) If people think "iron supplement" they often buy ferrous sulfate which is poorly absorbed and very constipating. If you or your clients are taking chloropyll for the first time, you might be surprised by its other normal but kind of weird effect--it causes bright green stools.<br><br>
Chlorophyll is available as a liquid, in gel caps, or dried tablets. Liquid is probably best but some find the flavor and sight objectionable. (Some say drinking it in a cup with a lid helps.) Capsules seem to do just as good a job prenatally, but we carry the liquid in our birth bags for quick fluid replacement and clotting after a heavy bleed.<br><br>
Elizabeth Couch, Midwife<br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Having you a slight bit farther along than me is quite fortuitous! Thank you for ovulating when you did. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Let me know when to expect the nausea. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"></div>
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Oh, I had a talk with the blob and we are going to skip the nausea. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Since Monday I have felt like I have the flu. I don't know if I actually have the flu or if it is actually part of my pregnancy. My mom's friend thought she had the flu and then found out she was pregnant when she thought she couldn't get pregnant. And there are at least two other women in this DDC who are talking about having the flu. I will say though that there was a quick moment this morning when I was feeling too tired to eat that I felt like if I didn't eat I was going to get really sick. I ate some cereal really quick when I realized that. I really, really hate throwing up and that is probably the only thing I'm actually nervous about.
 

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Ah, I think I should have had that talk with my raspbaby last night. After two weeks of feeling fine (save for the gas/constipation), I was up sick all night with a headache and upset stomach. I might have just been getting one of my typical migraines, but the change in my body felt very "chemical," if that makes any sense. I felt very "hormonal" emotional on top of feeling sick. Still having some issues this morning. I really don't do well with vomiting either <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> , so I'm going to have to talk to the baby about skipping this!<br><br>
I hope you start to feel better! Whether it's the flu or not, I'm sure it's still not pleasant. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2">
 
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