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Old Dec 21st, 2008, 20:53 PM   1
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Severe constipation, TMI, sorry...


I have had the WORST constipation ever with this pregnancy. I never had this problem with my first pregnancy with my daughter. It's so bad that the last time I went it "stalled". I was crying and broke out in sweats it hurt SO, SO badly!!! I couldn't get it to get moving again if you know what I mean. Eventually I huffed and puffed and somehow got it going, after rocking my entire body back and forth forever!!! There was alot of bleeding afterwards. I even leaked a little blood into my underwear... This is soooo embarrassing, sorry...

I have tried Colace (a stool softener) but it is doing nothing. It says it usually produces a movement within 12-24 hours. It has been 48 hours since I started taking it and NOTHING. The only thing I "get" is alot of cramping and pain, but nothing will "go"...

WTH is up with this... I have never had this problem so severely in my entire life!!! Why am I cramping inside but have NO urge to go at all???? Sometimes the cramps are so bad I have gotten scared that it is either the baby (that something is wrong) or that my bowel cramping will hurt the baby... I am now wondering if the cramping is from the baby or my bowels...



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Old Dec 21st, 2008, 21:36 PM   2
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I know exactly what you are going through! I was suffering REALLY bad this pregnancy with being constipated, I won't go into gory details but it was BAD! I found drinking a lot of water and eating prunes REALLY helped. I dried some stool softeners (safe ones during pregnancy of course) and they didn't work at all but once I started the prunes it sure has heck helped me out!
As for the cramping I found I got it really bad after taking a stool softener as some of they make your uterus contract causing your body to feel like you need to go when there isn't anything left in you to go!
I would definitely try prunes tho as they REALLY help things get flowing!
Hope you feel better soon!



 
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Old Dec 21st, 2008, 21:43 PM   3
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Part of the problem might be fluids intake. I have had problems with that this whole pregnancy due to morning sickness. I can drink tons of water at night, while I am sleeping, so I am generally up alot the whole night drinking water because I probably get dehydrated during the day - am super thirsty at night. I can only sip minimally during the day... I try really hard but do NOT want to vomit so I can't force myself to drink any more quickly during the day when I feel so sick... I wish I could eat prunes. I hate them and am allergic to them apparently, although I'm not sure... I tested positive but never tried a food challenge with them because I hate them...



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Old Dec 22nd, 2008, 00:43 AM   4
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What I find helps is eating a really, really high-fibre cereal, like Fibre First. However, I hate it in milk because it turns to mush in about 30 seconds, so I have it with thawed, frozen (previously frozen) berries and plain 2% yogurt. It is very healthy and balanced as breakfast goes and 1/2 a cup of the cereal has about 50% of your daily requirement of fibre. Sometimes I add a teaspoon of honey to the top to make it more decadent.



 
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Old Dec 22nd, 2008, 03:47 AM   5
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I'm the same, went to the pharmacy this morning and they suggested this liquid stuff called Lactulose, but then when I read the full instructions it says tell your doctor before taking if pregnant. Argggghhhh!!! Don't know what to do now.



 
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Old Dec 22nd, 2008, 05:28 AM   6
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You poor thing, sounds grim. What about fresh orange juice? I always find that a big glass of it gets things moving.

The other thing I found out (accidentally a few months ago) has a laxative effect is dried apricots. I ate about 10 one night and was in and out of the loo for hours. DH couldn't stop laughing at me.



 
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Old Dec 22nd, 2008, 06:27 AM   7
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Lactulose is fine - I went to the walk-in clinic because I was so desperate from the pain, and they said that it's just fine in pregnancy and to take it according to the instructions on the bottle. The doctor I saw this morning suggested peppermint oil capsules for the cramping too. The lactulose has helped with the constipation, but not so much with the bloating and the cramping.



 
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