Constipation, pregnancy arrrrrgh

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Constipation, pregnancy arrrrrgh

Postby Riotproof » 23 Oct 2014, 01:48

Hello lovelies...

I'm delighted to say I'm still pregnant, only 145 days to go! Feeling lots of movement, I've even started the night time shuffle where no position is truly comfortable.
I'm in a bit of a pickle because I'm all backed up so to speak. Generally speaking, even when pregnant, I just eat my normal diet, drink water, might take a day, but it sorts itself out, but I think the combination of medication I'm on is causing it. They've just asked me to take calcium on top of the progesterone and blood pressure meds. I know progesterone can cause it, and so can calcium a quick Google tells me.
Yesterday, I took a half dose of liquid fibre supplement, ate vegetables all day, drank tonnes of water and herbal tea, and no relief.
This morning I tried to drink a whole dose of liquid fibre and promptly threw it up. Now, I'm eating half a rockmelon (canteloupe) for lunch and I'm going to skip my elevit tonight.
So, any other bright ideas? I did come here for the dam buster spread, but I think it might be easier to just eat a few prunes. Not sure I can manage juice if I'm honest.
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Re: Constipation, pregnancy arrrrrgh

Postby Fozza » 23 Oct 2014, 06:17

Hormones don't help either. Prunes, figs and apricots.
Water before food seems to help too.
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Re: Constipation, pregnancy arrrrrgh

Postby RedRum » 23 Oct 2014, 06:25

I'm struggling a bit too, but everything I've found just gives really generic advice like drink more water, eat plenty of vegetables etc. all of which I do anyway. I don't know if I can face prunes, but maybe apricots.
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Re: Constipation, pregnancy arrrrrgh

Postby Riotproof » 23 Oct 2014, 07:20

Well, there has been movement but I'm not empty. :( Guess, I'll grab some apricots. I tried prunes but mine are a bit prehistoric and they made me gag.
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Re: Constipation, pregnancy arrrrrgh

Postby robyn » 23 Oct 2014, 07:21

pears are good too, as is liberally sprinkling linseeds on everything.
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Re: Constipation, pregnancy arrrrrgh

Postby Treeb » 23 Oct 2014, 07:45

Prune juice worked amazingly for me last time, but it made me gag every time I had it. Eventually I talked to my Dr. and he prescribed a stool softener, which I was on for most of the pregnancy.
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Re: Constipation, pregnancy arrrrrgh

Postby treek » 23 Oct 2014, 08:31

Kiwis! Only thing that worked for me in the beginning. Now at 33 weeks I can manage without them (thankfully, as they don't help with reflux:p) as long as I keep up the linseeds and plenty of veg and water.
I also can't take any multivitamin with iron in as that completely stops my digestive system, so I take spatone and floradix tonic instead of a pregnancy vitamin.
Final thing I've had to do is switch to calcium citrate rather than the usual calcium carbonate. From what I've read it easier on the stomach and more easily absorbed and as long as I don't take both tablets at once I'm just about ok!

You have my sympathy, it's horrible! :(
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Re: Constipation, pregnancy arrrrrgh

Postby nearlymumtobabyfk » 23 Oct 2014, 12:46

I was really struggling early on and unfortunately prune juice was the only thing that worked. Made me gag like hell, but it was desperate times...
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Re: Constipation, pregnancy arrrrrgh

Postby Pics » 23 Oct 2014, 12:56

Prunes here too. I treated them as medicine and ate about eight dried ones every day. Iona found the pack and ate half a pack and the effects on her were startlingly effective the next day!
Also, drink a big cup of very warm water just before you try and go - it really helped me.
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Re: Constipation, pregnancy arrrrrgh

Postby oriel » 23 Oct 2014, 15:04

Squat on the loo. It helps align things so the poo can come out more easily. It also trains you up for childbirth!

Also, put some toilet roll on your finger and stick it up your bum to loosen things up. (Not nice, I know.)

And add some magnesium in your diet, particularly if you're already supplementing with calcium. Magnesium citrate in particular helps (just don't take too much!). Magnesium oxide does nothing at all. Magnesium bisglycinate is easier to absorb but won't have such a profound effect on your innards.
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Re: Constipation, pregnancy arrrrrgh

Postby Riotproof » 23 Oct 2014, 22:13

Thank you ladies.
I feel a lot better this morning, at least partially because I slept all night through. I think with summer coming, I'll just up my fruit easily, thankfully.

I had a look at magnesium rich foods, oriel, because I think one more tablet might push me over the edge. They do seem like things I eat regularly.

I'll have to try and find the receipt for the sealed calcium tabs I've got, in case I can swap for the gentler kind.
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Re: Constipation, pregnancy arrrrrgh

Postby EnigmaFish » 23 Oct 2014, 22:55

Completely OT but it's great to hear you complaining about "normal" pregnancy discomforts. :)
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Re: Constipation, pregnancy arrrrrgh

Postby Riotproof » 23 Oct 2014, 23:27

EnigmaFish wrote:Completely OT but it's great to hear you complaining about "normal" pregnancy discomforts. :)

Lol. I'm kinda thrilled myself.

Though I wonder how normal it is to have the smell sensitivity and gagging return so late. I just put some of ds's soy yoghurt container in the bin and I was gagging from the smell.
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Re: Constipation, pregnancy arrrrrgh

Postby Kmac225 » 29 Oct 2014, 12:26

Not sure where you're from but Im in the US and I take Miralax....a powder you mix into your drink...works good for me!
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Re: Constipation, pregnancy arrrrrgh

Postby UnhappyRightFoot » 29 Oct 2014, 16:20

EnigmaFish wrote:Completely OT but it's great to hear you complaining about "normal" pregnancy discomforts. :)


This is exactly what I was thinking when I read your post RP!!!!
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