not really the most attractive question...

@stacyv81 (5904)
United States
June 20, 2007 11:22am CST
I know this isnt the most attractive question in the world, but for who know, that is being pregnant =) What do you do for early pregnancy constipation? I know it is normal, I heard metamucil is good, but for those who have experienced this what worked for you?
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@eden32 (3976)
• United States
20 Jun 07
Well first understand what's happening; your body slows down the process so that it can absorb more nutrients from your foods. You may not be going as often as normal, but (excuse me for being undelicate here) if it's not hard to pass then don't worry about it. If it is hard to pass and/or you are uncomfortable, start with the least aggressive remedies & work up if needed. Start with staying hydrated, which is important in pregnancy regardless. A good 8-10 8oz glasses of water a day, more if you have multiples (I seem to remember you posting you were thinking there could be twins), more if you drink some caffeine which can dehydrate you, and more if it's hot out or you're working hard at something. Next make sure you're getting plenty of fiber rich foods, oatmeal, grits, whole wheat breads, bran flakes, etc. and lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Also check out your prenatal vitamins, many contain extra iron. If your diet and iron level is good you may not need the extra iron, talk to your health care provider to help make that decision. If you do need the extra iron there are forms that are more digestible & won't cause constipation, but at the moment I can't think of the brand name of that. Basically the ones that are plant-based are more digestible than the ones that are not. If none of that helps then talk to your doctor about a stool softener and use it only when you need to. Excessive use can lead to a dependency on them. They can cause dehydration which in turn leads to more constipation.
@stacyv81 (5904)
• United States
21 Jun 07
thank you! I knew you'd have a great answer for this...=)
@jbb316 (1779)
• United States
26 Jun 07
I am 6 months pregnant and I had the same problem. My doctor said stool softeners and drinking lots of water. he said any of the over the counter stool softeners you can find at the pharmacy will work. Not drinking enough water can cause constipation and fluid retention. When I talked to my Dr and told him I was only going to the bathroom once a week he checked and said I had gained 9 pounds of fluid and that water would fix them both. We are supposed to drink 64 ounces of water per day and that is so hard for me to do.
@shemah (841)
• Malaysia
23 Jun 07
hmm.. i would say lots of fiber and loads and loads of water. I think the two fruits that really help are bananas and papayas. Papayas really do the job. Most people don't like the smell of it, so what you can do to rid it of the smell and make it taste better is to squeeze lime over it. Hope it helps. After all we're in the same predicament. lol!
• United States
23 Jun 07
I never really had this problem in early pregnancy, but in the late stages and post-partum, I sure did. I ate All Bran Wheat Flakes cereal every day for a month or two. It took a few days for it to help, but after that, it was like clockwork.
@roxprice (30)
• United States
21 Jun 07
A friend of mine that used to be a nurse recommends the following: half prune juice and half 7-up or Sprite. Sounds like it might taste a little odd, but it would be safe.
@34momma (13895)
• United States
21 Jun 07
i just drank alot of water. and eat alot of green veggies. and prums work well too. you can go online and look up foods that you can eat that will help you out with that. i just know for me personally these things help. if you make sure you get a lot of veggies, water, and fruits you should be ok. beans work well too
• United States
21 Jun 07
I never had this problem, but I would say eat more foods high in fiber and ask your dr. what you can take to help. I always had this problem after the baby was born and took exlax, but I don't believe you can take that. Good Luck!
• United States
21 Jun 07
I drank lots of water and power-walked.
@Gemmygirl1 (2870)
• Australia
21 Jun 07
I have to admit, i was lucky & never suffered from this while pregnant but my daughter did a little while after she was born (when i had to swap her to formula) - everyone recommended you use Prune Juice, it's a natural thing that a lot of people seem to like so it cant hurt to give that a try! It should also be cheaper than buying the things like metamucal so why not give it a try!
@roniroxas (10576)
• Philippines
21 Jun 07
i drink a lot of lemon juice, or i think people from your country call it freshly squeeze lemon-aide. here in our country there is a citrus fruit that is like lemon and we call it calamansi. i drink a glass of this juice everyday to control the comstipation. it is also good for the baby because the baby will have strong bones and nice teeth. goodluck with your pregnancy
@shan_ab (377)
• India
21 Jun 07
Drinking lots of water adn other fluids really helps to get teh relief from constipation to some exetnt. Drink warm water and lime juice a lot. I have experienced that this healps. Also I have heard that eatign banana helps, though I don't know about this. I don't like bananas. Increasing the fibre content in yoru food like eating whole fruits instead of fruit juices also helps in reducing this problem