Pregnant and Constipated

Jade - posted on 09/28/2009 ( 26 moms have responded )

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Im sure this is TMI, but i need help. Im almost 6 months pregnant with my twins and get constipated alot even with all the water i drink ( like 6 water bottles day)and i know about using fiber or yogurt like thngs to slowly get things moving again but does anyone know of any "quick fixes" if i have a problem like hard/painful bowel movement in the mddle of the night?

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Deadra - posted on 09/28/2009

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I took a dose of Milk of Magnesia (I think 4 tablespoons). It's safe to use occasionally while pregnant. I would use it if I got too backed up, then i would try to get lots of fiber and water to get back on track. The only thing about it is you should be close to a bathroom because it may come over you quick.

Krista - posted on 09/28/2009

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You could do a suppository, which won't hurt the babies.

Also, try to have a salad with lunch and dinner. Use a lot of vegetables that are dark green. Spinach, broccoli and the likes.

Ruth - posted on 10/01/2009

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i had severe constipation before i got pregnant; so i was on miralax otc; so when i got pregnant my dr just kept me on it and it worked ok; i even took correctol one time and none of it affected my baby; miralax is too weak for me now & correctol is too strong so i opted for a natural senna laxative that i can take daily

Jade - posted on 09/28/2009

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Quoting Katelynne:

did you cut out caffiene when you got pregnant?

If you did.. try having a cup of coffee in the morning, or soda, whatever it was that you stopped doing on a regular basis. do it again just not as much, unless it was only one cup.. then get drinking again. One cup doesn't have enough caffiene to affect the baby.. you need 200mg of caffiene a day before it transfers. An a 20oz bottle of coke only has 57mg just to give you an idea.

I also had sucess with chinese food lol



I never really drank caffine before i was pg, just maybe a soda once a week or so if we went out to dinner, and my diet hasnt changed much,with the exception of having to eat way more with two baibes obviously lol

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Tricia - posted on 09/29/2009

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that is no fun, I spent some time in the hospital a while back..I was 27 weeks and I went into preterm labor and was hooked up to magnesium sulfate to stop the labor, and that stuff constipates you! I took lots of milk of magnesia while I was there, I keep at home now too..you can buy it at any drug store.. doesn't taste great but works pretty quick. I've also added prunes to my diet, a small handfull a day has done the job. Good luck!

Abbie - posted on 09/28/2009

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HONEY!! Honey is a natural diaretic! Also up your fiber. You can get added fiber in a lot of things. and exercise, Even just simple walking can help move that. I would say a tablespoon of honey daily will get things going.

Katelynne - posted on 09/28/2009

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did you cut out caffiene when you got pregnant?

If you did.. try having a cup of coffee in the morning, or soda, whatever it was that you stopped doing on a regular basis. do it again just not as much, unless it was only one cup.. then get drinking again. One cup doesn't have enough caffiene to affect the baby.. you need 200mg of caffiene a day before it transfers. An a 20oz bottle of coke only has 57mg just to give you an idea.

I also had sucess with chinese food lol

Deborah - posted on 09/28/2009

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Be very careful with laxatives or enemas, they can put you into early labor. A cup of apple juice, heated in the microwave, as warm as you can drink it will help. Aloe Vera juice is also very good. I buy " George's " aloe juice. Has no taste, taste just like water. You can drink it straight or put it in fruit juice, tea, etc. Drink 1/2 cup in the morning, and 1/2 cup at night. And I can't stress this enough, stay away from cheese!

Elizabeth - posted on 09/28/2009

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FIBER ONE BARS are yummy and help me out REALLLY Great!! Just dont do like i did and eat two or you'll suffer!! one with me within a few hours of eating it, it works wonders for me

Terri - posted on 09/28/2009

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This isn't a fast fix but, try eating grapes. They seemed to really help for me.

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I ate a bowl of Raisin Bran (Total) for breakfast and snack. It helped keep things moving LOL and I got folic acid and vitamins.

Jessie - posted on 09/28/2009

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My OB suggested that I take stool softeners to help me along. They worked like a dream! You should really double check with your doctor to see what he/she wants you to take, since opinions vary widely.

Shawn - posted on 09/28/2009

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Are you taking extra Iron, if you are maybe thats it. A friend of mine had the same problem and the doctor told her to take Flintstones w/iron. Definitely asked your doctor first.

Tiah - posted on 09/28/2009

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When I was pregnant I used Milk of Magnesia. It was on my list of OK things to use when pregnant. Only one dose. See if it works. You don't want to go to far the other way.

Amy - posted on 09/28/2009

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whatever you do..do not use castor oil. I did when I was 37 1/2 weeks pregnant because nothing else worked..and it put me into labor! I figured that was a possibility, thats why I never tried it till I was full term. You could try just a stool softener becasue if you are having hard bowel movements, than you just need to soften them up a little and most of the pill forms are safe during pregnancy.

Kate CP - posted on 09/28/2009

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Miralax and fleet enemas. I had to use enemas once a day when I was pregnant with my daughter. God, that sucked. Good luck, honey. :)

Cherice - posted on 09/28/2009

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well..i know you should drink lots of fluids maybe you can try prune juice(yes i know its nasty but it'll help), fiber supplements(as you know), or stool softners so when you do go it wont hurt..but i know you shoudnt take any laxatives because it could harm the babies possibly..but all in all you can ask your Doctor just so your comfortable w/whatever you try...

Krystal - posted on 09/28/2009

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ASK YOUR DOCTOR BECAUSE YOU MAKE TAKE SOMETHING AN IT WILL GET YOU INTO LABOR TRY 1 CUP OF APPLE JUICE 4 OUNCES AT A TIME THOUGH NOTHING WHERE YOU HAVE TO TAKE UNLESS PRESCRIBED BY THE DOCTOR YOU DONT NEED THOSE BABIES COMIN EARLY

Jessica - posted on 09/28/2009

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to maintain regularity make sure lots of fluids and fiber rich foods are consumed daily.

Maritza - posted on 09/28/2009

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What helped me was taking MiraLax twice a day. (am - pm) Drink plenty of fluids. Water & gatorade (for electrolytes). GL

Jessica - posted on 09/28/2009

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glycerin suppositories, if you aren't too squeamish about inserting one. I used the childrens size ones...much easier to put in and works within 30 minutes or so. You should be careful with laxatives because not all are safe for pregnancies. Call the nurse at your OB just to see what is a good one to take.

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My Dr. Sugested lots of water (which did not help me) and Miralax. Take it on a regular basis and you will not need the quick fix. I was told Miralax was one of the best out there. I will definately agree because after taking it on a regular basis I had no problems.

Louise - posted on 09/28/2009

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I had the same issue. I had to change my diet to involve lots of liquids. A suppository may help as a quick fix. You can find it in drug stores. I didn't use any but it was an option.

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