help i havent pooped in 3 weeks at least

Amanda - posted on 06/08/2010 ( 21 moms have responded )

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im 6 1/2 moths pregnate and i just cant seem to poop i tried everything i could think of to get it out it is causing me so much pain i suffer all day and nite from thins anyone else have this problem or know how to take care of this problem

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Elaina - posted on 06/10/2010

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I just went through the same thing 2 weeks ago and it was a horrifying experience. I finally had to go and my body tried pooing out a soft ball. I had to go in manually with gloves and it has scard me for life. I now eat a few prunes every day and I am able to poo more regularly as in every 3-5 days. I was so embarrassed I didn't even tell my husband and I tell him everything usually. So I hope my embarrassing story could help you or I might feel like it wasn't worth telling it.

Ali Marie - posted on 06/11/2010

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You definately need to see your DR because he/she can prescribe something that is safe for you and the baby. I had constipation problems with my first pregnancy (although thankfully I never went 3 weeks, that is a long time!!!) Eat lots of green stuff, drink lots of fluid, don't eat bananas, eat fiber cereal...everything everyone else has been saying is good. One thing no one mentioned is Milk Of Magnesia. The white bottle tastes like chalk but the pink one isn't so bad and you should be able to go w/in an hour or two.

Good luck!!!

Aubrey - posted on 06/08/2010

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Metamucil and Miralax work...increase your fiber and water. Call your doc

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3 weeks is extreme! Go see your doctor immediately! The others have given some great advice- drink plenty of water, eat lots of fruit and veges every day. Some fruits are better than others for example eating kiwi fruit 3 or more in one day will loosen things up. Avoid things that block you up (for example white bread). Eat a high fibre cereal like porridge with sultana's or a bit of fruit to boost your fibre intake. If you're taking iron pills that will stiffen things up too and you may need to get a better alternative like a liquid form. A balanced diet is very important especially at the stage you're at and onwards where constipation becomes an even bigger problem.

Amber - posted on 06/09/2010

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Wow! That's along time! Prune juice is gross but it does the trick. Just make sure you drink lots of water too. Sorry!

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Robena - posted on 06/11/2010

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PLEASE GO TO YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY...... You could have a blocked bowel and could need an enema.. they are not as bad as they sound, very easy to do (even at home if you have someone you're comfortable with) and they work almost immediately. Prune juice, pears, Senna (poo softener) and lots and lots of water may also help... but you don't want bulking agents/ high fibre if you do have a blocked bowel as it will only get worse...SO, SEE YOUR DOCTOR!!!!

Jennifer - posted on 06/10/2010

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Have you tried Senna? It's all natural, and safe to take while pregnant. Though I do have to say, if it's been that long since you've gone, you're probably impacted and may need manual help from a nurse or doctor to clear it. It's no fun, but you'll feel much better! Go see your doctor, and be sure to tell him/her what's going on.

Oh, and also, speak to your dr. about your prenatals. They may be what's stopping you up. I went off of my prenatals at around 4mos. because I couldn't go to the bathroom and just started taking a women's multivitamin that my dr. recommended. It helped a lot!

Good luck!

Letitia - posted on 06/09/2010

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i suffered constipation my whole life and tried most of the things mention here but have found the only thing to work for me and its completely natural and also NOT a laxative.

Get phsyllium(spel?) seeds (not husks) from health shop.

soak overnight or 6 - 8 hours in apple juice or water or something preferred by you.

i usually pour some water over it before taking it and mix it until its quite watery then just drink it down. try for 2 days then maybe take it every couple of days or less/more often depending on your system.

Elizabeth - posted on 06/09/2010

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Metamucil - I swear by it now. Just have a glass before bed, and usually you'll have results before noon. Also, increase your water intake. I'm up to almost 2 quarts of water/day. I just fill a 2 quart pitcher, leave it on the counter out in the open, and that's my goal for the day.

Christina - posted on 06/08/2010

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Take a good Magnesium supplement. My son who has had a really bad problem with constipation since he was born (he's 6 now)...has improved SOOO much after he took this for about one month. He improved very quickly, but after he ran out of it, I was afraid he'd be back where he was. He did get a little worse after about a month without it, but I think it helped heal whatever was going on, because he is still doing much better and has been able to go more regularly without all the straining and super hard poop. I recently got some more for my daughter, who has been complaining of stomach aches. I did try the Miralax with BOTH of them, but it didn't work. The Magnesium did it!! We use the Peter Gillham's Natural Vitality Natural Calm brand. It comes in different flavors too. It is powder form. You mix it in warm water to turn it into an ionic magnesium, VERY absorbable by the body in this form.
I hope you find relief very soon!

Joanna - posted on 06/08/2010

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My doctor told me glycerin suppositories were safe to use sparingly during pregnancy... my prenatal vitamins really make me constipated so she said if I don't have a BM for a week then to use one, and they work every time!

Nicole - posted on 06/08/2010

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Vitamin C. but at this point you need to call your doc asap! Your body needs to have bowel movements! Go long enough and it'll be fatal.

PETA - posted on 06/08/2010

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I have never had this problem, butI have read constipation is a problem in pregnacy, it is effected by your hormones. I would see your doctor or care provider, as this is far to long between movement. Try prunes( soak in water over night at least), it works for old people, anything with fibre.

Keara - posted on 06/08/2010

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Don't eat bananas... they will slow things down... Coffee is a diruetic, which means it will make you go, but usually u just urinate a lot more... but try drinking a hot drink then a cold drink then a hot drink then a cold drink.... or have one of each in front of you and drink some of one then the other, it softens things up inside and gets ur intestines doing their job... and def go see your doctor, you shouldn't ever go more than a few days without a BM unless that is your natural pattern.. also try getting more fiber in every day, oh and walking or rocking back and forth well you are cramping will also help to get things going... try not to push too hard tho cuz that'll give you more problems

Angelique - posted on 06/08/2010

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I have IBS - so I was DREADING the whole constipation thing with pregnancy. Luckily I've found that eating at least a handful of raisins and sultanas during the day and keeping my water intake to 2 litres or more a day has helped keep my tummy sorted. Try it - worst case scenario the raisins will boost your iron levels and your energy.

Good luck!

Nicole - posted on 06/08/2010

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I know its a "laxative" but my OB told me I could use Miralax!!! A capful will get things going! Its NON addictive, and really works. I also give it my 2 year old when she gets constipated. Talk to your OB before you use it, but I am telling you its my life saver when Im pregnant!!! I will pray that you poop! Thats another thing I do, pray for poop! LOL!

Jane - posted on 06/08/2010

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have you tried having a little spinach salad every night after dinner? by morning you should feel better. it's an easy way to keep things moving, it's not harsh on your system.

Erica - posted on 06/08/2010

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I was actually told that bananas can stop you up. Cut out caffine and chocolate if you haven't already. Apple juice will help, but you really need the entire apple. Dulcolax has a stool softner (not a laxative) that helped with my first pregnancy a lot. Drink tons of water, don't ever go more than 10 minutes without a sip and chug when are even slightly thirsty.

But really, at this point, I would call your Dr., you could get impacted (not a pretty word, I know) and need more help than diet can provide.

Good luck!

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If i were you i would go see your doctor. In the meantime try drinking apple juice and eating bananas or yogurt. Or you could try one of those yogurts that have fiber in it.

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