Post # 1
That’s right. Sleep and poop. You’ve come to the right place 🙂
Constipation is a bitch, and I am finding it is even more of a bitch when your eggo is preggo. I eat apples and while that was working for a few days it has since ceased. I feel very tight in my stomach because of this issue. My question: can I take psyllium fiber? I have Konsyl brand, if that makes a difference. I did ask my OB, but she has yet to get back to me on that. I do not want to eat those Fiber One bars if I don’t have to because I get extremely gassy after them, and the gas tends to sit in my lower abdomen. I do not need any more pressure on my lower abdomen right now.
When I laid down to sleep last night, my heart started pounding and racing (93 beats per minute). Of course, unable to sleep, I got up and attempted to convince myself I wasn’t going to die. I tracked my beats per minute, called the ER, and she said it was all good–just anxiety. She told me to take a warm bath and relax. Well I said screw the bath and cried myself to sleep on the couch instead for feeling helpless. I was able to go back to my own bed after that.
First, I don’t know what this is caused by. Internet says my body is creatinbg more oxygen and blood, and that’s ok, but what in the heck can I do to ease this discomfort or calm myself down? I did prop my head up last night, and that seemed to help, but anything else from someone who has went through this?
Thanks, Bees. I hope you guys aren’t sick of me yet. I have so many questions it seems.
Post # 3
Eating lots of fruits, vegetables, beans, and legumes is helpful. Are you on an iron supplement? That can contribute to constipation too.
I don’t know about psyllium, etc., because I eat a pretty heavily plant-based diet to begin with (vegetarian) and so, while things have slowed down, I haven’t really had to deal with full-blown constipation. I do notice that the more veggies I eat, though, the easier everything moves. The other evening I roasted butternut squash for dinner, and, well, let’s just say there were no problems on that front the next day …
Post # 4
@KCKnd2: I’ve been eating a lot of carrots, but nothing is morving. I haven’t even really been eating anything I can think of that would cause the constipation. I’m eating what I normally eat. Maybe I need to try more of a variation on my veggies.
Post # 5
Yeah, pregnancy definitely slows down your digestion significantly even without changes to your diet. I’ve noticed that for sure. I eat the same as I did before, tons of fruits and veggies and I guzzle water like it’s my job, but, well, the patterns are different even though the input is the same. I’m sure, though, that mixing it up with the vegetables will help. You might find some that help more than others. Soups, hummus, bean dip, etc., stuff like that is helpful too.
Post # 6
@megz06: I’ve been taking a gummy calcium/fiber supplement that is marketed for pregnant women – and it sort of helps. I’m 11w3d and the constipation issue has definitely lightened up a bit over the past few weeks. It was pretty brutal at first.
Post # 7
I have the biggest constipation problem pre-pregnancy, which means it only got worse once I got pregnant. My advice is take a fiber supplement or stool softner–which is safe, and drink as much water as you possibly can. Your prenatal vitamin has a ton of iron in it which causes constipation. Your digestive track needs more fluids to soften it up to move it out of your body. Drink no less than 64 oz of WATER (no juice) and try to even exceed the 64 oz in a day. I am telling you, it makes a load of difference. Another thing that helped me was walking…WALK to get things moving! 🙂 Good luck love.
As for the sleeping, I had the exact same thing in the first trimester and it freaked me out. I could feel my heartbeat in every part of my body as soon as I laid down. Our bodies just have more blood pumping through it. All I can say is try to relax and it’ll eventually pass.
Post # 8
@megz06: I had my first apt with my OB & the pregnancy nurse on Monday. They gave me a flyer with “natural remedies & safe over the counter medications.” Under constipation it has increase fluids & fiber in diet (such as prunes), exercise regularly (natural remedies). For over the counter remedies it says Metamucil(plain), Fiberall or Colace. I’m pretty lucky in this department but have struggled with constipation in the past & its awful! It sounds like you were anxious when you went to bed the other night. My HB was 93 at my docs visit on Monday because I was SO annoyed that they were running almost 1 hour behind. Try to stick to a bedtime routine that helps you unwind and remember to leave your worries at the door. After I brush my teeth every night, I rub lotion on my belly then read for 15-20 minutes before turning off my lamp. It really helps me unwind & get ready for sleep. I usually pass out right away because I’m so tired but if I have a hard time falling asleep I take deep yoga breaths (in through nose & out through mouth) and start counting down from 100.
Post # 9
walking definitely helps. on the days ive skipped walking the dog, things are a lot more blocked than when i do. normally after 30-40 mins im ready to go back to use the loo (tmi i know)
stool softeners are fine in pregnancy so trying them occasionally might help. also looooooads of water, more than you used to pre-pregnancy. Nuts always help get things moving for me, and bananas
im not sure about the racing heart aspect though – so im not sure what to suggest. deep calming breaths?
Post # 10
I had a serious constipation problem in my 1st trimester, totally unrelated to the prenatals since I’d been taking them for months. I found, if I didn’t have my regular BM in the morning (I’m very regular), I’d eat a handful of prunes & it would sort itself out. It took me a while to figure this trick out. I once didn’t poop for 3 days; my belly was bigger than it is now at 16 weeks! (YUCK!!)
Since about 12 weeks they’ve really sorted themselves out though. I think part of it is that I’m more proactive and the other is that I can finally stomach high fibre foods again! YAY!!
Post # 11
Exercise, and triple your water intake. And I definitely still “go” less now than I did then!
Post # 12
Have you tried prunes? Eat like 4-5 a day. All the benefits of a stool softener without the chemicals. 🙂
Post # 13
Luckily I haven’t had any problems with constipation throughout my pregnancy and I contribute it to continued exercise (although way modified from pre-pregnancy) and lots of water.
Post # 14
I agree with the PP who said prunes, and how do you feel about oatmeal? It helps quite a bit.
Post # 15
I have been eating oatmeal for fiber and my doctor okayed me to use Unisom to get to sleep- the insomnia was getting to me. I only take it when I absolutely need to (when I work the morning shift- 4x a week or when I haven’t slept in a few days) because I am afraid of doing any damage. But 1/2 a Unisom + b6 is supposedly the magic cure for MS so it must not be too bad for you!
Post # 16
have you tried a papaya supplement? DH has digestion issues sometime and he swears by papaya pills. if i have trouble digesting something and getting it to pass, i also use them– im not sure with you being preg, but since its a natural supplement, i’d assume is ok?