Post # 1
I’m nine weeks and quite possibly one of my WORST symptoms is that I am extremely constipated. As someone who normally is very regular, this is awful! I feel bloated and gross all of the time. I feel like I have to go, but nothing happens. I could sit there all day and I don’t think anything would happen. I’ve heard prune juice helps so I think I’ll be trying that very soon. A lot of websites reccomend lots of water and fiber (veggies) but I honestly have aversions to both right now so it’s very hard for me to consume without gagging.
Anyone else have this problem? Does it ever get better over the span of pregnancy?
Post # 2
Yep! I had to take Colace almost daily because it was so bad. It did get better for me during the second trimester but came back out of nowhere in the beginning of the third. I had an aversion to pretty much all vegetables in the first trimester so I ate Fiber One bars, which were helpful but only if I also drank lots of water.
Post # 3
A friend of mine swore by colace during her pregnancy. I am not pregnant, but I make fruit smoothies. Putting a whole kiwi in (skin on) is pretty effective. Lots of water is of course good too.
Post # 4
Are you taking prenatals? If so, it’s the iron stopping you up.
My 100% fix is:
3 colace, 6 psyllium fiber husk pills & all the water you can handle. Every single day. It’s the only thing that helps. Water is vital because if you up your fiber you need to up water, and if you don’t, you’ll only back yourself up harder. I use the walgreens equivilants of both the colace & psyllium.
Post # 5
boogiewoogies: I’m going to check out the colace for sure and I never even thought of fiber one bars! Before I was pregnant I drank a ton of water and ate relatively healthy. I actually love most vegetables so it’s been tough! I can’t even think of the foods I used to eat on a daily basis without my stomach turning!
erosie: Smoothies sound like a good option. I’ll see if I can handle drinking one in the mornings lol.
Hyperventilate: I am taking prenatals but I was noticing constipation before I even knew I was pregnant, which was unusual for me. I’m going to try this. It’s hard for me to drink water if it’s not super cold with a ton of ice, but I’m going to try and and drink as much as I can.
Post # 6
try Miralax! it works wonders
Post # 7
jessxliii: Nine weeks here too! *waves*
I’m taking fiber gummies every day, twice a day.
Post # 8
I’m 24 weeks and still having this problem (I don’t think it’s going away!). I take colace every other day and drink lots of water. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. But when I have that feeling like you described, like I have to go but can’t, I’ll make a hot tea or just hot water and sip at it while taking a walk and it almost always helps move things along. For me, diet & prenatals have nothing to do with it! But FWIW, the first trimester was a million times worse with all that progesterone slowing things down. It should get better!
Post # 9
How far along are you?
I would have the WORST constipation at the beginning. I was going once a week, and then later in the week I would have a horrible night of diarhea. It seemed fiber didn’t help, and I had aversions to everything except carbs.
I would say just hang in there. At around 13 weeks when I started eating more, things got back to normal.
Post # 10
It’s the progesterone that’s causing the constipation – it should theoretically get better soon but some women are just really sensitive. The one thing that worked for me post partum (which is a whole differenf ballgame) was warm prune juice with a pat of butter. i would also suggest colace daily.
Post # 11
Water, water, water. And correct toilet posture!! Knees up on a stool like a squat. Or get a squatty potty.
Post # 12
I have heard dried prunes work wonders. And it’s not really medicine. Don’t have many, apparently they really work!!
btw, this WILL be Too Much Information: haemorroids are a big thing during pregnancy. If you do get one, go to the doctor asap! The sooner, the easier they are to treat and the least problems you’ll have. Some people can have a lot of pain. Also, avoid straining in the toilet. If you feel like a vein is about to pop in your head, you’re doing it wrong.
Post # 13
parislover: I’ll have to look into Miralax, thanks!
Soon2bmrs1: Ah, so exciting! Congrats! Another good suggestion, thank you!
MrsTVLover: I’m nine weeks. I am only going once a week and it’s not very much. I’ll try the tea/water! I’m willing to try any suggestion! Lol. And yes, I can’t seem to eat anything other than carbs!
knpswp: I bought some prune juice but I havent tried it yet because I don’t think I can stomach it right now, but I might just have to plug my nose and chug!
pink.lemonade: I actually use a squatty potty! Lol!
ccc_red: Yes, I try not to strain because I would like to avoid hemorrhoids if possible.
Post # 14
jessxliii: yogurt and probiotic dairy drinks worked wonders for me. I also drank those Naked brand smoothies with chia seeds In them and that helped a lot too. I have to be careful about too much fiber because my body just isn’t used to it so I get HORRIBLE gas and cramping if I eat fiber one bars.
Between lots of water and probiotic dairy I kept it under control until it eased up on its own around 12/13 weeks and never had to resort to colace. The few times I got unbearably uncomfortable I just had Chinese take out for dinner and it solved the problem in a matter of hours :/
Post # 15
10 weeks here, I never knew pregnancy constipation was a thing but it for sure is! Drinking a ton of water and eating watermelon are the only things that have really helped me. Ocassionally I will have half a cup or so of coffee and that helps when I really need it. Hope you get some relief soon!