(Closed) From constipation to loose stools…what? TMI and kind of long.

posted 8 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
1577 posts
Bumble bee

That actually happened to me early on, too. My bowels were very unpredictable for much of the first trimester, but it seems to have evened itself out now. I think it has to do with the hormones and the prenatal vitamins.

Post # 4
2073 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m not pregnant but I do have a bowel disorder.  I can tell you that some times, if I’ve been constipated for days when I finally have a good poop, I will get loose stool/ diahrrea for a few days after.  Because of my Crohn’s I also get horrible intestinal cramps that seriously make me feel like I’m dying at times.  My point is that maybe it isn’t your uterus contracting and causing the cramps, maybe it’s your bowel.  Just wanted to try to ease your mind a little bit.  Hope you and baby are ok!


Post # 5
173 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I actually had the same issue.. I would be ridiculously constipated and then I’d wake up in the morning with a stomach ache and loose stools. I was concerned too and did some research. I found that your stools could have both issues depending on your hormone levels changing. I also started to realize it was more stomach pains that I was mistaking for cramps. If you’re really stressed call the dr and see what they say. Maybe they can get you in earlier for a peace of mind. Btw I am 10 weeks tomorrow so we are probably feeling some similar issues!

Post # 6
898 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I was on zofran for 3 months and was only severely constipated, but a week or two after I stopped, I did have loose stools on-and-off for about 4 days.  But, I also wasn’t nauseous anymore and was eating too much junk food, PLUS I drank coffee for the first time in 4 months, and it didn’t make me sick, so I drank it oncee a day for 3 days.

Now I’m back to normal, so I was guessing it was just my body getting used to not taking Zofran/dealing with coffee again/eating junk food.

Yours might be the same?

Post # 7
405 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

when i was pregnant at 9 or 10 weeks, i was very very constipated. it was the worst feeling ever!

Post # 8
369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

It doesn’t sound like alarm bells to me (although, I’d probably change my tune if it were me!) but I’d call my dr’s office during business hours if you are really concerned.

Post # 9
206 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have also been vacillating from constipated to…well…the other extreme. I have always had a sensitive stomach and this pregnancy has not been helping. It gets better when I eat well, so I’ve started drinking a green smoothie everyday to help get some fresh fruit and veggies in my diet, since the thought of having to eat spinach (or anything green really) makes me want to hurl. 

Post # 10
1675 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Welcome to pregnancy 🙂 I’m 34 weeks and experience stuff like this regularly – totally normal. It has to do with the hormones’ effects on your GI tract.

Post # 12
197 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Ha, just wait it gets better! 😉  These are normal pregnancy side effects, your body is changing like crazy and hormones are all over the place.  My doctor did mention that women who complain about it more tend to take hard pre-natal vitamins compared to the ones who take the gummy ones.  

Post # 13
192 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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@funkyone8604:  This could also be partially due to the iron found in most hard prenatals that isn’t in gummies. I was horribly constipated for most of my pregnancy and then it continued post-partum (which is even worse!!), despite taking stool softeners and not taking pain meds, until I had an “aha” moment and stopped taking the iron-enriched vitamins in favor of gummies. However, all the gummies I’ve found lack calcium, so it could mean adding that in to the mix as a separate supplement.

You could ask you doctor/midwife if you need the extra iron, not all pregnant women do.

Also, as old fashioned as it sounds, I eat a small handfull of prunes nearly every day now and my life is so much nicer in the poo department!

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