Post # 1
Started taking prenatals and Omega 3’s about 2 months ago and ever since my stool has been get harder and I’m feeling somewhat constipated. For the past week or so I’ve been noticing a littler blood on the TP (not in the toilet or stool) and even more today.
Just wondering if anyone has experienced something similar? I looked through some other posts and I know people mentioned may be because iron (my vit has 27mg). I take it before bed but I am going to start taking in the morning since I saw that suggested on a previous board (so that it is not sitting in tummy overnight). Can I take a stool softner with the prenatals and omega-3’s?
Thanks in advance!
Post # 2
they make prenatals without iron. That should clear things up. or, try to get more fiber in.
Post # 3
thanlon_88: Take a stool softener, up your fibre and drink more water.
Post # 5
Drink a glass of apple juice per day. Helped me.
Post # 6
It would be much better to take a prenatal without iron than to take a stool softener. The gummies are iron-free. I take them for the same reason.
Post # 7
Fiberwell Gummies! They are a lifesaver, and they taste good too. I’ve been on them nearly my whole pregnancy, and no doctor has ever said anything bad about them. Plus, try to add fiber-rich foods into your diet.
Honestly though, pregnancy made my constipation way worse than the prenatals didt; plus, once you’re pregnant, you’ll probably need the iron, so I’d work on figuring out a way to handle things with the iron rather than just skipping that part.
Post # 8
Iron will stop you up! But if you have problems with anemia, they are also a life saver and give you energy you never thought you could have. Especially once you are pregnant because your blood volume increases a lot. Drink plenty of water and take a stool softener. Colace is great, but if you get a tummy ache from not being able to pass your stool, milk of mag is very gentle. Take it at night and you will wake up in the morning able to poop. It is wonderful.
Post # 9
Increase fluid intake, exercise, and fiber 🙂
Post # 10
Like others have said, switch to a low iron or iron free version and then try and eat some kind of leafy green every day. That way you’ll get iron and fiber.
Ps, when you get pregnant the constipation gets worse. Warm lemon water, club soda, and fiber are your friends.
Post # 11
Switch to an iron free version until you’re pregnant. Unless you’re anemic or have a low iron diet (like me, vegetarian) then you probably don’t need the extra boost while TTC. Just add some iron rich foods to your diet instead. And add some fiber rich foods for a day or 2 to get you going, so to speak.
Post # 12
Thanks ladies – I drink a ton of water and exercise regularly and eat pretty healthy (obviously not enough fibre). Since it gets worse during preg I am definitely going to switch over to an iron-free version! Thanks 🙂
Post # 13
thanlon_88: Before you give up on iron, you could also try switching brands to one that’s designed to be easy on the stomach since you’ll have to find one that works once you are PG anyway. I take Rainbow Light Prenatal One (30 mg iron) and have never experienced any problems. Here’s what they claim:
Plant-source enzymes, ginger juice and probiotics support digestion and absorption, for no stomach upset.