Constipation Woes

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Constipation Woes

So I'm asking you girls because I know I can get some good answers!

I had an appointment last week and told the OB about the severe constipation, think it hadn't happened in at least 1 1/2 weeks. I've always had issues and was diagnoased with IBS many years ago. With Kaylin, everything worked itself out. This time, I am MISERABLE. Like sitting here nearly in tears from the gas/constipation pains. They had me do gycerin suppositories last week, twice, that produced NOTHING. I've been doing miralax with no success.

I am going to call the nurse line quickly, surely there is something else I can do? Any ideas? I will seriously do anything to make this stop!

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Oh man, that sounds painful. I wish I had some tips. I'm SO not regular, like once every week or two, but I never actually get constipated that often. I have no suggestions other than what you have already tried. Hopefully they can come up with something that will help. Good luck!

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I can so sympathize.... but have never had good results from anything my doctor suggested. The best I could do was try to overdose on vegetables and water intake and eat little meat and starch. But I'll tell you, you just don't want to end up with colon fissures which somehow are even worse. I'd speak to the doctor and pharmacist ASAP and make it clear that it is an EXTREMELY MISERABLE and URGENT situation.

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My mom swears by Kiefer Milk, it's kind of like a drinkable yogurt. I was drinking that when I was having all my issues. Lots of water helps too........hmm let me think and I will see what I come up with. Sorry you are in pain girlie Sad

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I too have severe IBS.. Try taking some colace, get it at the pharmacy.. Its safe and my OB rec it.. I still take it..

A nice warm cup of coffee might help too... I would also have DH slowly in a circular motion massage my tummy.. I would cry the pains hurt so bad, but him GENTLY massaging would help so much..

Hugs honey!

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Oh I wanted to add too don't hesitate to call and stress your hurting.. Constipation is no joke, and you do NOT want to get impacted and have to be admitted to the hospital. BTDT and it sucks!

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It probably won't help a lot at this point, but you might try eating Activia daily and it might help prevent you from getting this bad again. I had to eat it regularly while pregnant, and even sometimes when not pregnant.

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I knew you girls could help!

I am drinking a TON of water so I'll keep increasing. I'll try the colace as well, anything if it helps. I need to increase veggies. I wish I could eat yogurt, I've never been a fan...maybe I'll try it again.

Waiting on the nurse to call me back this morning to see what else I should do. I woke up at midnight after rolling over with my entire stomach hurting b/c of this mess. IBS sucks...and it really blows with pregnancy b/c everything seems to slow down!

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Rebecca, I don't like yogurt either. The ONLY kind I can tolerate is the Vanilla activia and then I put cheerios in it or fruit. I can't eat it plain. Maybe you could make it into a fruit smoothie? It is certainly not what I wanted to have for breakfast daily, but when I went too many days without eating it, I could tell that it was really helping.

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I also second the yogurt, especially Activia. Live cultures in general, you can also buy pre and probiotics at health food stores, refrigerated in capsule form. We always have some in our fridge - great for the health, and they certainly work to keep things 'active' down there. I used them when I had my fissures after the birth of Mimi, to keep things loose.

:bighug: Rebecca, that sounds absolutely miserable.. I really hope some of these suggestions help TODAY!

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Thanks Zoe & Kirsten - I am going to get some of the Activia and try it. The nurse finally called back and they had me take a full dose of Milk of Magnesia. After that works, I am supposed to take Colace for awhile to keep everything regular. But I will def try other alternatives to constant medicine, like the probiotics (I think I have some at home!).

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If you don't like yogurt- you can try GoodBelly. We love GoodBelly and so do the kids-- keeps everything in balance.

My mw wants every mama to poop at least once/day.....and I'm good at that :wink:.

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My dh swears by Plum Smart. (Made by Sunsweet in the regular juice aisle) The colace should definitely help, too!

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"boilermaker" wrote:

If you don't like yogurt- you can try GoodBelly. We love GoodBelly and so do the kids-- keeps everything in balance.

My mw wants every mama to poop at least once/day.....and I'm good at that :wink:.

Where do I get the GoodBelly at?!

I tried the Milk of Mag yesterday and NOTHING. So today I took 3 colace, we'll see.

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"Readyforbaby1" wrote:

My dh swears by Plum Smart. (Made by Sunsweet in the regular juice aisle) The colace should definitely help, too!

I drank this with Kaylin - must remember to get it!

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Our grocery store sells GoodBelly--in the refrigerator aisle, near the drinkable yogurt/probiotic drinks. Not sure if WalMart carries it, but it comes in both individual servings of GoodBelly or 2 qt. containers. Good luck!

http://www.goodbelly.com/homepage