Painful Constipation in Early Pregnancy

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QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I am 8 weeks pregnant second child. I woke up this morning severely constipated. I went very white and was sweating profusely. I have never experienced this before. It took almost two hours of agonizing pain before I finally had a movement. Now I am afraid to go to the toilet again in case of reoccurance.

Please can you help me? I am really scared

Josey

ANSWER

During pregnancy, it is really important to drink a minimum of 2 liters of water per day. You can tell that you have enough if your urine is clear, not yellow. It is also important to eat lots of fiber. My own favorites are: fruits where you eat the skin or the seeds, like grapes or raspberries, but not bananas; salad; artichokes; raisins; whole grains (like in bran flakes); and beans (like in chili). A hot drink in the morning can also help. You should also get your half hour of exercise each day you are pregnant.

Because things get pretty crowded at the end of pregnancy, it is good to have your stools the consistency of tooth paste as much as you can. It's also important to go as soon as you feel the urge, because the longer it stays in you, the harder the stool gets. So four things: water, fiber, hot drink and exercise--every day!

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

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