laxative that's safe at 40 weeks? midwife said I feel constipated in sweep and this might slow things down but have heard horror stories about castor oil etc?

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Sillylass79 Fri 21-Mar-14 13:55:08

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nevergoogle Fri 21-Mar-14 14:01:10

best to contact your GP or midwife to see what they suggest. I think Lactulose is fine, but best to check with somebody who really knows.

Technical Fri 21-Mar-14 14:02:02

Lactulose. it probably says on the bottle that you shouldn't without medical advice but your GP will tell you it's OK.

sonlypuppyfat Fri 21-Mar-14 14:04:59

Tinned grapefruit gives me a good scouring.

shinynewnickname Fri 21-Mar-14 14:06:39

I took fybogel all through my pregnancies. It's gentle but effective. You can get it in most chemists or supermarkets. I took the orange flavour and whilst it doesn't taste amazing it's ok.

KatAndKit Fri 21-Mar-14 14:06:48

Packet of dried apricots.

TheGreatHunt Fri 21-Mar-14 14:08:38

Drink loads of water, eat dried apricots and go for s few walks. The last thing you want is a massive turd during labour grin hmm

VenusDeWillendorf Fri 21-Mar-14 14:09:07

Syrup of figs. It's for kids, so is fine for you as it won't cross over the placenta.

I'd be wary of making your baby poop her meuconium!

VenusDeWillendorf Fri 21-Mar-14 14:13:00

GreatHunt, it's probably better to have a huge poo during labour, than still be constipated afterwards. Ouchy first poo.... biscuit

Take half a bottle of syrup of figs, and wait to see if it moves anything. Drink a few glasses water extra, and do some walking up and down the stairs.

Oh and best of luck with the birth and beyond sillylass, we are all clucking away for you- let us know how it went for you!

TheGreatHunt Fri 21-Mar-14 14:24:43

Yes that's true! Although that happened to me despite having a pretty labour clear out. I remember the dash to the loo as it was all so urgent! why don't they tell you these things

TheGreatHunt Fri 21-Mar-14 14:25:13

*pre labour. Not pretty.

emmac3616 Sat 22-Mar-14 19:26:33

PRUNE JUICE! Lots of it, works wonders!!! I avoided any other laxative for the whole of my pregnancy and post partum recovery as a result of drinking one glass morning and night. SERIOUSLY - i cannot recommend it highly enough. Tastes like crap but I would now not be without it!

Catnuzzle Sat 22-Mar-14 19:32:16

Agree with Emma. Prune juice all the way. I actually quite like it!

stargirl1701 Sat 22-Mar-14 19:33:01

Prunes, water and exercise.

Billygoats Tue 25-Mar-14 16:31:56

Loads of baked beans! I got constipated after giving birth to the point of causing piles, and these worked wonders.

Sillylass79 Tue 25-Mar-14 16:43:10

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mathanxiety Thu 27-Mar-14 03:53:18

The other problem is sometimes an indication that things are a-moving.

ThePequod Thu 27-Mar-14 11:59:10

Yep, I couldn't stop pooing in early labour! DD was back to back as well so it really hurt! But there was no poo left by the time I got to hospital, so no lumps in the birthing pool or anything grin

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