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39+1 constipation for 4 days going insane !!!

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donewithbeingpreg Fri 03-Apr-20 18:28:12

Tmi ....

Ok, here I was thinking it was round the corner. I've had almost every symptom under the sun of labour starting up these last couple of days. But today I realised, I haven't been successful on the toilet for 4/5 days now!!!

Every time I try, I can not get anything out. It just hurts like I need to run to the toilet, then nothing. Days this has been happening. The most I've got out is.. sorry... "rabbit droppings" and that's all. Any suggestions?? Can I still go into labour with constipation like this?? Or will it not happen until I've let it loose ??

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Elouera Fri 03-Apr-20 18:35:22

Have you heard of a 'squatty potty'? With each pregnancy, the hormones gave me the worst constipation ever, and the potting thing was the only thing that helped. A normal, seated toilet puts your bowel into an S shape and makes it harder to poo. A squatty potty puts your legs up, and straightens out the bowel, making it a lot easier to poo. (in desperation once in early pregnancy, I had to squat over the toilet bowl by balance my feet on the seat!)

A small, type stool does the same thing, or anything that will raise your feet off the ground and lift your knees up. Anything to get you into a similar position (or as close as your can) to actually squatting down completely to the ground (but whilst sitting on the toilet seat).

HotDogGuy Fri 03-Apr-20 18:38:09

Glycerol suppositories are the only thing that worked for me. The first lot of constipation was 7 days after that I never let it get over 3 days.
I also drank fibre gel by what seemed like the gallon

Elieza Fri 03-Apr-20 18:42:35

That sounds horrible OP. I hope you find something that helps soon.

Did sheldon or Leonard or someone in Big Bang theory have a toilet stool they put their feet on to help with such moments?! Perhaps it’s an every day thing for Americans to have a foot rest not just pregnant women?!

Happycow Fri 03-Apr-20 18:50:04

Squatty potty / step to raise your feet, and 250ml of prune juice on an empty stomach! (Voice of experience unfortunately)

donewithbeingpreg Fri 03-Apr-20 18:57:06

Thank you all!! Such quick replies!

Obviously I'm not supposed to be going down to the shops with this whole pandemic going on, but I may have to tomorrow morning to grab some!

As for the squatting, I could try, idk how you managed though 😂 this baby bump is in the way even say normally on the toilet 😩 especially now his head is engaged! But I'll give it a go next time I get the urge

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Elouera Fri 03-Apr-20 19:25:27

You don't need to squat right down, you just need something to raise each foot off the ground. Ideally far apart for the bump can sit inbetween your knees. A brick under each foot, phone books (if you still have them) or even a really large can or jar under each foot. Anything to just raise them up.

Lunafortheloveogod Fri 03-Apr-20 19:40:38

Take a bucket/storage box/ anything big enough to up turn n put your feet on to help you “squat” legs open not closed kind of thing to let the bump get it’s space.. bloody awkward but it helps.

And an absolute ton of water.. you might be able to order lactulose/prunes online instead of heading to the shops

donewithbeingpreg Fri 03-Apr-20 19:43:49

Few things under each foot, I'll give it a go.
As for ordering... things won't arrive for a while. I've had a look, nothing says it can get to me soon enough 😩 I'm just pigging out on fruits and water !!

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strawberry2017 Fri 03-Apr-20 19:44:51

Could you eat some bran flakes? They always seem to help me! X

Sweetpea1989 Fri 03-Apr-20 20:05:47

Keffir for breakfast worked best for me x

mynameisntlouise Fri 03-Apr-20 22:30:19

I had this earlier in pregnancy. I found Laxido sachets worked best and fastest for me, I THINK you can buy them over the counter at the pharmacy.

Lactulose didn't work for me at all.

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