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onlygirl Sun 14-Nov-10 18:09:15

Almost 24 weeks pregnant and not been for 4 days( sorry if tmi) pharmacist recomended lactulose solution but it's not helped. I've been eating loads of fruit and veg and drinking lots of water but still nothing. I need to know if anyone has any recomendations, I'm desperate xx

hazchem Sun 14-Nov-10 18:15:57

move about!
honestly up your exersize. an extra 10-30 minutes walk a day will help.

sotough Sun 14-Nov-10 18:17:06

hi, i went through a really bad phase of this, around your stage of pregnancy, and thought it would be like that all the way through. nothing really seemed to work except water, and exercise, but one good thing is it seemed to be a phase that passed. i'm now 31 weeks and not getting it nearly as badly. so hopefully it will go away in a few weeks time max.

clarabella18 Sun 14-Nov-10 18:24:51

How much and how often are you taking the lactulose? My ds suffers with constipation and when he does he starts off with about 20ml of the lactulose for a few days he e entually goes but he still takes 5-10ml a day for the next few days to make sure everything stays soft and easy to pass (sorry tmi) and as hazchem says lots of exercise helps too!

Crystylline Sun 14-Nov-10 18:33:23

fruit juice and lactulose for me.

mine was around the same time and very uncomfortable, so you have my absolute sympathy.

I'm now 30 weeks and it's mostly eased off.

onlygirl Sun 14-Nov-10 18:35:36

Thanks everyone. Erm laculose 15mls twice per day!

bettywobble Sun 14-Nov-10 19:35:10

I eat loads of satsumas or clementines lol!

LunaticFringe Sun 14-Nov-10 20:10:07

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violetwellies Sun 14-Nov-10 20:53:07

Dried prunes and figs, large amounts of grapes any other fruit I fancy, lots of juice. I normally do LOTS of exercise, but just cant manage it as sooo tired.

tribpot Sun 14-Nov-10 20:56:01

All Bran was a must for me during the pregnancy, and subsequently I have become really intolerant of dark chocolate. So give that a try - what's the worst that can happen?!

SaorAlba Sun 14-Nov-10 20:59:33

As prune juice is expensive I've been eating tins of prunes (50p each, lidl). I'm 18 weeks and have been constipated all the way through. I'm not really expecting it to go away.

I also eat fruit and fibre for breakfast, but I don't feel like it helps. Tins of prunes work for me if I eat half a tin a day.

MerryMarigold Sun 14-Nov-10 21:01:29

Can't you take Senokot? Lots of prunes good. Iron supplements can cause probs.

pushmepullyou Sun 14-Nov-10 21:04:05

prune juice is on 3 for 2 at Sainsbury's at the moment.

I drink about half a pint per day and it makes everything much easier!

LunaticFringe Sun 14-Nov-10 21:10:03

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lillybloom Sun 14-Nov-10 21:14:05

Prune juice was the only thing that worked for me in pregnancy- tasted awful though.

tribpot Sun 14-Nov-10 21:15:07

LF, I'm pretty sure you can get gluten-free Weetabix, depending on how your exact allergy manifests itself? If not dangerous to health, eating a bit of what you're allergic to can move everything along anyway. My dh will occasionally eat pizza for this reason.

The iron will extra-bung you up, so you want to try and get this sorted if you can.

Akkad Sun 14-Nov-10 21:21:15

I agree with the exercise suggestion, have you been swimming?
A light walk for 20 minutes could also do some good, get things moving.

What bread are you eating? If you're eating white, could you switch to wholemeal?

patienceplease Sun 14-Nov-10 21:30:17

I have had this problem - and read on another thread that kiwi (preferably with the skin on) can solve the problem - and it does - it is like magic!
One kiwi fruit in the evening and ta-da! A sudden need the next day to go - and go easily (too easily blush). But having sat on the loo for ages and in pain thinking that I was pushing my innards out - it is brilliant!
Apparently they are a natural laxative - I now have one every other day... ( I tried prune juice/ prunes but can't stand the taste)
I also have all bran (blerugh) for breakfast, but that doesn't have such a "speedy" effect IYSWIM!

sloathy Sun 14-Nov-10 21:34:08

I tried to cope with prune juice but it was just tooooo nasty.

So I've switched to kiwi fruit. So far I've found an Innocent smoothie that has kiwis in it that I gulp down several times a day (looks like green sludge but tastes ok), yogurts with kiwi and extra fibre (1 or 2 day) and throwing in 2 -3 real kiwis on top for good measure. And a few satsumas. Seems to be (ahem) shifting things....

sloathy Sun 14-Nov-10 21:35:17

Sorry patienceplease - posts crossed!

patienceplease Sun 14-Nov-10 21:45:57

Glad I'm not the only person who thinks prunes are gross!
I spent ages trying to find something that was effective but tasted nice!

mrsbigw Sun 14-Nov-10 22:05:33

Burgen bread, the linseeds will clear you out & keep you regular. Poor you though 4 days ouch.

muslimah28 Sun 14-Nov-10 22:18:36

bran flakes or weetabix

diyqueen Sun 14-Nov-10 22:44:43

Have a mug of coffee first thing in the morning and leave it to work for an hour or so before eating anything (caffeinated is best but decaf can work too if you're off caffeine).

BeanInMyBelly Mon 15-Nov-10 08:41:56

I've been exactly the same - am 24 weeks this coming friday, and all weekend was in the most unbearable pain (no suggestive nods to the labour pain to come, thank you smile) - I eat huge amounts of fibre rich food and get through about 7 portions of fruit and veg per day, plus do about an hour of yoga 4 times a weeks, and 30 mins walking per day with the dog, and drink lots of water, and nothing seems to stop it coming (or, erm, not coming, if you catch my drift... blush).
I have been buying prune juice, 3 for 2 (about £1.50) in Tesco etc. I cannot stand it - I have to hold my nose while drinking it - but it seems to do the job. Albeit it takes about a day and a half to kick in, and thats with drinking 2 large glasses per day! I also have added sultanas to my breakfast shreddies. Hope it gets better soon.

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