Fybogel sachets from chemist - it's a fibre based drink which goes very thick when you mix it. Tastes a bit yuck, but I think it's natural in that it"s not drug based, and recommended in pregnancy. More palatable than lactulose syrup from doctor which I find vile.
Have you found spatone constipating already, or just started taking it and are worried it'll happen? It hasn't had that effect on me at all - it's been brilliant. I feel SO much better since starting it, two sachets a day to really get the levels up quickly.
Well worth it so hope your tummy troubles aren't too bad!
Generally speaking, constipation isn't usually an effect from spatone as the iron in it is very readily available to be absorbed by the body without causing side-effects... It's possible, if you are constipated that it's just general pregnancy sluggishness that so many of us are afflicted with thanks to hormones!
Either way, tackling it is the same whichever the cause. To increase fibre and increase fluids usually does the trick. Some gentle exercise (just walking will do) may also have a positive effect.
I took Spatone post birth instead of the iron tablets the midwives wanted me to take because iron supplements make me constipated but Spatone iron doesn't. I always take it with OJ but when I've taken iron tablets before I've drunk loads of grapefruit juice to combat the constipation. So maybe take Spatone with grapefruit juice? I don't know if anyone's mentioned but avoid any caffeine in take for 2 hrs around taking Spatone, that includes cups of tea. The caffeine can stop the iron being absorbed properly.
Oh another constipation remedy that's worked for me is a couple of pint glasses of water and fresh OJ a day (half and half) always gets things moving for me.
i am only 5 wks pg and not on any iron supplements, but do feel very constipated. I have found that having a mug of hot, boiled water with a slice of lemon in first thing in the morning (before eating anything), really helps get things moving....not sure if it will work if you're on iron, but might be worth a try? x