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Anyone tried lactulose?

(7 Posts)
mackinnonka Tue 22-Dec-15 15:11:14

Even before being pregnant my bowel was pretty slow, regularly using meds to help things along a bit, GP wasn't all that helpful so just self managed with over the counter stuff.

Since being pregnant it's like I have no poop at all! I am pretty sure I am doing all the right things, good varied diet, plenty of fibre, loads of water, exercise, relaxed clothing but even still I feel so 'bunged up' and bloated. I went to the pharmacy and they suggested I tried lactulose which I have been taking twice a day for a week now....not seeing any drastic improvements other than it makes me pass wind 100 time more than before!

I've also got a jumbo box of fybogel but I never found that particularly useful before pregnancy so it's not helping much now.

Anyone else had this issue? Any suggestions?

Sorry if TMI!

Me624 Tue 22-Dec-15 15:32:14

I'm taking it atm to try and keep things soft as I'm suffering from piles blush I've been taking it for just over a week and I am still trying to find the right dosage. I have settled on 2 x 15ml per day. I am not constipated though, just need to keep everything very soft so as not to aggravate the piles. I think if you are having trouble going you should go back to the doctor and get something on prescription or else up your dosage.

Runningupthathill82 Tue 22-Dec-15 15:38:29

Lactulose and Fybogel didn't do much for me. Movicol slightly better, but it has been glycerine suppositories that have really saved me in both my pregnancies.

BendydickCuminsnatch Tue 22-Dec-15 15:40:10

Yes, lots of people have. I was on lactulose and fybogel throughout pregnancy, and for 6 weeks after (3rd degree tear - you do NOT want to get constipated!!). Also obviously drink lots and lots of water and have tons of fruit and veg!

BendydickCuminsnatch Tue 22-Dec-15 15:41:08

Also had to be prescribed an enema before I knew I was pregnant blush not sure if you're allowed them when pregnant, but looking back that was my first pregnancy symptom! How glam.

mackinnonka Tue 22-Dec-15 16:37:30

I tried to buy glycerine suppositories at the pharmacy but when I mentioned I was pregnant (currently 10+5) they told me I couldn't use them and all I could get was lactulose....

I am taking 2x15ml a day at the moment, its just not making much difference to frequency

Runningupthathill82 Tue 22-Dec-15 17:31:13

I was prescribed enemas in pregnancy - they're absolutely fine, but they do prefer you to try "softer" options first.

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