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bowel movements when laying down

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user1490285009 Tue 28-Mar-17 21:24:28

Hi ladies

I'm pregnant ( about 4 weeks) with first baby and I wanted to get your take on a symptom I've been having. I have a GP appointment in 2 weeks so will also discuss it with dr but appointments so far and I'm super keen to know if this is normal or not.

For the last 3 days, whenever I lay down I get woken up by cramps ( very similar to AF) and I pass stools. The pain lasts for 10-15mins and improves upon passing. I can then fall back to sleep. I get mild cramp and discomfort during day, but nothing quite so severe or 'long lasting' ( my day cramps are very brief). I am stumped why this should happen when I lay down and it's really disrupting my sleep. The time of sleeping or position has no impact. Sleeping in the afternoon on my left/right/back will lead to same cramps-diorrhea as sleeping at night. I haven't changed my diet, and I feel otherwise well. There is no bleeding.

Has any one else experienced something like this?

user1478902502 Tue 28-Mar-17 21:35:00

I had exactly the same! It lasted from about 5wks to probably 10wks. It woke me most nights and really worried me for a bit until I realised the pain was always relieved by a bowel movement. I had a lot of bloating and gas early on too. I think it was just one of those wonderful pregnancy side effects!

user1490285009 Wed 29-Mar-17 08:26:11

Thanks for the reply. I've sort of resolved the problem now by not going to bed with anything in my stomach. I got my first night of sleep last night smile

mayhew Wed 29-Mar-17 08:29:46

In early pregnancy, your womb is expanding in your pelvis. It sounds like it's pressing on a sensitive spot on your rectum when you lie in a certain way. As the womb gets bigger (12-16 weeks) it inhabits your abdomen and lies above the sensitive rectum. You'll probably be constipated by then, though!

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