I think I am drinking about 2.5 litres a day, possibly more, but do frequently feel thirsty but drinking more just makes the heartburn worse. How much should I be drinking? 3+ litres sounds a lot!
Does anyone else find the pains that come with constipation and trapped wind frightening? They've had me in tears several times and I'm constantly expecting them to be a misscarige, not being a bit 'bunged up'.
I've been constipated a few times I'm only 8 weeks but yes I get abdominal pain when I need to go but can't. I sit on the loo thinking this is it. It's happening again. But so far everything going good. Xx
I’ve developed piles from the amount of constipation I’ve suffered GP recommended using a stool to rest your feet, as PP said, it puts you into a squat position which relaxes the bowel muscles. Also prescribed some laxatives, Molaxole or something they’re called. Bloody nasty though!
Also, I drink a large glass of orange juice in the morning and also snack on prunes.
If you really can't shift it, you may need to pop a constipation suppository up there, works wonders.
Do not strain, if it's not coming out just get up and carry and try again later. You could give yourself piles, or tear yourself. I've had an anal fissure (tear) before and it haunted me for years so please please be careful.
Wack a suppository up there for this time then oj, prunes, and all of the above to stop it happenening.
Also- I learnt this exercise during my first pregnancy- sit on the toilet and twist your top half round from side to side. It twists your insides (gently) and gets things moving. This works for me every time.
I doubt that straining poses any risk to your baby but it can and does cause prolapses, more common and more horrible than is widely talked about. I second the use of footstool and adjustments to diet.