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devilishlygood Wed 11-Sep-19 20:59:51

Honestly, I’ve tried prunes, prune juice, kale with virtually every meal, drink about 4l of water a day....I just have to have a good clear out, it’s making me so sad. And grumpy.
Do I just have to accept that my daily routine is changed now to once a week?! I’m 33w. I also have terrible heartburn but gaviscon and otc remedies are binging me up, and the constipation is making the heartburn’s a horrid cycle...

Please PLEASE does anyone have a tried and tested old wives tale or something that will just get me going?????

endofthelinefinally Wed 11-Sep-19 21:02:30

Glycerin suppositories.
Gaviscon makes you constipated.

clucky3 Wed 11-Sep-19 21:03:08


devilishlygood Wed 11-Sep-19 21:06:32

Yes, I’m not taking anything for the heartburn because it’s making everything worse.

Movicol then? Is it a pharmacy job? How quick will it take effect....I’m desperate!! 😬

superram Wed 11-Sep-19 21:07:00

Put your feet on a stool (the wooden kind) to straighten your bowels.

TheClitterati Wed 11-Sep-19 21:07:56

Take kefir and linseeds/flax seeds daily. You can put them both in a smoothie

This creates magical movements:

I discovered these foods after my 2nd pg when I suffered dreadfully as you are. Hope you feel better soon.

Poppins2016 Wed 11-Sep-19 21:08:18

Lactulose would be worth a try.

Overseasmom100 Wed 11-Sep-19 21:08:34

Bananas did it for me got my bowls moving

tryingtobebetterallthetime Wed 11-Sep-19 21:08:45

It could be just me but eating an orange everyday works every time. Sometimes too well. I mean a proper orange you have to peel.

tryingtobebetterallthetime Wed 11-Sep-19 21:09:29

The other one is chia seeds. Sprinkle on cereal etc.

DerbyshireGirly Wed 11-Sep-19 21:11:30

I've been taking two sachets of Fybogel for the past four days and it's definitely starting to make me a bit more "regular", but in a gentle/natural feeling way.

Sorry in advance for the TMI - before, I felt like even wind was getting trapped and everything felt very full and blocked up. Last couple of days much better.

It is a horrible feeling, makes you feel grotty and generally ill doesn't it blush

GrowThroughWhatYouGoThrough Wed 11-Sep-19 21:11:47

Lactalose, senna lots of water

Baldilockss Wed 11-Sep-19 21:12:29

Another vote for fybogel... works a treat!

morrisseysquif Wed 11-Sep-19 21:14:24

Benefiibre mixed in the prune juice?

morrisseysquif Wed 11-Sep-19 21:16:22,store:10565221288047009312&prds=oid:11110307286534993077&q=benefiber&hl=en_GB&ei=uFV5Xfy6EvHixgOsuqnYBw.

This stuff

Gekeos Wed 11-Sep-19 21:20:06

Try cutting out wheat, lactulose is also good and fairly mild, I've suffered for years. Have you considered having a colonic? I have had quite a lot over the years and you feel amazing after as it gets rid of all the build up. Also adding seeds to your food as others have said helps

catsandkid Wed 11-Sep-19 21:20:06

Laxido!!!!!! Bloody brilliant stuff - it's not a stimulant laxative so won't make you cramp but it softens everything up tremendously so that you can go regularly and with total ease!

catsandkid Wed 11-Sep-19 21:21:33

FYI - Laxido is the same stuff as Movicol... just a different (cheaper) brand name. Both available OTC

Lauraloop1516 Wed 11-Sep-19 21:22:08

Fruit and fibre for breakfast!

devilishlygood Wed 11-Sep-19 21:23:58

I’ve had a few colonics over the years for cleansing, but i only have one practitioner near me and she won’t take preggos, sadly.

Thanks all for the multitude...I have a few to try here 😊

CherrySocks Wed 11-Sep-19 21:24:28

Bread with lots of seeds in

IceCreamBrain Wed 11-Sep-19 21:25:16

Have you seen your gp? A change in bowel habits can be a symptom of a number of things, especially if traditional remedies aren't helping I'd want to just make sure anything more serious is ruled out

IceCreamBrain Wed 11-Sep-19 21:26:26

Sorry, I thought I was on another board. Didn't realise it was pregnancy related - ignore my post

mumao Wed 11-Sep-19 21:29:07

Coconut water! I drank a litre a day when I was pregnant!

pastabest Wed 11-Sep-19 21:29:28

I suspect the OP is pregnant IceCream given this is the pregnancy section and constipation is quite common in pregnancy for many reasons including the iron in pregnancy multivitamins and prescribed for low iron.

Another recommendation for fybogel (I used to mix it with orange juice to disguise it) , and a good strong coffee.

pastabest Wed 11-Sep-19 21:30:03

X post!

Amara123 Wed 11-Sep-19 21:33:55

Here to second a footstool and movicol. The footstool prevents straining and probably piles, was told by Pilates teacher to get one. This is a must buy.
Movicol is brilliant though prescription only. Bring some to hospital with you for the post partum bowel motion which is carnage!

Queenofpi Wed 11-Sep-19 21:38:13

I had exactly the same problem, lactulose worked brilliantly for me. If you're already that bunged up, I would suggest starting on the maximum dose - that's what my pharmacy told me.

Justtryingtobehelpful Wed 11-Sep-19 21:41:34

Beans, lentils and pulses.
Three tablespoons over your the meals a day.
Lots of water.
Obviously continue with fruit and veg.
Go to a yoga class.
Trust me, pregnant and life long sufferer!
Get chana (chickpea) curry and tarka dal at the local Indian takeaway for dinner. You'll be fine the next day 😁

harper30 Wed 11-Sep-19 21:41:57

My mum was talking to me about a bunch of tactics for constipation the other day, apparently she didn't realise she'd been constipated pretty much her whole life she thought that was just normal??
Anyway I can't remember the source of these but might be worth googling and/or checking with your gp about.
She said there was one recipe for warm/hot water with lemon juice in it which she drank before bed and next morning had a big impact.
She also said taking a magnesium tablet had almost instant effect, like 30 mins later. Though I have no idea if taking a magnesium tablet is appropriate when pregnant, so check before doing anything like that.
Lots of chia and flaxseeds are what I gave my DD when she was constipated when weaning. Porrige with lots of those flaxseeds in particular mixed in is a good way to get some in your system as you don't notice them mixed in x

harper30 Wed 11-Sep-19 21:42:42

Damn, don't know where the kids came from 😂 feeling sympathy for you though!

AwdBovril Wed 11-Sep-19 21:43:21

Linseeds work for me. Either add a couple of teaspoons to porridge, or sprinkle over a salad, etc, etc. Make sure you drink a big glass of water afterwards, & continue drinking planty of liquids throughout the day, or they'll have the opposite effect. They're also ok in smoothies too, although somewhat gritty.

Stravapalava Wed 11-Sep-19 21:43:31

I always find a couple of kiwis get me going the next day.

harper30 Wed 11-Sep-19 21:43:40

I'm illiterate past 9pm apparently, apologies

PoppingOneOutIn2020 Wed 11-Sep-19 21:44:02

Weetabix and LOTS of water have been to my go to.

I had terrible piles that were keeping my awake from the pain.

Started eating weetabix and drinking as much water as I possibly could throughout the day and in a couple of days I was going regularly and without pain. They are an absolute God send!

Penguin34 Wed 11-Sep-19 22:06:37

A bag of sugar free cola bottles.

God speed

TakeABreakAt12 Wed 11-Sep-19 22:21:36

Small spoon of castor oil helps!

pastabest Wed 11-Sep-19 22:28:24

Small spoon of castor oil helps

The OP is pregnant. This is the pregnancy board. Castor Oil probably isn't a good idea unless she's wanting to try evicting more than the constipation!

Nutellalovesme Wed 11-Sep-19 22:34:31

@devilishlygood you can take these whilst pregnant. You can find these in wholefoods, pharmacys and some supermarkets.

Potatopia Wed 11-Sep-19 22:34:45

Sit on a birthing/gym ball in addition to all these diet changes - wiggling everything around a bit might encourage some movement.

mumwon Wed 11-Sep-19 22:38:46

dried apricots about 4 or 5 & 2 glasses of orange juice, & dh chickpea curry grin

endofthelinefinally Wed 11-Sep-19 22:48:26

Movicol is easy to buy over the counter. Get a friend or relative to buy it for you though because pharmacists are loathe to sell anything to pregnant women.

melissa1215 Wed 11-Sep-19 22:52:27

Weetabix works for me

devilishlygood Fri 13-Sep-19 08:53:24

Just as a conclusion, I can confirm that I didn’t even get as far as Movicol or Fybogel...
One 1.5l carton of prune juice over 5days, the kale with lunch and dinner, and a dog walk up a steep hill seem to have moved things along quite nicely!

Ive always kept water intake up and use a short stool in the bathroom anyway, but these are all still a good collection of measures. Thanks for your help.

No heartburn!! Woohoo!!

NanooCov Fri 13-Sep-19 09:10:18

Good news. Dried apricots always work for me. Maybe a "maintenance" dose of 4/5 a day?

devilishlygood Fri 13-Sep-19 15:46:44

@NanooCov... I’m doing the weekly shop tonight, I’ll pick up a bag! 😂

wineymummy Fri 13-Sep-19 16:32:22

Linseed worked for me, I had a spoonful on my breakfast cereal every morning and it kept the constipation at bay. Maybe a good one to try as a preventive going forwards

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