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Major problems with constipation !!!!!!!!!!!

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jasperc163 Sun 21-Sep-08 11:59:28

12 weeks pregnant and been having huge problems for last 2 weeks with constipation and bloating. I have tried everything, mountains of fruit, prune juice every day, linseed, All bran for breakfast today, lactulose, senna, glycerine suppos. , went to doctors and was given movicol which i took at the huge 3 day impaction dose, and still not really cleaned out. Finally yesterday ate some 'chili jam' that i had in the fridge that I remembered my stomach couldnt cope with - that worked but hugely painful and not something i want to repeat every day!

I am getting hugely bloated and uncomfortable if i don't go in the morning but i've totally run out of ideas.

help please!

Jools1 Sun 21-Sep-08 12:21:48

I was drinking grapefruit juice when TTC, and that seemed to have quite an effect - possibly worth a try ?

I find drinking LOADS of water helps aswell - and I've benefited by swapping to an oat cereal (like Oatibix) rather than a wheat based one. I have IBS and problems in this area anyway and these things have helped me hold the early pregnancy constipation at bay

gem1981 Sun 21-Sep-08 12:31:46

raw garlic always works for me - i make some up in a butter and have it on chunky bread

you never know

jasperc163 Sun 21-Sep-08 13:15:24

thanks both. Will try grapefruit but as prune is not doing a thing, nor grapes, i am not hopeful. Fraid large amounts of garlic might be out as loads of meetings at work tomorrow :-(

Anyone know if the Oxypowder that has been mentioned on here is ok for pregnancy?

isaidno Sun 21-Sep-08 13:16:46

dried apricots are good, also high in iron too.

beeny Sun 21-Sep-08 13:36:53

Indian food with garlic and onions.Or things with cheese sauce

lexysmith Mon 22-Sep-08 13:33:55

I agree with the dried apricots thing. Tried everything including lactulaose, fybergel etc etc but about 10 apricots a day works every time. Blissful. (make sure you get the sulphur free ones though. They look foul but taste the same!)

Jools1 Mon 22-Sep-08 14:18:42

Have just an older thread where people swear by Linseed

cityangel Mon 22-Sep-08 18:41:00

drizzled olive oil & liquorice

Verso Mon 22-Sep-08 18:58:37

thanks for this thread... I must try these tips. I'm 29 weeks and thought I might have to go to A&E yesterday because things got so bad blush.

jasperc163 Wed 24-Sep-08 10:54:39

thanks everyone. I have found i am doing better if i dont eat so called fibrous foods that are all meant to help ie all bran, linseed etc as I seem to be less bloated at least. Also had some success with Calfig.

LoveActually Wed 24-Sep-08 10:58:35

Jools1 has a point, you need to drink water. Bran is good but you need water to make it work!

MavisG Wed 24-Sep-08 12:19:54

Hello, I feel for you. A hypnobirthing technique for birthing that you practice while pooing is to 'breathe down' - deep breath in through nose, then out through nose focussing on breath moving down - rolling down inside of spine for example - or visualising a stone plopping into a pond and the ripples moving outwards.

Sounds weird, but it works. Probably best in conjunction with loads of water/other drinks, soups (I drink 3 or 4 litres a day at slightest sign of problem and that seems to work).

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