Jump to content

Pregnancy constipation

  • Please log in to reply
34 replies to this topic

#1 Rolex

Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:59 PM

Please share with me your remedies.  I'm only 7 weeks, and the last two days have been awful.  I have a background history of IBS, but during pregnancy is always worse.  However, I don't remember it starting this early before.

In the past I've drunk a glass of metamucil each day which helped, but this pregnancy I have all day nausea sick.gif and I just don't think I could stomach the metamucil.

I should get back onto my probiotics, I know.  I am remembering correctly that they are safe in pregnancy I think?  Can't think why they wouldn't be?  Just the IBS Support, I use.


#2 Mrs Dinosaurus

Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:03 PM

No idea about pro-biotics, the pharmascist will though.

More water than you could possible know what to do with.

Pear juice and pears are better than prune juice (and tastier)

Avoid bananas, potatoes, white bread and flour, rice...anything binding if you can manage it until you can go again, then only a little bit at a time.

the chemist sells self-enemas that will work but are pretty gross (although better than the real thing take it from me!)

All the best, it sucks sad.gif

#3 weepingangel

Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:09 PM

Pear juice original.gif

#4 big adventure

Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:15 PM

Psyllium husk - best thing ever!  Takes a day or two before it works, but then it's great.  Either with lots of water and slam it down fast, or let it turn into a gel and mix it in with yoghurt or something.  Tasteless, but when you have it in water it has the same sensation as lots of pulp in orange juice.  (Personally, I can't stand pulp and it made me throw up once when I was pregnant, but if I had it with heaps of water it wasn't too bad.)

#5 delboy

Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:21 PM

When on hospital bed rest and suffering quite badly with constipation (through lack of moving more than anything) the nursing staff ordered kiwi fruit milkshakes for me, they are made skin and all and work a treat! Good luck

#6 Rolex

Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:24 PM

Thank you original.gif  I will pick up some pear juice this afternoon and start with that.  I'd forgotten about that one.  Will taste better than metamucil so might go down easier!

I got quite depressed this afternoon, imagining being like this for the next 33 weeks!  Dramatic I know, but gosh it's uncomfortable.

#7 Nut

Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:38 PM

I had issues with both my pregnancies. I found eating dried apricots was the best. Dried pears work too.

Metamucil for some can make it worse as well. It can clog things up and cause more of a blockage.

#8 porkchop's mama

Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:42 PM

OP, I'm not sure if Osmolax or Movicol are safe with your bowel condition but I had to use them for most of the first and second tri.  In addition to dates, psyllium, prunes and lots of water and exercise.

Osmolax is much less salty than Movicol but it does have a musty smell.  I added a bit of ginger ale to the water when mixing it up.  


#9 Escapin

Posted 16 November 2012 - 05:03 PM

Kiwi fruit (including skin if you can stand it) is the best solution.

For little kids (and I assume adults), you just need to remember BRAT: Banana, rice, apple, toast. These will block things up. So avoid them! I find blueberries also a problem for DD so maybe avoid them too?

#10 BJBubbles

Posted 16 November 2012 - 07:18 PM

Coloxyl (without Senna). Over the counter from the chemist. MY OB recommends it if needed. Saved me a lot of pain in my first trimester!

BUT, with IBS,  I don't think it's really recommended to use stool softeners (or immodium etc for the opposite problem)  but I'm sure you already know that!

So I'm not much help, am I?

#11 PureBliss

Posted 16 November 2012 - 07:31 PM

I too have a history of IBS, and suffered terribly with constipation during pregnancy.

I tried everything suggested above but didn't find it to help unfortunately,  I was living on kiwi, dried apricots, water , psyllium, you name it!

I finally ended up having bowel surgery and was given lactulose to keep things soft during recovery (was still pregnant.) . You take a shot of it each day. Its incredibly sweet, so not awful. Buy it over the counter at the chemist.

Once things were regular, I found Pear juice (I drank it diluted with boiling water  so it was warm) was great, every morning. For me the lactulose was better at getting things going, the pear juice to maintain.

Good luck, there is nothing worse! I wish I had discovered the lactulose so much earlier!

#12 bettinae

Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:12 PM

Hi there I am 11.5 weeks and I am taking Zofran and have been soooo blocked up and now with the vomiting undercontrol more going in but nothing comming out ..... sad.gif and really crampy yuk

I called mothersafe (they are great for medications and oking them) and I used micrlax 2 days in a row they did work but just to move the bolk but today NOTHING so I just went to chemiest and got LACTULOSE and then metamucil as well 3 times a day......???? will just have to see and hope for the best........ I did try pears they were yummy but didn't help lol xxxxx


#13 Lokum

Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:23 PM

QUOTE (Nut @ 16/11/2012, 05:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I had issues with both my pregnancies. I found eating dried apricots was the best. Dried pears work too.

Apricots for me. And dates. And even orange juice, which I take 100ml of with my iron supplement,  sick.gif .

Keeps things moving, even though it's still black,  sick.gif sick.gif sick.gif

#14 Rolex

Posted 16 November 2012 - 09:24 PM

So many great ideas, thank you so much!  I do have movicol here, but wasn't sure if it was safe in pregnancy.  Lactulose I haven't used before but my son who has a bowel condition, was on it for a long time, so I know it well.

I tried to get in with my GP today to discuss my options but he was fully booked.  I'm seeing him on Wednesday, but I will try a lot of the remedies here before I see him.

Thanks again, I didn't expect so many replies.  I guess, unfortunately, this is a common problem!  Ahhh pregnancy, so glamourous, aint it? wink.gif

#15 Eirinn

Posted 16 November 2012 - 09:31 PM

The thing that worked for me was flaxseed/linseed meal - huge amounts over cereal and in smoothies.

#16 cordyline

Posted 16 November 2012 - 09:37 PM

I agree withe the suggestions of pear juice

BUT I would do it on a day when you have no commitments. I drank 3 glasses of it on a Saturday morning. And by 4pm needed to be close to a toilet until the next morning when things were all sorted.

The once things were *ahem* "unblocked" I would be fine for another 2-3 weeks and then have to repeat the process. One of the things I wont miss about being pregnant.

#17 ~ky~

Posted 17 November 2012 - 05:46 AM

Kiwifruit nectar ... Works wonders!

#18 Pearson

Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:23 AM

QUOTE (Rolex @ 16/11/2012, 09:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So many great ideas, thank you so much!  I do have movicol here, but wasn't sure if it was safe in pregnancy.  Lactulose I haven't used before but my son who has a bowel condition, was on it for a long time, so I know it well.

I tried to get in with my GP today to discuss my options but he was fully booked.  I'm seeing him on Wednesday, but I will try a lot of the remedies here before I see him.

Thanks again, I didn't expect so many replies.  I guess, unfortunately, this is a common problem!  Ahhh pregnancy, so glamourous, aint it? wink.gif

Metamucil do capsules - so you dont have to taste it  DH has had to take medication that binds him up and he cant stomach metamucil - bad gag factor, so just adds a couple of these to the medication he has to take.

As an ongoing:
Benefibre in your water/juice/milk/coffee/dinner/breakfast? It really doesn't change the taste etc.

#19 stephmd85

Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:15 AM

I just want to second the exercise suggestion as this is often underestimated. I'm taking two magnesium capsules before bed and eating prunes. Going to give the pear juice a try because the bonus is that's tasty! glamorous yes!!

#20 Duck-o-lah

Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:18 AM

Ugh, constipation was a major issue with DS. I found prunes and prune juice were effective. I took metamucil, however I have read that if you don't drink enough water it can actually make things worse!

Wish I'd known about the pear juice, probably more palatable than the prune juice! If it helps OP the constipation did ease once I got through the first trimester, hope it does for you too original.gif

#21 maeby

Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:21 AM

Have porridge or muesli for breakfast (it's the oats that are beneficial), and plenty to drink.

#22 mi-mi

Posted 17 November 2012 - 05:59 PM

I'm having the same issues sad.gif i feel alittle silly but can anyone tell me where to find pear juice?!? I've looked in the juice/cordial and fridge sections without success

#23 CallMeFeral

Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:08 PM

Metamucil actually has a tablet form - just drink it with lots of water. I had that, the drink form was foul.

#24 Rolex

Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:34 PM

Thanks for the replies.  I'm embarrassed to now say, as of last night, it's caused haemorrhoids sad.gif  I'm in agony today sad.gif  I've had sultana bran with pears and peaches for breakfast, more pears for lunch, and salad for dinner.  I've also drunk a full 850ml tin of pear juice across the day, as well as about 2 litres of water.  My God I hope this clears up quickly.  I was in tears earlier sad.gif

ETA, been snacking on dried apricots, too!

Edited by Rolex, 17 November 2012 - 06:39 PM.

#25 Lokum

Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:56 PM

Rolex - I literally feel your pain. I've got problems from weight/pressure rather than constipation, and it's horrific. You're doing the right things, so I hope it doesn't suddenly swing too far the other way!

Mi-Mi - tinned juices often include pear. Otherwise, homemade (with juicer, or food processor and squeezed through a strainer) is excellent, because you keep heaps of pulp and therefore fibre.

1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users


Two children fall from second storey window

Two young boys have been rushed to hospital after falling out a second-storey window of a home in Eastwood.

Awards 2015: Vote now for a chance to win $2000

Vote for your favourite pregnancy, baby and toddler products for your chance to win your share of $2500 in cash prizes.

Victorian Labor to introduce same-sex adoption laws

Thousands of same-sex couples with children will have the right to be jointly recognised as parents by Victorian law.

Sneak peek: Maxomorra bee dress, t-shirt and romper for babies

Cutest snap find on the planet - bee rompers, tees and dresses for babies.

Toddler found two days after going missing

A two-year-old girl who disappeared on Friday night from her great-grandparents' home in rural Ohio was found alive Sunday evening in a nearby field.

Dad builds the ultimate bed for his toddler son

The transition from cot to big kid bed might be a little easier if every toddler had a bed like this one.

Is Woolworths now cheaper than Coles?

Woolworths appears to have taken the upper hand in its price battle with Coles after investing millions of dollars lowering the cost of groceries, according to new figures.

Aussie babies and parents stranded in Nepal after surrogacy ban

Parents say Australian babies are being "kept captive" and cannot come home after a ban on commercial surrogacy in Nepal.

Wannabe dads left behind in IVF debate

If virgin women can become mothers through IVF, maybe we're ready for another miracle - genuine equality for men in the parenting debate.

The health and fitness lessons I've learned

What I once assumed about health and fitness is wrong.

Our angel baby story: Hunter James

I have two children: one living, the next an angel baby.

Newlyweds send bill to no-show guests

Planning a wedding can be stressful – and, as most newlyweds can attest, it can be very costly, too.

Your choice or theirs: the tug-of-war over baby names

They had just decided on a name they both agreed on, but then the grandparents threw in an offer of $10,000 in exchange for choosing something else.

Dad-to-be's tearful reaction to pregnancy news goes viral

After 17 years of trying, this man had given up hope of having a family.

Claire Danes: acting out postnatal depression was difficult

Actress Claire Danes found it difficult pretending to have postnatal depression in Homeland, as she had just become a new mother herself.

The moment a 92-year-old meets her great grandaughter

It's a heart-warming photo this family will treasure forever.

How to prepare for breastfeeding when you're still pregnant

While every woman's breastfeeding journey is different, many hurdles are shared. Knowing what to expect will enable you to make informed decisions if - or when - you meet challenges along the way.

Sneak peek: new Love Mae bamboo dinnerware designs

We do love ourselves some brand new designs in tried and true products. The renowned bamboo dinnerware from Love Mae has just had several more members join the family, in addition to a brand new website.

Mum who killed paedophile gets reduced sentence

A mother-of-five who killed a paedophile has had her jail sentence reduced by a judge who described her case as a "truly exceptional" one.

Sneak peek: Geleeo self-cooling pram & high chair liners

We just spotted Geleeo, a brand new self-cooling pram liner you can buy in time for summer.

Toddler's silent debate with mum about naptime

He might not utter a single word - but this toddler is having a great debate with his mother about nap time.


What's hot on EB

Stella McCartney honours mum with lacy bra

Fashion designer Stella McCartney has honoured her late mum, Linda McCartney, by designing a special bra for post-mastectomy patients.

Don't panic: A granddad midwife's guide for dads-to-be

Mark Harris has helped deliver 500 babies. And he's now telling fathers what to expect.

How to be a calm parent when you're feeling anything but

Being a calm parent takes a lot of work, sometimes more than is obvious to those around us.

The joy and isolation of being a stay-at-home dad

It's cool, kind of like a second childhood. I love him to bits and think, on average, I'm an okay dad. But I also want to talk about the other stuff.

How baby Teddy's short life is helping save thousands of lives

He may have only lived for 100 minutes, but that didn't stop baby Teddy from saving the lives of others.

A heartbreaking trail of missed chances in death of baby forgotten in car

A haunting reminder to stay mindful about babies in cars, especially as we approach summer.

What to do if your baby has tongue-tie

Tongue-tie can cause feeding problems. However once it is diagnosed, the condition can be easily treated.

How to move house without losing your mind

Some people move frequently, while others like to stay put. But everyone finds it stressful.

'She had nowhere to go': how new mum's life began to unravel

The birth of her first child should have been happiest of times for Campsie mother Phuong Cao, but friends say it marked the beginning of when her life began to unravel. 

Women giving birth to a son keep some of his Y chromosomes

It was an experiment doomed to failure - they were looking for male cells in female bodies. And their search was stunningly successful.

Photos: How babies fit in the womb

A gorgeous photo series shows babies in the first hours after their birth - as they were positioned in the womb.

Baby tries to persuade stubborn bulldog to walk, fails

We don't know what he's saying, but this baby has a very clear message for his bulldog pal: let's walk - NOW.

The best toddler gift ever? Nine gender-neutral play kitchen picks

Without a doubt, one of the best gifts for a toddler turning two or three is a play kitchen.

9 easy steps to improve your baby photography

With a few simple tips you can take your images from random happy snaps to lovely clean images that create beautiful lasting memories.



What are your favourite baby products?

The Essential Baby Awards are on now, and we need your help! Have your say on your top picks and you'll go in the draw to win a share of $2500.

Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.