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#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.

Thanks!


#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.  

HTH

#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


GOODLUCK xxxx

#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.




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