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#1 mcejuan

Posted 19 April 2018 - 10:17 PM

I gave birth to a beautiful little girl two days ago.
For the week before she was born, I was suffering bad nausea and my OB prescribed be a drug called Zofran which I had never heard of. She told me how great it was and gave me three repeats. But luckily I had only taken a few times before discovering it causes chronic constipation. Seems that was enough to cause it for myself..

In the days leading up to birth the only way I could poo was digging it out myself. When my labour started I told the midwives (as my contractions and cramps were hard to decipher) I had an enema beforehand that didn’t work well. They assured me when the baby came everything else would clear out. Well, I had to have a manual evacuation at 7cm because it caused her head to get stuck at my tailbone and as soon as they cleared that out she flew out in 5 minutes! The OB nearly missed it!

Fast forward two days later and my stools are still damn hard. I had another two enemas that seemed to help make another manual evacuation easier, but it’s like my bum muscles are not active. I do have a hemorrhoid there would that be causing my muscles to just not want to push? It’s getting to the point that I don’t want to eat because each bowel movement literally needs to be fished out of me. Would a stool softener cause cramping?

Really upset that three tablets like two weeks ago have caused me so much havoc that I wasn’t made aware of otherwise I would have prepared or not used them at all :(

#2 petit_manchot

Posted 19 April 2018 - 10:29 PM

An osmotic laxative like movicol/osmolax is very gentle but could hopefully bring you some relief. They do tend to take a day or two to start working, but in my experience they don’t cause cramping. Make sure that you drink enough water, as they work by drawing more water into the bowel. My GI specialist has me drink min1.5 litres per day (coffee and tea don’t count).
Perhaps also consider glycerol suppositories.
I’d be heading to the doctor for more advice if things don’t get moving again in the next couple of days.

#3 für_elise

Posted 19 April 2018 - 10:38 PM

Zofran (ondansetron in austr.) is meant to assist when you have diarrhoea/vomiting so no wonder it's not helping you right now. Both my kids have metabolic disorders so i depend on Zofran whenever they are unwell to stop vomiting or diarrhoea but in your situation i think your docs should not be prescribing it for you at all. pear or prune juice is your best bet but do consult a pharmacist/naturopath if you can.

#4 mcejuan

Posted 19 April 2018 - 10:40 PM

View Postpetit_manchot, on 19 April 2018 - 10:29 PM, said:

An osmotic laxative like movicol/osmolax is very gentle but could hopefully bring you some relief. They do tend to take a day or two to start working, but in my experience they don’t cause cramping. Make sure that you drink enough water, as they work by drawing more water into the bowel. My GI specialist has me drink min1.5 litres per day (coffee and tea don’t count).
Perhaps also consider glycerol suppositories.
I’d be heading to the doctor for more advice if things don’t get moving again in the next couple of days.


#5 mcejuan

Posted 19 April 2018 - 10:42 PM

Thanks so much for your reply, I will look into osmolax as a softener!

#6 Sara.xoxo

Posted 19 April 2018 - 10:50 PM

OP I feel your pain! After my DS was born I didn’t poo for 3 days. I was given movicol and then an enema which didn’t work well. I finally did a poonami myself on day 4... it was the absolute worst! But the relief was wonderful. What I think helped for me was prune juice, lots and lots of water and when it finally came I had to put my feet on a little stool to get comfortable on the toilet.
Good luck, I would go see the GP if you have no relief by tomorrow xo

#7 Pooks Combusted

Posted 19 April 2018 - 10:53 PM

A few zofran probably haven’t caused it. Zofran is a perfectly sensible prescription for pregnancy nausea but usually people need to take a laxative as well- but that’s really when it’s taken at high doses regularly. If you weren’t keeping fluids down that’s likely a contributing cause and add in the fact of the birth and injury and you’ve got a perfect storm.

#8 mcejuan

Posted 19 April 2018 - 11:09 PM

View PostSara.xoxo, on 19 April 2018 - 10:50 PM, said:

What I think helped for me was prune juice, lots and lots of water and when it finally came I had to put my feet on a little stool to get comfortable on the toilet.
Good luck, I would go see the GP if you have no relief by tomorrow xo

Ah yes prune juice I see it come up often, i May try it as a hopefully more natural alternative - did it cause you cramps?

#9 c.sanders

Posted 19 April 2018 - 11:40 PM

I mentioned in another thread to use a little stool to get your knees up. This really helped me during my recovery. There's a whole lot of science behind it you can look up.

I just used a cheapie kidskids stool from kmart.

#10 Ollie83

Posted 19 November 2019 - 07:19 AM

It has the same effect on me, I’d rather suffer through the nausea and vomiting then put up with its effects.

Personally, pear skins, pear juice and dried pears with as much water as I can bare helps me out.

And yes for PP, it only takes one or two tablets not high dose and not regular taking to do it.

#11 afterlaughter

Posted 19 November 2019 - 07:35 AM

6 Movicols a day, every day for a while.

#12 Lou-bags

Posted 19 November 2019 - 09:01 AM

With constipation as severe as that I would not rely on remedies like prune juice etc alone. I’d be asking for medical advice.

Are you still in hospital? Yes? I know I was told I wouldn’t be discharged until I’d had a bowel movement. I was given lactulose that was very effective (but I was not anywhere near as severe as you- I think it’s a mild treatment option).

Congrats on your baby and best of luck to get this sorted ASAP.

#13 seayork2002

Posted 19 November 2019 - 09:15 AM

I have tried Movicol and Metamucil, Metamucil works more for me (normally speaking not due to to pregnancy etc.)

I find cherries and dried apricots works, I used to have prunes with rice pudding but find prune juice too sweet for me.

One thing I do is no matter what I do or take I make sure I have plenty of water

#14 Ozquoll

Posted 19 November 2019 - 09:27 AM

View Postseayork2002, on 19 November 2019 - 09:15 AM, said:

I have tried Movicol and Metamucil, Metamucil works more for me (normally speaking not due to to pregnancy etc.)

I find cherries and dried apricots works, I used to have prunes with rice pudding but find prune juice too sweet for me.

One thing I do is no matter what I do or take I make sure I have plenty of water
I doubt Metamucil will help the OP as she is describing a pretty severe case of constipation - Metamucil is just fibre, by itself it isn't going to unblock things. Movicol is an osmotic stool softener - it actually draws water into the bowel to soften the poo and make it easier to pass.

OP - please seek medical advice before things get worse. I had severe constipation after giving birth, and it resulted in a very painful anal fissure. I wish I had gone to the GP for advice before things got that bad. Stool softeners like Movicol are a godsend 🙏.

#15 Mumsyto2

Posted 19 November 2019 - 09:27 AM

May or may not be coincidence. I had exactly the same issue immediately pre and post birth and never touched the stuff. Nothing against it, just had no need. My ob ordered something from the hospital pharmacy - nothing natural or gentle I can assure you, then I was stuck on loo for 2 days in excruciating pain from spasms but by god it did the trick and never had an issue again (nor did I before), was just around the birth and only happened with one of my kids.

Of course, it could be the meds but if so you are unlucky. One of my kids lives on them (lot of issues) and it’s never been a problem for them.

#16 Luci

Posted 19 November 2019 - 09:49 AM

OP Please seek medical advice as soon as possible. I agree with PP's that with constipation as severe as yours things like juice are unlikely to help.

I have had 3 babies and suffered with constipation following the birth of each one, even though I had not taken any medication at all. I was given something in hospital (can't remember what) which sorted it out and I have never had problems again.

Congratulations on the birth of your baby.

#17 ckmelb

Posted 19 November 2019 - 09:52 AM

OP had her baby in April last year so hopefully passed a bowel movement since then

I believe it's perfectly normal to struggle with poos after birth. I had a C section almost 3 weeks ago and needed assistance (movicol and lactilose in hospital) and Actilax at home since I'm not walking around much outside yet. I assume slight dehydration from breastfeeding isn't helping me either

#18 Luci

Posted 19 November 2019 - 10:11 AM

Yikes a zombie poo thread




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