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Old 08-24-2008, 03:55 PM   #1
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Silly Question...Constipation

I don't recall being constipated in my adult life, even with my first pregnancy. I am 12 weeks in to my second. Today I felt the need to go, but had to strain to get any results. I am having a pain in my lower abdomen. I can feel it when I touch it. I was lilttle gassy and that did relieve it some. It doesn't feel like PMS cramping. Is this constipation? I know it is safe to take over the counter drugs, but I don't want to take anything until I know exactly what it is.

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Old 08-24-2008, 04:11 PM   #2
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Re: Silly Question...Constipation

it sounds like its either constipation or just gas. if you dont wanna take anything try to increase fiber and fruits. every since i have been on a special diet for my gd that has a lot of fiber and fruit i havent had any problems. if you want a quick fix though my dr tells me to take colace. before you take anything though you should call and ask what they recommend

Old 08-24-2008, 04:15 PM   #3
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It sounds to me like it could be. A lot of women get constipated in pregnancy. I am like you though, with my first pregnancy, I had NO issues with it at all--actually, I think I was going more than I had been before I got pregnant. But with this pregnancy (16 weeks), I am not going very often at all, and a lot of the time when I do, it's a struggle.. Try orange juice. A couple of glasses a day normally seems to do the job for me. Come to think of it, during my first pregnancy, I was obsessed with oj, I probably drank a litre a day. Maybe that's what kept me so regular?! Good luck!


Old 08-24-2008, 06:00 PM   #4
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I feel for your pain! It can get so uncomfortable. My first pregnancy, this is how I found out I was pregnant. I thought it was period cramps at first (really bad period cramps) but my period never came and it felt a little different than period cramps. I was in tears many nights because it was so bad. Anyway, in addition to some of the other posts about food choices, I also found that walking around while massaging my abdomen helped to "shake things loose" so that I could actually go. Many nights I woke up with incredibly painful cramping and just paced the living room floors. Usually after 30 minutes or so of the walking/massaging I could go to the bathroom. Good luck!

Old 08-24-2008, 06:21 PM   #5
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Re: Silly Question...Constipation

Thanks. I was starting to worry something was wrong.

Old 08-25-2008, 08:25 AM   #6
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I would not advise taking any drugs. You can drink apple juice and use foods to help relieve constipation naturally usually. I would seriously look into this first and give it a chance. You can maintain by eating the right foods that will help prevent constipation.

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Re: Silly Question...Constipation

Hey -

I'm living the same story. Never constipated, and bang, once i started taking those prenatal vitamins I've had a lot of problems. Some lower abdominal pain as well, like you described. Plus some bleeding when I go. (I know, tmi, but that's what pregnancy seems to be about...)

I've pretty much solved the problem now -- as long as I'm drinking enough water and eating enough fiber, life is good. I highly suggest kiwis, as they seem to work really well. In addition, raisin bran, raw veggies, lots of fresh fruit etc, seems to do the trick.

Good Luck!

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