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When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Can you have really bad constipation cramps while your pregnant? Does or hurt the baby?

Can you have really bad constipation cramps while your pregnant? Does or hurt the baby?

Constipation common: Many women get constipated when they are pregnant. Drinking lots of water and eating plenty of fiber containing foods can help. Many women need a stool softener or a fiber supplement. Constipation does not hurt the baby. If you are not sure if you are cramping from constipation or in preterm labor, call your doctor. ...Read more

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4wks pregnant and have bad constipation only at night. Can I take activia greek yogurt and is it ok to eat more that once a day?

4wks pregnant and have bad constipation only at night. Can I take activia greek yogurt and is it ok to eat more that once a day?

Sure: That is great. If that does not help then try a fiber like benefiber. Be sure to drink lots of fluid and eat lots of frits and veggies! ...Read more

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I am having bad constipation and pregnant too. Taking fibre rich diet, plenty of water, excercise but not working. Please suggest what should I do?

I am having bad constipation and pregnant too. Taking fibre rich diet, plenty of water, excercise but not working. Please suggest what should I do?

Colace (docusate sodium): You can try a fiber supplement like citrucel, metamucil or other once a dsy and colace (docusate sodium) up to three times a day. ...Read more

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Is constipation in late pregnancy bad?

Is constipation in late pregnancy bad?

Not for baby: Constipation in pregnancy isn't bad for baby, though sometimes it can be a sign of dehydration or not drinking enough water. Increased risk of hemorroids is not fun. Drink as much as you can and if still constipated, consider MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) or generic equivalent as very safe in pregnancy and super effective. ...Read more

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Am 13weeks pregnant&have bad constipation. Is pushing hard when in the bathroom could hurt the baby or cause a misscarriage?

Constipation: This is a common scenario and is unlikely to be any trouble for the baby. I am sure your prenatal guide book that you have to read during your pregnancy talks about this; and how to have normal or regular bowel movements. It is safe to soften your stool with fluids, fiber and fruits. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take 600mg of magnesium while pregnant? Have bad constipation and this always helped before. Nothing else is helping.

Is it safe to take 600mg of magnesium while pregnant? Have bad constipation and this always helped before. Nothing else is helping.

CONSTIPATION: If you are pregnant specially 1st trimester, always ask your OB what rx you take because it might affect the baby. Magnesium so4 can be taken as much as 15 to 30 gm/ day, milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) 30 to 60 cc/day. ...Read more

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8 weeks pregnant had really bad constipation last night and today my stomach feels really sore and strained from pushing does this harm the baby?

8 weeks pregnant had really bad constipation last night and today my stomach feels really sore and strained from pushing does this harm the baby?

Constipation/pregnan: Follow up with ob

During pregnancy there is constipation from hormones, iron-which you need, and the fetus. Good bowel habits include fluids, and fiber in brown rice, oats, barley, lentils, beans, strawberries, raspberries, avocados. Products like psyllium, bran are ok but discuss use of any product with OB.

Try to avoid straining, a single episode is unlikely to be harmful, f/u with OB ...Read more

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10week pregnant & having bad constipation, my ob prescribed molaxole sachet. I read warning against use of it during pregnancy. Is it safe for me & my baby?

10week pregnant & having bad constipation, my ob prescribed molaxole sachet. I read warning against use of it during pregnancy. Is it safe for me & my baby?

Molaxole &pregnancy: In the drug info: there is no experience of its use during pregnancy and lactation and should be used if your dr recommends. ...Read more

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Hi I am 7 weeks pregnant and have bad constipation for the last week is there anything I can take which will not harm the pregnancy?

Hi I am 7 weeks pregnant and have bad constipation for the last week is there anything I can take which will not harm the pregnancy?

Over the counter: Some patients benefit from over the counter stool softeners like Colace. Others prefer fiber supplements like Citrucel or Metamucil. Drinking more water and increasing fiber consumption helps as well. ...Read more

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I am 9 weeks pregnant. I took senna tea to releave my constipation. Is this bad for my pregnancy?

I am 9 weeks pregnant. I took senna tea to releave my constipation. Is this bad for my pregnancy?

Try stool softener: Senna can act as an intestinal stimulant and prolonged use may make your gut dependent on it. Try stool softener a and/or fiber supplements. They are safer and non-addictive. ...Read more

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I'm 6 weeks pregnant & have bad constipation&am very bloated. Its bad. I have docusate sodium 100mg & was wondering if it was safe to take 6 instead of 1-3?

I'm 6 weeks pregnant & have bad constipation&am very bloated. Its bad. I have docusate sodium 100mg & was wondering if it was safe to take 6 instead of 1-3?

Follow the label: For now, follow the label on the docusate. Next, go see your OB doctor and ask what to do - it's going to be a long 9.5 months! Make sure you are eating very healthy foods - avoid fast food, processed foods (like cheetos, frozen dinners, etc.). Eat lots of fresh veggies. Don't drink pop or fruit juice (stick to water and milk). Avoid rice and applesauce (both will constipate). Add prunes! ...Read more

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I will be twelve weeks pregnant monday, here lately I have been so constipated and straining so much, is this bad?

I will be twelve weeks pregnant monday, here lately I have been so constipated and straining so much, is this bad?

Possibly: Straining from constipation is generally not a good idea to maintain as a usual thing, pregnant or not. I would advise increasing fiber and water intake; if this isn't sufficient, you should discuss with your ob/gyn. If your multivitamin has iron, you may be able to go to one with less iron, depending on how your blood counts look. Also, he/she may be able to recommend a safe stool softener. ...Read more

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I'm 8 weeks pregnant, im severely constipated, vomiting really bad, then im having heartburn. Also, I'm very moody and so exhausted, is this normal?

I'm 8 weeks pregnant, im severely constipated, vomiting really bad, then im having heartburn. Also, I'm very moody and so exhausted, is this normal?

Hyperemesis: Vomiting and heartburn could be the manifestation of Hyperemesis Gravidarum, therefore you should visit your Ob/Gyn. For constipation you can try Miralax (polyethylene glycol) 17 gm daily and drink lot of water. Thanks ...Read more

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If I'm waiting to see if I'm pregnant, the two week wait, im bloated and constipated badly, if I took a laxative, would that stop implantation?

If I'm waiting to see if I'm pregnant, the two week wait, im bloated and constipated badly, if I took a laxative, would that stop implantation?

No, but...: No it won't, but if the laxative causes severe diarrhea, the dehydration could interrupt the process of implantation. The uterus with a developing pregnancy needs a "quiet" room to conduct its' business, and that is very hard when there is an intestinal "party going on next door". ...Read more

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I'm almost 6 weeks pregnant & I'm having cramps. I'm not constipated. Is it bad I'm having cramps?

Not necessarily: Pregnancy affects the intestinal tract, slows it down and may cause increased gas, occasionally leading to cramps. The warning signs for miscarriage are bright red bleeding accompanied by rhythmic cramping. ...Read more

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Very constipated and pregnant. Is milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) bad for you if you take it very day? Can it harm the baby in any way?

Yes and no: Milk of magnesia isn't my first choice for constipation in pregnancy. I used it a couple of times, but excess use can cause harm to you and baby. Better is MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) or generic equivalent in pregnancy. It's not absorbed by body and isn't as harsh as milk of magnesia can be. Make sure to drink enough water (make your pee clear colored). Milk of magnesia a couple of times won't harm you or baby t. ...Read more

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My mother is 4 months pregnant and she has a bad headache, tired, and constipated (maybe her pills for pregnancy) what can she take?

My mother is 4 months pregnant and she has a bad headache, tired, and constipated (maybe her pills for pregnancy) what can she take?

Lots of remedies: You can't cure fatigue, but there are things she can take. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is fine for headaches. For constipation there are lots of options...Increase fiber and water, and try a stool softener like colace. If her symptoms don't improve, she should talk to her doc. ...Read more

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Is holding your breath while pregnant bad for the baby? I've been straining to poop because I'm constipated, and noticed I hold my breath. Is this bad

Is holding your breath while pregnant bad for the baby? I've been straining to poop because I'm constipated, and noticed I hold my breath. Is this bad

Unlikely: If you hold your breath too long, you'll pass out. Once unconscious, your body automatically starts breathing again. (that's why we pediatricians are never excited by breath holding spells in toddlers.) if you're not passing out while having a bowel movement, it's unlikely that your baby is suffering any ill effects. Talk to your OB about the constipation-no need to suffer. ...Read more

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7weeks pregnant and my stomach gets this bad hunger pain I can eat and it still feel like im so hungry also I've been constipated bad with CP from gas?

7weeks pregnant and my stomach gets this bad hunger pain I can eat and it still feel like im so hungry also I've been constipated bad with CP from gas?

Normal: The symptoms you are describing are normal. Your calorie demand has increased because you are growing a baby-- hunger is the way your body tells you it needs more calorie intake. The constipation and gas pains occur because hormones cause the GI tract to move more slowly. ...Read more

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My period is seven days late but four pregnancy tests have said negative. I'm eating and sleeping more, I have bad gas I'm constipated?

My period is seven days late but four pregnancy tests have said negative. I'm eating and sleeping more, I have bad gas I'm constipated?

See your doctor: Menstrual irregularity, sleep issues, gastrointestinal problems...you need to see your doctor for an exam and some lab tests to evaluate you further. Good luck! ...Read more

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I'm pregnant and very constipated. Stool softeners and prune juice ain't doing the trick. Can this be bad and are enemas safe?! what else can I do?

Safe laxatives: There are many safe laxatives to try if necessary. Are you drinking enough water daily? Are you eating high fiber foods? Talk to your doctor about whether she has a preference for dulcolax, miralax, (polyethylene glycol) or a different product. Both are safe in pregnancy. ...Read more

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I'm preganant and I'm having problems pooping it's so bad I can't sleep at night, What is the best magnesium to get for constipation?

Constipation: Magnesium Glycinate, which also helps with insomnia. You can start with 200 mg twice daily and titrate up. You know you are getting too much when your stools get too soft. Constipation is COMMON in pregnancy. Lots of fluids, fiber and you can certainly take an OTC stool softener like Colace (docusate sodium). ...Read more

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What to do about constipation when pregnant?

What to do about constipation when pregnant?

Constipation: Pregnancy confers multiple physical and biochemical changes. Constipation is a common event usually secondary in pregnacy to dietary changes or dehydration. Eating more fruits and vegetables will usually assist. Consult your healthcare professional before using laxatives, as some are not desireable in pregnancy. ...Read more

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