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Doctor insights on: 8 Months Pregnant Really Bad Constipation

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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Pregnancy (Definition)

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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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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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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Im 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?

Im 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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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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