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I'm 2 months pregnant and i haven't had a bowel movement n 3 days....I've tried laxatives, but nothing. What should I do. It really hurts when i try.

I'm 2 months pregnant and i haven't had a bowel movement n 3 days....I've tried laxatives, but nothing. What should I do. It really hurts when i try.

Other meds: Talk to your obstetrician who may recommend something like an oral lubricating agent for hard stools. There are other laxatives that just pass through the bowel cleaning it out. Iron supplements prescribed during pregnancy can cause severe constipation. Daily prune juice helps it. ...Read more

Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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I just found out that I am pregnant. I have not had a bowel movement in a week And I am in pain. What is safe to take to help me go during pregnancy?

I just found out that I am pregnant. I have not had a bowel movement in a week And I am in pain. What is safe to take to help me go during pregnancy?

Several options: You can take Peri-colace or Senokot, (senna) both are brand names for docusate sodium. And of course see your provider for a complete prenatal exam. Colace can be used as a stool softener. Eat foods with fiber such as fruits and vegetables. ...Read more

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Are laxatives safe to take while pregnant to help reduce straining during bowel movements?

Are laxatives safe to take while pregnant to help reduce straining during bowel movements?

Yes: Constipation is a frequent complaint during pregnancy. Occasional laxative use is safe for relief of this common symptom. It is best not to become reliant on laxatives, and adequate exercise, water and fiber are very helpful. Increase fiber gradually to minimize bloating. Ask your provider which laxatives they have found to be best. ...Read more

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Why can't I have a bowel movement without laxatives?

Chronic constipation: Is a difficult problem. You can become dependent upon laxatives and this can lead to all sorts of problems. Consult with GI specialist to make sure that there are no mechanical or nerve problems. ...Read more

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8 months pregnant what can I take so I can have a bowel movement?

Enema: An enema would be fine, as would a gentle laxative to get things started. If you're having ongoing problems, make sure you're getting enough water and you might want to add a stool softener daily. Adding fresh apples, plums, grapes, prunes can also help. ...Read more

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Is a bowel movement a sign of pregnancy?

Is a bowel movement a sign of pregnancy?

No: Classic pregnancy sxs begin when period is missed or thereafter (6-8 wks). Sx’s can include: tender /swollen breasts, nausea or vomiting; lack of period; ^ frequency of urination; headaches, insomnia, fatigue. Moodiness, mild cramping, food cravings ; aversions; passing gas; enlarging waist line ; ^ white, milky vaginal discharge. Take pregnancy test to know. ...Read more

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Is a black bowel movement a pregnancy symptom?

Is a black bowel movement a pregnancy symptom?

NO!: Melena can be an indication of significant bleeding in your digestive tract - pregnancy is not supposed to do that! go to the emergency room asap to investigate this further! ...Read more

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I get blood in toilet after bowel movement. Possibly pregnant?

I get blood in toilet after bowel movement. Possibly pregnant?

Bloody BM: It sounds like you're very worried about possibly being pregnant, but a bloody bowel movement is not a sign of pregnancy. To know about pregnancy, take a home pregnancy test after you have missed your menstrual period. The blood in your toilet may relate to a bleeding hemorrhoid or rectal fissure -- and you'll need to see your physician about this. The fissure would be painful; hemorrhoid not. ...Read more

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