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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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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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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, 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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6months pregnant and would like to know is it ok to take a probiotic instead of laxative to regulate bowel movements. I'm in overall perfect health.

6months pregnant and would like to know is it ok to take a probiotic instead of laxative to regulate bowel movements. I'm in overall perfect health.

Yes: Although there is increasing evidence of the impact of the digestive tract flora (bacteria; modified by probiotics) on our overall health, there is no evidence one way or another (good or bad) on its impact on pregnancy. ...Read more

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I have had infrequent bowel movements for the past year. I've tried fibre, laxatives, Metamucil.. But it doesn't help me. What do I do ?

I have had infrequent bowel movements for the past year. I've tried fibre, laxatives, Metamucil.. But it doesn't help me. What do I do ?

Miralax: constipation is common and a frustrating symptoms it is defined by more than just frequency of stools. if stools are not hard and no straining than going several days is not the issue. if you have symptoms though I would try miralax (its otc), plenty of water and regular exercise. ...Read more

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What do you do if you're eating fiber and takeing laxatives and still have no bowel movements?

What do you do if you're eating fiber and takeing laxatives and still have no bowel movements?

H20: Have you been taking in enough water. If you take in lots of fiber with inadequate water, it can make the problem worse. Recommend hydrating well. If otc laxatives are not working, consider consulting with your physician. ...Read more

Pregnancy (Definition)

If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...Read more


Defecation (Definition)

Defecation is also known as Bowel movement. Passing food that is fully digested and ready for excretion out the ...Read more