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Dr. Krishna Kumar
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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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Does every one when there pregnant gets constipated or no?

Does every one when there pregnant gets constipated or no?

Often: While not everyone who is pregnant has constipation, it's very common. Progesterone, one of the primary hormones of pregnancy, causes your bowels to more more slowly, and that means that more water gets absorbed from your stool, thus making stool harder by the time it reaches your rectum. I like MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) or generic equivalent for prevention of constipation in pregnancy and when not pregnant. ...Read more

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8 weeks pregnant and constipated. Please help!

8 weeks pregnant and constipated. Please help!

Staying regular: Hydrate well with water. Consider prune juice to get your GI tract moving. Eat at least 5 servings of vegetables and 4 servings of fruit per day. Maintain a good fiber intake. Remain physically active. Congratulations & take care. ...Read more

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My step daughter is 6mos pregnant and constipated can she use suppositories?

My step daughter is 6mos pregnant and constipated can she use suppositories?

Fiber: Would try first increasing fiber in diet or taking fiber supplement. Suppository like a glycerin suppository that acts as lubricant and stimulant is mild and should be fine. If persists would discuss further with obstetrician. ...Read more

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I am 9wks pregnant and constipated can you cause any harm to baby when forcing hard to go to bathroom?

I am 9wks pregnant and constipated can you cause any harm to baby when forcing hard to go to bathroom?

Nope.: You probably cannot strain hard enough to increase the pressure so much in your abdominal space to harm a fetus. Don't worry. You may, however, be uncomfortable - fiber, water, stool softeners, and laxatives can all help - just check with your doctor or pharmacist to be sure they're safe in pregnancy! ...Read more

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8w pregnant-never constipated. Had small amounts painless smelly yellow rectal mucus (1st time in life) for a week. Today lots of bloody mucus. Ideas?

8w pregnant-never constipated. Had small amounts painless smelly yellow rectal mucus (1st time in life) for a week. Today lots of bloody mucus. Ideas?

Needs evaluation: Mucous and blood from the rectum is never normal. This is not likely to be related to being pregnant. I would schedule a visit with your primary care doctor or directly with a gastroenterologist to have this evaluated. There are several colon disorders that can cause this. ...Read more

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Weird feelings in my abdomen but not pregnant or constipated. What can cause pressure down low?

Weird feelings in my abdomen but not pregnant or constipated. What can cause pressure down low?

Bladder problem?: When you say pressure down low, that makes me think you may have bladder issues. Your bladder is located just on top of your pubic bone. Otherwise, down low may be related to uterine sensations as well. Fibroids can cause pressure too. One cannot rule out intestinal issues as well. See a physician and they can perform an exam and rule out anything serious. ...Read more

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36 weeks pregnant. Really constipated. Overdosing on iron pills?

36 weeks pregnant. Really constipated. Overdosing on iron pills?

Not Really: Iron pills are known to cause constipation, especially if combined with prenatal vitamen which usually contaim iron. Not really overdosing, just normal in people taking iron. ...Read more

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9 weeks pregnant and constipated. I drink water and gatorade. And Jane been eating bran cereal. Haven't had a normal bowel movement for about a week.

9 weeks pregnant and constipated. I drink water and gatorade. And Jane been eating bran cereal. Haven't had a normal bowel movement for about a week.

Include more fiber: In diet! Gatorade is mainly sugar, and not so great for electrolyte replacement. There is something with less sugar called Vitamin Water, but what is even safer is coconut water (fresh). That was used in WW2 to treat wounded soldiers IV! In any case, call your OB/GYN for further direction, and eat more cooked greens and veges. Better to use organic steel cut oats, than bran (GMO). ...Read more

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Pregnant & totally constipated. Eating 20 grams or more of fiber a day & drinking water to counteract the constipation. It isn't working. Suggestions?

Pregnant & totally constipated. Eating 20 grams or more of fiber a day & drinking water to counteract the constipation. It isn't working. Suggestions?

Miralax (polyethylene glycol): This is a very common problem in pregnancy. You are on the right track. Try some miralax (polyethylene glycol). Use a capful in a glass of water or juice everyday. It is not absorbed by the body but causes more liquid to come into the intestines. You may have to alter the amount you use each day. Make sure you check with your OB first to make sure they have no problem with you using this. ...Read more

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Had sex on 16 march. Took postinor 2 nxt mrning. Had withdrawal bleeding on 23 march. Last periods ws on 9th march. No periods as of yet. 2day is 22 april. Am I pregnant? Feeling constipated n tired.

Had sex on 16 march. Took postinor 2 nxt mrning. Had withdrawal bleeding on 23 march. Last periods ws on 9th march. No periods as of yet. 2day is 22 april. Am I pregnant? Feeling constipated n tired.

Can do preg. Test: A urine pregnancy test done correctly will give a reliable result 3 weeks after sex (or when conception might have happened) or 1 week after missing a period. If done sooner, a positive result is likely real, but a negative result may be due to testing too soon, and therefore lead to a repeat test. If a woman has her normal regular period, then she is not pregnant, and the test is not needed yet. ...Read more

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5wks pregnant and only constipated at night. What can I do to to releaf it?

5wks pregnant and only constipated at night. What can I do to to releaf it?

Take something: If it only happens at night you can just wait until morning and then have your bowel movement. Alternatively you could take MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) or another over the counter constipation agent. These work quite well and are safe for you. ...Read more

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What are remedies (foods, medicines etc.) for pregnant who are constipated. Thanks?

What are remedies (foods, medicines etc.) for pregnant who are constipated. Thanks?

Many: Hydrate with plenty of water. Eat lots of fiber rich foods. Warm prune juice may help. Stool softeners like colace are fine. If no relief a laxative like MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) is also safe. ...Read more

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I'm 5 weeks pregnant is being constipated harmful to my baby?

I'm 5 weeks pregnant is being constipated harmful to my baby?

No...: Constipation will not harm your baby. For relief try a taking a stool softener and/or prunes daily. Good luck! ...Read more

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I am 9 weeks pregnant and extremely constipated. I have sharp pains and so much discomfort. What can I take to help?

I am 9 weeks pregnant and extremely constipated. I have sharp pains and so much discomfort. What can I take to help?

Stool softeners: Stool softeners, such as Colace, (docusate sodium) are generally considered safe during pregnancy. It moistens the stool and makes it easier to pass. The iron in your prenatal vitamin may be contributing. Non-pharmacologic strategies include drinking lots of water, daily physical activity/walking, and more fiber in diet. Your doctor will need to suggest any stronger laxatives. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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Hello, I'm about 8 weeks pregnant and highly constipated. I've been taking prune lax with 2 softners every two days. Is this not ok?

Hello, I'm about 8 weeks pregnant and highly constipated. I've been taking prune lax with 2 softners every two days. Is this not ok?

This is fine: These are not things that can have any specific effect on the baby. Also, make sure you are drinking plenty of water. ...Read more

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I'm pregnant, constipated, and haven't eaten anything green for at least three weeks. I passed some stool today and it's changed from clay colored to?

I'm pregnant, constipated, and haven't eaten anything green for at least three weeks. I passed some stool today and it's changed from clay colored to?

See answer: The following site has very helpful information on constipation in pregnancy: http://bit. Ly/24KU1Ts and you can visit My Checklist "Treating Constipation". ...Read more

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Do I have a hemorrhoid? 16 weeks pregnant constipated very little bright red blood streaks but no longer having it but still feeling odd down there.

Do I have a hemorrhoid? 16 weeks pregnant constipated very little bright red blood streaks but no longer having it but still feeling odd down there.

Could be: Hemorrhoids are common in pregnancy. Avoiding constipation with increasing water intake, increasing exercise and eating prunes if necessary usually helps. A stool softener can also help, but talk to your OB-gyn to make sure it's "allowed". ...Read more

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I am 8 weeks pregnant, constipated since bfore pregnancy, then just yestrday when I had to poo, I noticed oil leakage, is this normal? Help please TY

I am 8 weeks pregnant, constipated since bfore pregnancy, then just yestrday when I had to poo, I noticed oil leakage, is this normal? Help please TY

Changes in bowel: Habot are normal during pregnancy. You may be suffering from constipation with fecal leakage. You should consult your oB-GYN for the mediciation with both laxative and stool softener which is safest for you to use, ...Read more

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13 weeks pregnant, constipated and finally went to the bathroom but my stool had streaks of blood in it. Is this normal?

Probably: Straining and hard stool can cause little tears in your anus that bleed. Also, pregnancy can cause hemorrhoids, which can bleed during bowel movements. Have your doctor take a look at your next prenatal exam. If there is no visible explanation for the bleeding, then your doctor may want you to see a colorectal specialist. ...Read more

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22 weeks pregnant, constipated and experiencing vaginal pain that runs down to the foot?

22 weeks pregnant, constipated and experiencing vaginal pain that runs down to the foot?

Vaginal. Pain: Can take a stool softener like Colace (docusate sodium) and possible laxative if really constipated. Constipation can cause pressure but if cramping and or spotting, could be premature contractions causing pressure and pain and need to call your docor right away. ...Read more

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12 weeks pregnant and severely constipated. I have drank tons of water and prune juice with no relief? Any other suggestions?

12 weeks pregnant and severely constipated. I have drank tons of water and prune juice with no relief? Any other suggestions?

Constipation: This can be very defeating. Besides drinking plenty of fluids, eat high fiber foods (veggies, fruits).
Also, Miralax (polyethylene glycol) appears to be safe and quite effective. Colace, stool softener, may be used as well. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Constipation (Definition)

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