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I haven't had a bowel movement in 3 days and im pregnant.What should I do?

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Dr. David Finke
Obstetrics & Gynecology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Constipation

During pregnancy is common.
Try drinking more water. Add a stool softener like colace (docusate sodium) once or twice a day. Consider milk of magnesium. Avoid most suppositories that can cause uterine cramping. Cut back on iron supplement if ok with your doctor. With severe cases, no bowel movement in 7 days, i consider water enemas rarely.

In brief: Constipation

During pregnancy is common.
Try drinking more water. Add a stool softener like colace (docusate sodium) once or twice a day. Consider milk of magnesium. Avoid most suppositories that can cause uterine cramping. Cut back on iron supplement if ok with your doctor. With severe cases, no bowel movement in 7 days, i consider water enemas rarely.
Dr. David Finke
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Dr. Kristi Kohl
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Fiber, fluids

When you are pregnant, the Progesterone makes the blood vessels dilate which can cause congestion in the bowels (and other places) and cause constipation.
If you are having no other symptoms, the most conservative (and best for your baby) would be to increase your intake of fruits, vegetables, and water. If you are having other symptoms, see your doctor.

In brief: Fiber, fluids

When you are pregnant, the Progesterone makes the blood vessels dilate which can cause congestion in the bowels (and other places) and cause constipation.
If you are having no other symptoms, the most conservative (and best for your baby) would be to increase your intake of fruits, vegetables, and water. If you are having other symptoms, see your doctor.
Dr. Kristi Kohl
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Dr. Kevin Daus
Also Milk of Mag is safe but you still need to drink a lot of water. It does not taste good but it works.
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