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How to Relieve Constipation During Pregnancy

Constipation is never fun, especially when you’re pregnant and have an a little human body crowding out your digestive tract. Laxatives are not safe during pregnancy, so what can you do?

First, make sure you’re adapting all the lifestyle factors to promote healthy bowel movements:

– drink plenty of water and fluids
– get daily exercise, even if it’s just walking
– eat enough fiber from vegetables, fruit, whole grains and legumes
– make time for a bowel movement, and try to stick to a schedule

But chances are if you’re reading this you’re desperate for help NOW. So here are some things you can try:

– sip on hot water all day
– try a cup of green tea or coffee, which have natural laxative effects
– drink a cup of chamomile tea to relax the smooth muscles in the GI tract
– eat a few dried prunes or apricots
– drink some warm (or chilled) prune juice
– try Metamucil fiber crackers
– Colace is an OTC medication that most doctors consider safe during pregnancy. You can take up to 3 per day and expect a BM within 72 hrs.
– massage your belly in an arch from lower right up to your sternum and down the left side

Hopefully, you will find some relief with these tips! I’d love to hear feedback on what’s working for you!


7 Tips for Stomach Flu During Pregnancy

I had the misfortune of coming down with a terrible stomach flu yesterday. Being 5 months pregnant, I was worried sick about my baby. My symptoms were diarrhea and vomiting every 45-90 minutes for 14 hrs. While I had heard the bug itself shouldn’t pose any risks to the baby, I knew dehydration could be very dangerous. After reading on the internet, it made me more nervous since I certainly wasn’t able to keep down a sip of water, let alone the copious amounts recommended. Here is my advice:

1. Call your doctor or midwife just to keep them in the loop.
2. Get some help from your baby-making partner, family member or a friend, or at least let them know you’re ill and check-in with them frequently.
3. Get a large cup of ice chips to suck on. If you’re like me, I couldn’t keep anything down and this was all I could do to keep some hydration.
4. Get a glass of anything you can tolerate sips of: diluted white grape juice, water, even soda if that’s what helps. This is not the time to be concerned about high-fructose corn syrup — you just need to get hydrated.
5. Get some plain brown rice cakes or saltine crackers to nibble on.
6. Once you’re able, try some broth or dry toast and continue with bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce and toast.
7. If you’re very ill for over 24 hours, call your doctor again. You may be advised to go to the ER for some IV fluids.

If you develop additional symptoms like headache, fever or stiff neck, call your doctor right away as you may need to go to the hospital.

I hope this helps! And try not to worry. The body does all it can to protect that little bun in your oven.