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    Default 28 weeks & severe constipation - Physillium

    Hi all, I'm 28 weeks & have to take a really high iron supp which is making me severely constipated. I'm only going 2 times per week & even those occasions it's very minimal. I have brought some physillium (sp?) & took 2 teaspoons yesterday & will again today. Just wondering how long it will take for this to work? Or should I be taking more?

    I'm so scared sometimes of pushing that I'm going to push the bub out :-(

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    PSyllium husk is great, keep taking it and you should see a difference in a couple of days but make sure you drink plenty of water with it. Are you taking the teaspoons separately or at once. I take psyllium husk all the time and have it morning and night. Pears also work for me. Plain psyllium husk is much better than anything like metamucil IMO. You wont push bub out but I know that feeling!

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    If you need to get things moving quickly try luctulose syrup & then use the psyllium husk to keep regular.

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    Psyllium is good for keeping you regular but no good for relieving constipation. I had it quite badly & took Coloxyl tablets (over the counter at the chemist) & drank a heap of prune juice (gross but super effective). I was also recommended Fybogel which I drank ongoing.

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    I find it relieves constipation after a couple of days

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    It really depends on how bad it is, if it is bad then you should probably go to your gp.

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    Moxy is right, it's a bad idea to take any kind of fiber supplement if you're already backed up. It just sits behind the waste that's already stuck there and makes things worse.

    My chemist recommended a liquid laxative that was actually a lubricant. It doesn't affect your muscles at all (which is what you want to avoid when utd), just lubricates your digestive tract to make the waste move much easier. I think it was called Anusol our something like that.
    It worked a treat and THEN I started taking fiber and didn't have a problem afterwards.

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    For immediate relief I would use glycerol suppositories.
    For long term benefits I'd drink lots of water, eat plenty of fresh fruits including prunes and pears and if that didn't help I'd include a supplement as well.

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    There are iron supliments that don't cause constipation. Spatone is one of them. It's also recommended for people with very low levels. My pharmacist told me the only "safe" laxative during pregnancy was dufilac/Actilax, but they both made me gag and vommit

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    You poor thing, I know this feeling well!! I was so constipated during my last pregnancy and nothing would work. I ended up having to be admitted to hospital and having a full 'cleanse', the stuff they give to patients to clear them out before colon/bowel surgery!!
    I hope something works for you soon and it doesn't get as bad as that


 

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