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Posted by: bronwen | 2010/02/11

constipation/bloating

8wks preg, am using duphalac daily but still have constipation and very bad bloating at night, what else can i do? no amount of water is helping either.

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Dear Bronwen

Constipation is a very common problem during pregnancy. Firstly you should look at your diet, and ensure that you are eating enough fibre-rich foods such as fruit and vegetables (at least 5 servings a day) and whole-grain cereals. This can be difficult in the first weeks of pregnancy, with "morning sickness" or nausea causing havoc with your usual diet, but try as much as possible to find foods that you can still eat. You say you are drinking lots of water, which is great, so keep that up even if it doesn't seem to be making any difference now.

Are you doing any exercise? It is important to keep active to help your gastrointestinal tract. It doesn't need to be a lot of exercise, just a half hour walk a day is sufficient to make a difference. Please note that if you haven't been exercising previously check with your doctor about what is safe for you to start during pregnancy.

A probiotic supplement may help to regulate your constipation, although this is often a very individual response, i.e. a supplement that helps one person with constipation may not assist another at all, so you may need to try a few different products, with different strains of probiotics in them, until you find one that helps you personally. A few suggestions of locally available probiotics to try are Lp299V or Reuterina.

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Posted by: S | 2010/05/04

Hi. I took Movicol sachets during pregnancy and still do. Available from chemist - the only thing that worked for me!!

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Posted by: Probiotics expert | 2010/02/23

Dear Bronwen

Constipation is a very common problem during pregnancy. Firstly you should look at your diet, and ensure that you are eating enough fibre-rich foods such as fruit and vegetables (at least 5 servings a day) and whole-grain cereals. This can be difficult in the first weeks of pregnancy, with "morning sickness" or nausea causing havoc with your usual diet, but try as much as possible to find foods that you can still eat. You say you are drinking lots of water, which is great, so keep that up even if it doesn't seem to be making any difference now.

Are you doing any exercise? It is important to keep active to help your gastrointestinal tract. It doesn't need to be a lot of exercise, just a half hour walk a day is sufficient to make a difference. Please note that if you haven't been exercising previously check with your doctor about what is safe for you to start during pregnancy.

A probiotic supplement may help to regulate your constipation, although this is often a very individual response, i.e. a supplement that helps one person with constipation may not assist another at all, so you may need to try a few different products, with different strains of probiotics in them, until you find one that helps you personally. A few suggestions of locally available probiotics to try are Lp299V or Reuterina.

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