Saturday, February 13, 2010

What is this new hell...

OK that title is a tiny bit dramatic. I think I either have an upset stomach of the non pregnant variety or this is what it feels like for the uterus to stretch. Either way, feel yukky. Like a rumbling crampiness - not all the time. But every so often I feel like I have to get to the loo then ... nada. Is this constipation!! I don't think I've ever had it before?? Well, wouldn't that be embarrassing. Yes, Eb, that is constipation!

So I have been told to take extra Iron and Folic Acid. Can anyone tell me which Iron is the best to take? I heard that iron supplements can make you all bunged up and give you a wicked stomach ache. Any help would be lovely, thank you. I already take Prenatal Elite but I am guessing it has only a singleton measure. Oh I think Dr Google shall have to be consulted.

Have a great weekend y'all.


  1. Ah yes, the lovely constipation. I have no iron advice but it absolutely does "bung you up". I recommend taking fiber tablets (I like Fiber Choice which are chewable, ONLY the orange flavor the rest are icky). Also Raisin Bran has WAY more fiber than any other decent tasting cereal, like 8g; there are many others with as much or more but I think they taste like sawdust.

    Good luck getting things moving...

  2. I always took Feosol per my doc's recomendation. you can get it at Wal-mart.

  3. The consipation can be a pain in the .....well, you know. And iron will definitely make it worse. Jill had some good suggestions. I don't know about Feosol. Once you are in your second tri, I think you can begin taking a stool softener (ask your doc). I actually skip some days of prenatal vits because of this very problem. Be sure you're drinking plenty of water and try eating fruits too.

  4. Oh, by the way, iron tends to increase constipation, so increase your fruit intake a lot to help keep things moving! Good luck. Glad you enjoyed a flavorful meal.
    Melissa in Durham (some random chick who found your blog and wishes you all the best)

  5. If you're really in need of iron, I would suggest getting an infusion of Venofer (iron sucrose). No GI effects and it's immediately in your system. I don't know if you can do it while preggers tho...but any hematologist could tell you?

    Congrats on your successes!