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We’re Growing! Now let’s get real, Part 3

In Personal on November 18, 2018 at 9:59 am

Part 1: Morning Sickness

Part 2: Cravings & Aversions

So here’s the thing – the ugly honest truth – not being able to eat might not be the worst thing right now, since there’s a 50/50 chance that you won’t be going to the bathroom successfully anyways…

Digestion and…constipation

This was probably the first symptom I had, before I even realized I was pregnant. No test yet, no realization that my period was late, no sickness – just awful, terrible heartburn nonstop that refused to be treated by any method known to man.

Second was the opposite end. It’s not a pretty subject, but I figure I might as well do away with embarrassment and being self-conscious since all my boys and pieces will be poked and prodded endlessly through this pregnancy and delivery. Everything you manage to eat will collect in your gut for days and refuse to digest or pass.

Like, days…

And guess what? A lot of these OTC meds you may have on hand already aren’t recommended for pregnant ladies. So what does the internet offer? “Drink lots of fluids.” Check! I’m constantly thirsty even when not pregnant, but it’s gotten even more extreme. So I increased it even more, and quite possibly came the closest in history to drowning myself internally with the high amounts of urine my body was creating only around every 10 minutes. Still no changes in the bowel department.

“Try a natural solution, like prunes.” Sweet baby Jesus, prunes… I’d almost rather stay constipated than have to force feed myself another one of those things! And it only slightly helped get my guts rolling again.

Silver lining: yeah, this is going to be a stretch. It’s hard to find a silver lining in being perpetually bloated and gassy and burping fire every second of (almost) every day.

BUT-

It does mean that your body is responding as needed to prep for growing a tiny human and allowing all nutrients to slowly be absorbed so there is the greatest benefit for baby. It means that the muscles are relaxing to allow room and the spreading of the body structure so labor doesn’t rip you in half.

While I can’t say there’s an overall solution, there are things that help. Some people have to get help from their doctor and prescriptions, some people use certain over-the-counter powders mixed into juice daily. I found that I can mostly manage my digestion by always having ice cold water in hand to sip on and eating an extra serving of fruit each day – a sandwich bag of grapes has been my most successful and yummy treatment so far.

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