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onehipwoman
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I am not sure if this is in the wrong thread. I apoligize in advance if it is. Okay. Here is my deal.

I do believe I am constipated. I just cant poop. But I was wondering if that would make me get stomache aches and headaches?

I don't know why I would be constipated, I really haven't ever been before. What exactly makes a person constipated? My mom seems to think I am not eating right, and said to eay 'grain-y' foods to help.. would that help? And if it is all about what I eay, what should I stay away from and eat more of?


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Atticus Girl
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I've heard that foods rich in fibers help you poop. . .have you tried x-lax? That helps specifically for your problem.
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jewelgirl1
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Your mother is right. Whole grains and anything with a lot of fiber contains bulk, which basically carries the bowel processes along. Try to stay away from a lot of starch and dairy at this time, if possible.

And you may have to take a laxative if you really can't do it, or see a doctor.


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LilBlueSmurf
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I agree w/ the above comments ... Fiber is key. Fruits and veggies and stuff ... And lots of water!! Exercise can help things along too, even if it's just walking.

Talk to your pharmacist if you're interested in a laxative. Some are much nicer on the gastrointestinal system than others.


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Aquamarine
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Fruits and vegetables have already been indicated. Foods that might be especially helpful include but are not limited to beans (like kidney, pinto, black beans and chickpeas); fruits with the skin on (berries are particularly useful); nuts and seeds; brussels sprouts and carrots. You should try to eat fiber regularly to promote regularity. And drink LOTS of water with meals, especially if your system isn't accustomed to a high fiber intake.

Some people opt for high fiber cereal (>5g fiber per serving). You can buy a fairly inexpensive store version at Trader Joe's. My daily fiber intake is pretty high as it is thanks to fruits and vegetables, so I have no use for it, but my mother swears by high fiber cereal. Gradually switching to less refined versions of grains (i.e. wholemeal bread, whole wheat pasta, and brown rice) also increases fiber intake. Oatmeal is generally 100% whole grain.

Basically, limiting processed foods and replacing them with less refined versions would probably be your best bet, but keep in mind that limiting doesn't mean eliminating Cheese, meat, processed breads, cookies, crackers and chips generally don't do much to help the digestive system.


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on a side note - ive always wondered, if youre pregnant and constipated - is it harmful to the baby if you push/strain?
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LilBlueSmurf
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Nope. While women DO need to use the same muscles to help push the baby out, the uterus does a great deal of the work through contractions. If you're not having contractions AND pushing at the same time, it's not likely you're going to get anywhere.

[This message has been edited by LilBlueSmurf (edited 08-26-2005).]


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quote:
Originally posted by Atticus Girl:
I've heard that foods rich in fibers help you poop. . .have you tried x-lax? That helps specifically for your problem.

Just don't take a sleeping pill on the same night. (You on the following morning if you do -> )

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