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All Backed Up and Wishing I Could Go…

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It’s time to buy stock in Sunkist Prunes and Phillips Capsules. I’m more backed up than a one-lane road in rush hour and I now fully grasp where hemorrhoids come from. I drink 90 ounces of water per day, eat at least 3 pieces of whole fruit, and consume more than 4 servings of whole grains. I’m not sure what else I can do. It took me an hour to write this entry because I had several, “This might be it” moments. I can assure you they were all false alarms and I’m starting to think I’ll be constipated for the next 220-something days.

I really thought, that if there were any symptom I would be immune to, it would surely be constipation. My diet regime has served me well in keeping me fit and, well, regular. I subscribe to the school of thought that exercise can fix anything. At least I did — two 30 minute walks a day haven’t done a thing to move me along. Oh well. I can’t complain. I’ve been lucky in other areas. I’ve had very few bouts of nausea. I’m still eating foods cooked with garlic and onion (and enjoying them). No aversions, heartburn or indigestion. Reading public pregnancy chat boards, I’m fortunate and I don’t forget that for a second.

So what is going on aside from the aforementioned? Well, I’m exhausted. I struggle to get out of bed in the morning and by noon I want to see out a locked office and nap under a desk. My breasts are tender. And I can be an emotional wreck one second and calm, cool, composed the next. My sister-in-law and brother sent us a beautiful card and little baby booties. I started to cry before I even read the card.

On another note, seeing the little booties made this pregnancy a little more real. We put them in the bedroom that’s soon to become the nursery. They look really out of place among the office furniture. It’s hard to imagine that in 7 months that room will be transformed from the place we store our junk to the place where we watch our baby sleep.

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3 Responses to “All Backed Up and Wishing I Could Go…”

  1. Bonnie Petrie Bonnie Petrie Says:

    Aw, honey…I’m sorry! It’s horrible, isn’t it?

    It’s also totally normal.

    No fair!

    The hormone that is making you cry and sleep a lot is also contributing to your…er…um…backup.

    Progesterone slows down intestinal function so you can get the most out of the foods you eat. Also, as things rearrange themselves in there, and your uterus takes up more space, your bowel is all…”Hey, wait a minute! How do I work, again? I need my space!”

    You’re doing all the right things. Activity. Fiber. Water water water. I added prune juice, and actually grew to like it. A bag of organic turkish apricots may be more effective than you would like!

    You can also talk to your doc about trying something like colace to…um…soften things up. Here are the doses of various constipation rememdies generally thought to be safe in pregnancy…

    Docusate (Colace) : 100 mg twice a day

    Metamucil : 1-2 teaspoon with 8 oz juice or water

    Milk of Magnesia – 1-2 Tablespoon every evening

    Do not use mineral oil!!!

    Again…talk to your doc before adding anything like this.

    I hope you’re moving again soon!

    -Bonnie

  2. Amber Amber Says:

    Love your posts! Keep them coming. I’m 22 weeks :)

  3. Emily Emily Says:

    Thanks for the support Amber and Bonnie!




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