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Pregnant. Taking calcium tablets. Constipation.Suggest? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 23-Aug-2013
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Doctor:How can I help you?
User:hello doctor...good morning
User:actually i wanted to speak to a gynaecologist.
User:i m expecting my 2nd baby
User:and just completed my third month
User:so doctor has added some haem up tabs and calcium tablets
User:i m going through too much constipation daily
Doctor:I am general physician and can help you within my expertise. If needed, I shall suggest you an option to discuss with gynecologist.
Doctor:May I know the type of food you are taking?
User:will there be any problem if i put immense pressure to my stomach?
Doctor:Constipation and excessive straining can cause detrimental effects if pregnancy is a high risk one.
User:boiled potato as daily food with rice.
Doctor:Therefore we suggest all pregnant women not to strain excessively.
Doctor:Constipation is part of pregnancy. This occurs due to changes in hormones.
User:so what are the foods i should avoid?
Doctor:Lack of good fibres and lack of sufficient water can worsen constipation.
User:i see
User:i use to take warm water early morning
User:i get tendency but then constipation starts
User:milk do not suit me doctor
Doctor:Boiled potatoes is not an excellent choice in view of you having constipation.
Doctor:They are very starchy and can lead to constipation.
Doctor:Perhaps you having constipation is effects of too much potatoes and pregnancy.
Doctor:Drink plenty of water during the day - at least 8 glasses of water.
Doctor:You may have increased urination; so if you are working then prefer to take water in bulks - say 2-4 glasses while you are at home.
Doctor:And similarly some glasses of water at night.
User:can u pls suggest few food items that i can include in my daily lunch and dinner
Doctor:Eat high fibre diet such as whole grains and cereals; whole grain bread if you wish.
Doctor:Oats are fibre . This is an useful product too.
Doctor:Include lots of fruits and vegetables. Prefer to take mixture of fruits and vegetables - rather than single fruit/vegetables.
User:what vegetables to avoid
Doctor:Try morning walk. Yoga if you are doing it.
Doctor:There are no restrictions amongst food. If they are well cooked, they can be taken.
Doctor:Avoid raw fruits and vegetables. Limit the amount of sea foods.
Doctor:And as I said, mixture of fruits and vegetables is better than consuming a single one in large quantities.
Doctor:This includes potatoes too. You need not avoid it, but take it in moderation with other fruits and vegetables.
Doctor:If you feel you need to strain too hard, consult your gynecologist. She can write a prescription for stool softener for a few days, until you replan diet and exercise.
Doctor:With these few changes, you should be able to feel better.
Doctor:Have you followed?
Doctor:Do you have any other query?
User:no doc thank u very much
User:i will follow wat u said
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor:Bye for now.
User:bye doc
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