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Pregnant. Cramps, nausea. Can I take stool softeners for constipation?

Hi. I m roughly 7 weeks pregnant and experiencing BAD cramps . I don t know if their normal, but sometimes I have to completely stop what I m doing and just cry, that s how bad and sudden the cramps come on. I constantly feel nauseous, but hardly ever actually get sick. And if I do get sick, it s what I just ate. Keeping food down is such a challenge. I m constipated, so another question is can I take stool softners while pregnant? I scare myself into researching miscarriages, and now I m terrified I m having one or already did and just don t know it yet. Am I gonna have to wait till I can hear the heartbeat to know if I did miscarry or not? Or would I start a period? Another thing is how weak I feel. I can t stand up for more than 20 minutes without my knees feeling like their gonna give out and my calves cramping. Is any of this normal? Should I be in this much pain??
Asked On : Sat, 12 Jan 2013
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Firstly, you should stop worrying unnecessarily. Pregnancy is a natural process, it is not a disease. You are lucky that you do not have that severe morning sickness which so many others have at this stage. You should consult your doctor and get advice regarding your cramps; they could be the usual ones as the uterus enlarges or caused by your constipation. Weakness is a normal part of pregnancy, especially, in early stages.Stool softeners are not advisable in pregnancy as they tend to cause uterine irritability. Do not research yourself as this is going to adversely affect your baby. Instead go for some book reading on baby care. Please get further instructions from your doctor. Take care.
Answered: Sun, 13 Jan 2013
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