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Pregnant, constipation, taking prune juice, stomach cramps. Any harm to baby? Suggestions?

Hi I'm 23 weeks pregnant and am experiencing constipation lately, even though I have made extra efforts to take more fibrous food and fruits everyday. I tried taking some prune juice (added a small amount in my banana + blueberries smoothie) in the morning and then in the middle of the night I started moving my bowels. However, I haven't stopped going to the toilet since and I'm beginning to get worried. I'm experiencing stomach cramps the whole day and they get worse every time I had to go to the toilet again. Will this harm my baby? How can I stop the cramps and going to the toilet?
Asked On : Thu, 2 May 2013
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Hello, I would be happy to help you with your question.

It sounds like your efforts to improve your constipation have been too effective. In the setting of excess bowel movements (I am assuming diarrhea based on what you have said) hydration is critical. I would stop taking prune juice and move away from the liquid supplements to your diet. You can buy medication over-the-counter for diarrhea (often called Immodium), but it might be worth running this by your OB/GYN given the critical gestational age of 23 weeks. It might be worth evaluation to make sure that your are not in labor.

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Answered: Sun, 5 May 2013
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