Hi...newbie...severe bloating since having my third child

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   Posted 4/22/2008 5:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,
   I'm new to these boards. Found this site googling my current metophysical issue (lol). I'm a 27yo felmale w/ 3 children. Currently 8 months pp. Since aug. 07 I've been suffering with severe bloating and irregularity. At times my bloating is so bad I look as though I'm still PG. I'm very active physically and have always been thin. My tummy looks disporportional to my body. I've considered laxitives, but also heard they can aggravate bloating and cramping symptoms. I'd really love to have some suggestions. Thank you so much.  Cathy... also still I'm BFing my babe...

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   Posted 4/23/2008 8:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mainemama, welcome to the board! Congratulations with the new kidlet! I'm sorry you are so bloated and uncomfortable. This actually is quite common in post-partum women. My sister is a physician and delivers babies herself, and she just had her second child and is going through the same thing. She's never been irregular her whole life, but after her C-section she got an impaction and hasn't been "regular" since.

My sister takes a dose of Miralax every day, which helps her go more regularly. If you don't want to go the laxative route, you might consider starting a probiotic. These are gut-friendly bacteria preparations designed to reconstitute the normal gut flora. Some brands that people have had success with: Culturelle, Nature's Way Primadophilus, VSL#3, Digestive Advantage...the list goes on and on and if you do a search on this board for "probiotics" you will get more info than you could possibly ever need :)

Sometimes people find that the probiotics cause some initial bloating in the first few days but then things improve. You also might consider taking a fiber supplement like FiberCon, which might help keep things moving along in a timely fashion.

Again, welcome to the board, and I hope you stick around. Are you from Maine? I spent all of my childhood summers there...I want to move there eventually!
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   Posted 4/23/2008 9:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Did you go on birth control after the baby? A number of women on here find that birth control--namely the pill--can interefere with the hormones that also run their bowels, so they end up with worse IBS while on the pill than not on it. Even if you were on the same pill before you decided to have a baby, your hormones change--and often permanently--after having a baby, so what was good before might not be good now. If you are on the pill, you might try switching to another type of pill or something other than a pill and see if that helps.

If it makes you feel any better, my mother used to have cats. Loved cats. After having me, she suddenly became very seriously allergic to them and has been that way for 28 years. She just had to get rid of her cats and learn to live with the allergy. Unfortunately, you may be the same, in that the bloating will not go away on its own and you will have to find ways to MAKE it go away, such as with fiber or probiotics, as Sarita mentioned.

You might also try taking something like Gas-X before you eat and see if that helps any.
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