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Do you find yourself questioning the normalcy of your bowel movements? Are they looser than normal? Not having any for days? These are normal, frequently asked questions and can tell a story about your diet and health.  It just goes to show, what you put in will come out! Questions to ask yourself:

Loose stools – are you on a liquid diet? (only liquid in, then only liquid out is normal) Are you still having them 5 weeks or further out from surgery? Are there any other symptoms?

Here is what you can do:

  • Switch out milky proteins for alternative protein (call dietitian for list if needed)
  • Eat slowly, taking about 20mins to eat, and CHEW, CHEW, CHEW (see patient handbook)
  • No drinking with meals
  • Avoid any high sugar/fatty/spicy foods
  • Limit sugar alcohols as they can cause cramping/sweats/dumping syndrome
  • Probiotics (Bariatric Fusion and Bariatric Advantage sold online)

Constipation – are you still on pain medication? Are you consuming solid foods? What is your fiber intake? Are you drinking at LEAST 64oz of fluid? Are you exercising?

Here is what you can do:

  • Probiotics – Bariatric Fusion and Bariatric Advantage sold online
  • Milk of Magnesia – 1 time at night, 30-60mL with 8oz of water until stool loosens
  • MiraLAX – Twice a day until regulated then 1 time a day with plenty of water
  • Colace – 50-300mg a day with water

*NO Senna, Milk of Magnesia and other stimulant laxatives are not for long term use

Other GI related issues:

Bloating/vomiting/nausea –

  • Bright red/dark brown blood seek medical attention asap
  • Chew, chew, chew – make sure foods have moisture in them and no drinking with meals
  • To relieve symptoms, return to liquid diet 1-2 days then reintroduce soft foods
  • Stop eating when comfortably full, but make sure you are eating enough!

Please read your patient handbook for more information.

**If you are having any other symptoms like pain that radiates to another part of the body, fever, worsening heartburn or reflux, or trouble swallowing, please call our office.  Our dietitians always welcome calls if you are in need of further diet recommendations.

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