Constipation during pregnancy- 5 tips for relief

Constipation during pregnancy

If you are getting worried due to a sudden constipation then relax! There is nothing to worry about. About half of the pregnant women get constipated at some time during their pregnancy. The cause for this is the hormonal changes that take place in your body. There is an increase in hormone progesterone that relaxes smooth muscles throughout the body, including the digestive tract. Therefore the food passes more slowly through the intestine. High intake of iron doses can make constipation worse.

Here are few things that will help you relieve constipation during pregnancy: 
  1. High fibre foods: Eat foods which are rich in fiber such as cereal and breads. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables too.
  2. Water= best friend: Consume at least 1 litre of water daily along with other beverages like juices and probiotic drinks (try sipping something at small intervals until your urine is clear or pale yellow in color. This is a sign of hydration.) Taking a glass of fresh juice will be great. Try cutting out on liquids like tea and coffee, this can dehydrate you.
  3. Exercise exercise exercise: Walking regularly and doing regular exercises can ease constipation and make you more fit and healthy. Practicing yoga can also help you ease constipation.  
  4. Change your prenatal vitamins: If your prenatal vitamins contain iron in large amount, ask your doctor to give you vitamins with less iron in it.
  5. Listen to your body: You are more likely to have active bowels after your meals. Do not delay your trip to washroom when to get the urge to go.

A lot of women put up a question about whether constipation becomes severe or not, but if you are having severe constipation accompanied by abdominal pain and diarrhea then this can be because of some other problem. In this case, talk to your doctor for advice. In most everything gets normal after the baby is born.

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