You wait and wait, days, weeks, and sometimes a month goes by. Still nothing. You feel nauseated and full. Don’t fret! Constipation is an avoidable annoyance that many pregnant women face.
There are many causes. It is combination of hormones, supplements, and the baby itself, which leads to this. During pregnancy, our bodies slow down to absorb the maximum amount of nutrients in order to nourish the growing fetus. Consequently, the first sign of pregnancy is not morning sickness it’s usually constipation. Furthermore, your physician may prescribe iron supplements, aggravating the condition. Later during the pregnancy, the baby blocks the intestine.
First step to treating constipation to ask yourself “Is it really constipation?” Do you strain trying to pass the stool? Has it been longer than four days since your last bowel movement? Is your stool hard and dark? Are you bleeding? If so, you may have this condition.
So how can you remedy the problem.
Exercise daily. A thirty-minute walk or any other low impact exercise is sufficient. This promotes movement in your digestive tract. And gravity helps the contents move downwards.
Eat more fiber. Try eating more cereal. Not only does this provide you with more fiber it provides you with folic acid, necessary for your child’s development. Fruits, vegetables, whole grain breads and grains also will help.
Eat natural laxative foods. Apples, prunes, prune juice are good examples of foods with a laxative effect.
Drink plenty of water. Water also promotes movement and prevents dehydration.
If your symptoms don’t improve or you begin to bleed in your rectal area, it is time to consult your physician. This article does not replace the medical advice.
Remember, do not take a laxative, mineral oil, or fiber supplement without contacting you physician first. In addition, refrain from using devises such as an enema.
As with all symptoms of pregnancy, this shall pass. Meanwhile, stay healthy.
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