Constipation during Pregnancy

Constipation is a very common during pregnancy. It results in abdominal discomfort and pain. Women may also experience passage of infrequent and hard stools.

Reasons

• Constipation is majorly contributed to the pregnancy hormones. These hormones relax the intestinal muscles. As the pregnancy advances, women experience increased pressure of the growing uterus on intestines. This results in digested food to move slowly inside the intestines and leads to constipation.

• Diet also contributes to constipation. Changes in diet of a woman due to morning sickness may lead to constipation.

• Women are prescribed iron supplements. This leads to constipation and hard stools.

How to Reduce Constipation

Diet

Include greater amount of fibre such as fresh vegetable and fruits such as apple, guava, wholegrain bread, and a huge range of cereals and pulses. You need to consume at least 25 grams of dietary fibre on a daily basis.

Fluids

Drink a lot of water, lemonade, orange juice, ginger ale, coconut water and buttermilk to relieve constipation.

No Beverages

Strictly avoid sodas, colas, tea and coffee. A

Stay Active

Focus on staying active and indulge in light activities such as walking will work the intestines as they stimulate the bowels.

Constipation is not a major problem for a pregnant woman. It is may cause some abdominal discomfort and inconvenience. Speak to your gynaecologist if you experience excess problems.

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