Constipation During Pregnancy

What is Constipation During Pregnancy ?

One of the typical problems that happens most often and keeps repeating itself is constipation during pregnancy. The main reason for constipation is the increase in the hormone progesterone that relaxes the intestinal muscle which causes food and waste to move slower through your system. The problem may be compounded later in pregnancy by the pressure of the expanding uterus on the intestines.

How Can I Relieve or Prevent Constipation During Pregnancy?

Eat rich high fiber diet such us fruits, vegetables, breakfast cereals, whole grain breads, prunes and bran. It is recommended to add a couple of tablespoons of unprocessed wheat bran (available at health food stores) to your cereal in the morning and to drink a glass of water afterward.
Drink at least ten to twelve cups of water a day. In addition, drink a cup of fruit juice every day, especially prune juice. The combination of a high fiber diet and lots of liquids will help you eliminate your waste.
Exercise regularly. Walking, swimming and other moderate exercises will help stimulating your bowels.
Iron supplements may contribute to constipation thus ask your doctor about switching to a supplement with less iron if your iron level is too high. Remember, good nutrition can often meet your iron needs during pregnancy!!
Never put off going to the bathroom when you feel the urge.

Remedies for Constipation During Pregnancy

There are over-the-counter products which may help soften your bowel movements and reduce constipation. Always consult with your health care provider before using any of those remedies (FDA Pregnancy Categories)

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