Constipation in Pregnant Women
Constipation starts as early as progesterone levels rise, around the second to third month of pregnancy. It may become worse as pregnancy progresses and your uterus grows.
Constipation during pregnancy can be caused by due to many reasons like hormonal changes that cause the intestines to move less.
To avoid consitpation during pregnancy you have to make some changes in your regular habits. A healthy eating habits and regular exercise can encourage a speedy digestive system, which prevent constipation during pregnancy.
Drink lots of water about 2 to 3 liters through out the day to prevent constipation and keep your stools moist. A glass of warm water after waking up also helps.
Fiber Rich Foods
To avoid constipation during pregnancy, eat fiber-rich foods like whole grain cereals and breads, brown rice, wheat bran, beans and fresh fruits and vegetables every day. Prunes and prune juice may also help releive constipation.
Exercising regularly helps to keep the intestines moving. 20 to 30 minutes of brisk walking or swimming, riding a stationary bike and yoga helps to ease constipation.
During pregnancy your bowels will be active mostly after meals.Listen to your body and use the bathroom after you eat if needed. Don’t put off til you feel the urge.
If your suggested medications contain large dose of multivitamins, then ask your doctor for switching to a supplement with less iron and calcium.
Avoid caffeinated drink as they are diuretic and the diuretics are dangerous during pregnancy. They compound the problem by causing dehydration.
Probiotics helps to releive constipation in pregnancy. The probiotic acidophilus in yogurts contain active cultures, stimulate the intestinal bacteria to break down food and keep things moving.
Pelvic Floor Exercises
Pelvic Floor exercise can help to avoid constipation during pregnancy. Practising the Pelvic floor exercises regularly can help to keep you regular.