Symptoms and home remedies for constipation during pregnancy

Constipation can easily happen to any one, at any age and cause both painful and frustrating for sufferers. Pregnant women are also at high risk of constipation during her pregnancy because this is the time the mother-to-be see an increase of the hormone progesterone, which is believed to be one of the trigger of irregular bowel movements and other degestive problems.

Moreover, too frequent anxiety, too long inactive condition, and low in fiber diet may contribute to increase the ability of suffering from constipation during baby bearing period.

Common symptoms of constipation during pregnancy

– suddenly decrease the bowel movements (maybe less than three times per week) compared with daily as a normal women.

– go with hard stools that make the pregnant women difficult to go or sometimes cause painful. Consequently, this condition leads to rectal bleeding and hemorrhoids

– have a sensation of blockage in the rectum right after a bowel movement.

– feel of uncomfortable abdomen as the constipation is persistent.

– suffering from diarrhea

Remedies for constipation during pregnancy

As consitpation pregnant sufferers are not at the same health condition as the others, they should take a very careful notice of the disease treatment ensure that not influence both mom and unborn babies. All should have medical intructions and advices when applying any remedies.

What can she do about daily diet?

A good diet play an important role in keeping pregnant’s health. One culprit of constipation is due to the body staying dehydrated (mainly causing hard stools). Therefore, pregnancies should simply drink enough water every day.

Add more high fiber foods to pregnant diet to help the bowel movements be loose and regular. This remedy requires pregnant women to consume more fruits and vegetables which is considered to be rich in fiber. Meanwhile, reduce the quantity of calcium in diet because this source is seen as a trigger of constipation.

How about her daily activities?

Do not stay inactive during the day, exercise can help keeping your bowels move regularly and then make your bowel movements easy and comfortable.

Instead of lazily lying on the bed all day, pregnancies can join in safe exercises including walking, swimming, yoga and other low-impact activity where there is little chance of sprains or accidents.

The ideal time is approximately 20-30 minute exercises every day or two or three times a week. You will see the benefits for not only at that time but for the coming delivery.

What should she do when taking medication if neccessary? 

Sometimes, when diet change or else is not helpful, sufferers have to use medication remedies. Sufferers can take medications like fiber pills and laxatives to help relieve the painful symptoms of constipation. However, in case of pregnancy, not all of these medications are safe or effective. Therefore, please see the doctor or midwife about which are safe for you.


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