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Constipation During Pregnancy

Posted By Gyno-Blog

October 10, 2019

If you are pregnant, you would be probably experiencing the below:

🔺  Infrequent bowel movements
🔺  Abdominal pain
🔺  The passage of hard stools

These are the three familiar signs of constipation.

Reasons for constipation

▪   Hormonal changes
An increase in the progesterone hormone levels during pregnancy causes the relaxation of your body’s muscles including your intestines. And slower moving intestines means slower digestion.

▪   Pressure on the womb
The pressure exerted by the growing baby.

▪   The iron in prenatal vitamins
The iron content in the prenatal vitamins given by the doctor can make you constipated.

Things that help

👉🏻   A high-fiber diet helps to prevent constipation. It also supplies vitamins and antioxidants to the pregnant women

👉🏻   Try to consume 25 to 30 grams of dietary fiber each day to stay healthy.

👉🏻  Drink plenty of water. This will help keep your bowels soft.

👉🏻  Try breaking up your daily food intake into smaller meals to help with constipation relief.

👉🏻  Regular physical activity can help reduce constipation as exercise stimulates your bowels.

Check with your doctor about food that reduces constipation and also the exercises that are safe for you and your baby.

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