Constipation during pregnancy can make you feel bloated. It can also cause pain. In this article, I will talk about some of the options available to you.
Many pregnant women want to know how they can be relieved of constipation as about half of all women experience constipation during pregnancy.
How does constipation during pregnancy occur? When a woman is pregnant, her body produces the hormone progesterone which has a relaxing effect on the intestines. It slows down bowel movement, thus causing constipation during pregnancy. Constipation is one of the signs of early pregnancy.
The child’s proper growth will need a lot of minerals and nutrients. This, however, leads to an increase in the level of hormones in a woman. The problem with this is that with an increase in hormones comes difficulty of movement of food through the intestines resulting in constipation. The only good thing about this is that it gives the body more time to absorb more nutrients.
Pregnant women also need extra water for the extra volume of blood to be made during pregnancy. This means that women will absorb more water from the intestines than when they were not yet pregnant. This leads to harder and drier defecation which is constipation.
The longer the food remains in the intestines, the more water is absorbed from the gut into your body to help with the extra blood needed during pregnancy. Most, if not all vitamins, contain iron which is also known to cause constipation during pregnancy. Huge weight gain during pregnancy can also lead to constipation. The average weight gain during pregnancy is around 20-30 pounds, try to stay within the 15 pound range.
How then will you relieve yourself of constipation? It is recommended that you drink 8-10 glasses of water a day. It is also necessary to increase the amount of fiber in your diet with things like beans, cereals, bran, and Brussels sprouts. If you would like to find a lot of other foods that are good sources of fiber, do some researching.
You also need to eat more vegetables and fresh fruits and vegetables like prunes, especially to help with constipation, and these can be eaten raw; you can also drink prune juice. Mint tea can be used to help lessen the pain and the swelling. I would also recommend reducing stress as this is a known cause of constipation.
Ask your doctor for advice on what he has. If you have any questions about your pregnancy, he’ll be more than happy to help put your mind at rest.