Constipation during pregnancy is a common problem which is found in approx. 50% of pregnant women. Hormonal changes and a side-effect of medicines are the major causes. Here we are with some of the home remedies for constipation during pregnancy that can keep you away from this problem in this tenure. Before we go to remedies we need to know the cause in depth. So here is a snapshot!
The major reason is, during pregnancy the progesterone hormone level elevates which makes the smooth muscles relaxed inside the intestine. For this reason, the food and waste material inside intestine makes a slow movement in passage to other organs in the system. This enhances water absorption in the bowel which results in constipation.
Moreover, the uterus expands in size during the second trimester which exerts pressure on other organs in the abdominal region. Intestine comes under huge pressure by expanded and heavy uterus which distracts the movement of food and waste materials. Rectum is also affected by it.
All pregnant women are given iron tablets which stimulate the factor of constipation. Also, some other drugs, medicines and changed food habits play a vital role.
Now, we will discuss some of the effective home remedies for constipation during pregnancy.
Higher intake of fluid is very important for everybody and especially for those who are pregnant. Every day take 6 to 8 glass of water to keep the body hydrated. A properly hydrated body has a lesser chance of constipation.
You can do some prenatal yoga or exercise or walk for stimulating intestine in moving bowels. Walking or freehand exercise, at least thrice a week is important. But take permission from a doctor for the same. And don’t try it if you have any complications.
Take natural iron supplements foods so that your doctor can reduce iron tablet dosage.
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Never take any constipation or laxative pills to get relief from constipation. As such pills make urine contraction which may lead to dehydration. You also should not have any mineral oil rich food as it reduces absorption of nutrition. Do not have spicy and oily food as it has a natural tendency to harden the bowel movement.
Last but not least, relax and be stress free as much as you can, eat well and have lots of green vegetables, fruits and don’t overwork. Increase your intake of water and juices than normal and off course do exercise, keep the movement on that will not only help in reliving constipation but a smoother delivery as well.
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