Day 51, Constipation

Constipation is a very common problem in Pregnancy

Constipation may take place due to the hormonal changes. The hormone progesterone relaxes the muscles in the body which makes the food to pass through your intestines slowly. Your growing uterus also takes up space in the bowel leading to constipation problems. Some moms may also experience this due to the iron medications. You can always check with your doctor regarding the iron medications and supplements that are prescribed to you and they could suggest alternative.  Iron supplements can also be taken with a glass of orange juice or lemon water which can improve absorption and hence reduce constipation.

There are a few things you can do to help improve the situation.

You could try some natural home remedies like amla or raisins which can help to increase the fibre intake thus easing constipation. Ensure that you include lots of fibre in your diet. Fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains are ideal to help aid digestion. Stay away from refined grains. Also drink plenty of fluids as this will also aid in the digestion process. Exercising or walking is also a great option to help ease bowel movements.  If constipation persists you can speak to your doctor and he/she will prescribe a mild laxative. Moms should however not take laxatives without the guidance of the doctor as this can again result in disturbing the uterus.
Constipation if left untreated can result in piles which are swollen blood vessels in the rectum. It can also cause you to strain while passing motions and this can disturb the uterus as well. Another problem that can happen when trying to pass a hard stool is that the mom is bearing down and this can irritate the uterus. This may lead to pre term contractions or the baby being pushed down early in the third trimester.

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