The major side effect of pregnancy one can consider is constipation. It occurs due to the usual slowness of the digestive tract.
Almost 80% of expecting women experience a problem that is connected to their bowel movement at some point in time during pregnancies.
If you have already experienced your first pregnancy and childbirth before, you may have an idea how it feels like to be constipated in the course of pregnancy! When constipation hits the very first time, particularly if you are never constipated before pregnancy, it sounds like an awkward problem.
But if unnoticed, it can be much worse than that. Pregnancy hormones might cause swelling the veins around the Anus to, which are commonly called as Piles. Some women feel terrible pain within their anus due to severe straining and tough stools.
So if you are expectant mum and constipation has just started to trouble you, it’s perfect time to make some changes to your daily routine.
- Fibre Filled Diet: Add as much fibre as you can to your regular diet. Try to consume whole meal cereals, loads of fresh fruits and nutritious veggies. Fresh fruit juices are brilliant sources of water and fibre. It has been said that Prune juice is very good for getting rid of constipation.
- Enough Fluid Intake: Intake lots of fluids. Drink at least 2-3 liters of water in a day. Though fibre rich diet works, it may not as useful unless you drink sufficient water to make it heavier. Even, consuming more fibre without adequate volumes of water can make it worse.
- The Final Call: Don’t overlook your body’s call for bowel clearing. Whenever you feel the urge, pass stools. Avoiding a natural urge might make constipation worse.
- Go Slow: Take your time and relax. If it doesn’t happen, try after some time but it’s recommended not to ever strain to push a hard stool out.
- ‘Not-to-eat’ list: Avoid tea, coffee, alcohol, and colas’ as they take away enough water from your body. Stop having fast or oily junk food, white bread, cakes, and rich creamy pastries too.
- Regular Exercise: The best option is that you do exercise regularly. Try to practice pelvic floor workouts to increase blood circulation in both rectum and anus. Just make it a part of your regular routine. Walking, swimming, yoga are all amazing ways of exercising at the time of pregnancy.
- Your Sleeping Habit: Try to sleep on time and wake up early. Generally, bowel movement is most active when it’s early morning. Late sleeping in the morning can make your bowels inactive.
- Follow Expert Advice: If you feel that your constipation is happening due to Iron supplements, then don’t forget to inform your doctor or expert so that the prescription or dosage can be modified.