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Digestive Discomfort Constipation During Your Pregnancy

Digestive Discomfort Constipation During Your Pregnancy

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As you begin your third week of pregnancy, you are likely to go through bouts of constipation. Don’t worry, this is one of the most common symptom that appears in an expecting mother. The reasons for constipation in pregnancy can mainly be attributed to various physiological changes taking place in the mother’s body. The other reasons are also associated to an altered lifestyle patterns.

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Some of them are as discussed below:

Delayed digestion: As a high level of progesterone hormone is released in the body during pregnancy, it affects the gastro-intestinal activity and slows down the process of digestion and excretion, leading to constipation. The growing uterus also exerts pressure on the intestine that further makes the system sluggish, thus contributing to constipation.

Growing demands of water: As the baby in the womb develops, her own need of water arises.  To fulfill the demands of the baby, fluids from the mother’s body are passed on to the baby, creating fluid deficiency in mothers.  One of the functions of water in the body is to soften the stool. This lack of fluid can make stool harder and more difficult to eliminate.

Improper diet: During the first trimester of pregnancy, expecting mothers tend to lack proper and balanced diet since they may lose taste of certain food or due to morning sickness. This may also cause constipation.

Inactive lifestyle: Another reason for pregnancy-related-constipation is that many mothers start leading a sluggish lifestyle. They stop doing much work and become sedentary.  This not only makes you constipated but also reduces the chances of normal delivery.

Stress: Stress and tension are also some factors that contribute to constipation. It is highly advisable to avoid such situations during pregnancy.

Iron supplements: During this period, chances are that your doctor is going to prescribe you iron supplements. These make you prone to constipation. Moreover, you are more susceptible to constipation if you had this problem during the pre-pregnancy days.

Remedial steps to prevent constipation.

Stay hydrated: Drinking lots of water and increasing your fluid intake can help make your bowel movements more frequent and less hard to pass. Be sure to get 8-10 glasses (up to 2 litres) of water every day. You are going to have fewer problems with constipation.Try to start your day with a glass or two of warm water.Always keep your body well hydrated, as during pregnancy, you need to fulfill yours and your baby’s fluid requirements. Apart from water, other fluids like fruit and vegetable juices, especially, buttermilk, soups, coconut water, nimbu paani, aam ka panna , kokum sherbet etc. are helpful in preventing you from getting constipated.

Add fibre to diet: Fibre has an important role to play in the body. It helps in giving bulk to your stool and thus, ease elimination. The natural sources of fibre are found in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and pulses. These help your bowel movements loosen up and stay regular. Include as much fibre as possible, increasing them gradually in your diet.  Eat a balanced diet which is rich in fibre and support it by enough intake of fluids.

Exercise: It is known to stimulate the intestinal muscles thus facilitating digestion and alleviating constipation. Include exercise in your daily regime with the advice of your doctor. Exercising also helps you maintain good health and improves chances of normal delivery. You can safely include swimming and walking as your normal routine, unless advised adversely.

Avoid stress: Stay away from stress and tension as much as possible. Try out some relaxation means, like meditation. These not only make you relieved but are also beneficial for the baby’s growth.

Including these tips in your diet and lifestyle can help you avoid the discomfort of constipation. Follow them along with advice from your doctor to help your body maintain a healthy digestive system.

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