4 secrets to avoid constipation during pregnancy that you did not know
Constipation is quite common during pregnancy. In fact, it affects 1 in 10 pregnant women. There are two main reasons for this. The first cause is the effect of the pregnancy hormone: progesterone. It slows the passage of food through the intestines. Secondly, it is caused by the growing baby’s pressure on the intestines that further slowdown the passage of food. To worsen the situation, the stress caused by constipation could lead to the development of haemorrhoids. Fortunately, solutions exist to relieve constipation in pregnant women. Here are the 4 tips to relieve your constipation.
1) Eat high fibre foods
It is the best method to prevent and relieve constipation. Fibre contains water and helps food to pass easily through the gut. Good sources of fibre include; Vegetables, fruits, salads, cereals, beans.
2) Drink a lot of water
This is very easy. The reason you get constipation in the first place is probably because you do not drink enough fluids. It is recommended to drink at least 2.5 litres of water a day so, that is6 to 8 glasses of water a day.
Exercise helps your intestines move food better and faster. These excises include; Walking, jogging, swimming, yoga or just maintaining an active lifestyle. Aim to exercise at least 3 times a week for at least 30 minutes.
4) Avoid constipating foods
Foods that promote constipation should be avoided. These include, but are not limited to, bananas, plantains, junk food.
If these lifestyle changes are not working for you, ask your doctor or contact us at 8566. There are several medications that could be used to relieve constipation.