Build Your Defenses Against Constipation During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is all about discomfort in moving and performing daily activities. Adding to the discomfort is constipation, which is common in women when pregnant

Vani Malik
Written by: Vani MalikPublished at: Jun 27, 2019
Build Your Defenses Against Constipation During Pregnancy

Various studies confirm that constipation affects about half of all women at some point during their pregnancy.  Stress, lack of physical exercise and foods containing low fibre are some factors that, in general, trigger constipation.  But, constipation in pregnant women occurs due to the pressure of the expanding uterus on the intestines. When the intestinal muscle relaxes, it slows down the movement of food and waste in the system.  Then consider the role of prenatal vitamins full of iron deficient in some pregnant women.  Iron can cause constipation and hard black stools. 

Constipation in Pregnancy is Common

Constipation during pregnancy can mainly be uncomfortable.  In the second and third trimesters, it could become a bigger problem due to the pressure exerted by the growing uterus.  Add to this, the prenatal vitamins and one can only imagine what happens. The chances of constipation during pregnancy are more in women who have experienced it previously.  The risk gets enhanced if mother-to-be has a predisposition to it.  

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“It is true that constipation will make you feel awful.  But, it will rarely do anything dangerous. The most severe cases, might result in haemorrhoids and anal fissures caused by pressure on the veins around the rectum,” informs doctor Dr Sharad Malhotra, well-known Gastroenterologist. 

Constipation Defense is a Must

There are plenty of other ways to prevent constipation before it gets to that point.  Defense is the best way to keep constipation away.  You can build your defences against it by following these simple tips: 

  • Consume a fibre-rich diet, which is more in quantity than the usual 
  • Ensure to have more water during pregnancy as dehydration can also lead to constipation. 
  • Moderate physical exercises are a must for pregnant women for a regular bowel movement. Immobility and double intake of food can lead to constipation 

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It is not necessary these remedies should give relief to everyone. So, if the problem remains unresolved, it is better to look at other options in consultation with a doctor.  Some other simple tips to following during pregnancy for constipation are: 

  • The primary medical treatment for constipation is laxative, which makes pooping a more comfortable experience.  But, you should use them only under medical guidance. 
  • Use of gentle laxatives is generally considered safe, but it would better to avoid stimulant laxatives as they can induce uterine contractions.  Many laxatives are available over the counter.  But only your doctor can decide what suits you.
  • Symptoms like nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, constipation lasting over 1 to 2 weeks, bleeding from rectum or absence of relief even after taking preventive measures should not be neglected.  “In this situation, it is better to see a doctor who will be able to help you out.  It is important to remember that this problem can be fixed medically.  So, don’t keep it bottled up.

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