Constipation During pregnancy can cause bloating, pain and even pre term labor. Approximately half of all pregnant women experience constipation to some degree from mild to severe. So if you are pregnant and suffering then read on to see what your options are.
Pregnancy hormone progesterone has a relaxing effect on the intestine and this in itself slows down the movement of the bowel. The growing fetus needs a lot of vitamins, minerals and nutrients as possible. Therefore the increasing hormone levels of a pregnant woman cause food to move slower through the intestine and as a result constipation happens as this is nature's way of making sure the growing baby is given an opportunity to absorb extra nutrients.
Pregnant women need extra water for the extra blood volume required during pregnancy. Therefore pregnant women absorb more water from the bowels resulting in harder dryer bowel movements. The longer food stays in the intestines, the more water is reabsorbed from the bowel.
Most prenatal vitamins contain supplements and iron is a natural constipating nutritional supplement. As your baby grows, every organ in your abdomen has to move out of its normal position to accommodate the growth and expansion of your womb.
The intestines can become squashed, and may not be able to contract in its normal manner as it pushes its contents through loops of bowel. If you ever had abdominal surgery or a previous cesarean section you may have a lot of adhesions in your abdominal cavity which restrict the bowels ability to move into a more comfortable position, this can cause extra gas pains and constipation during pregnancy.
• Drink at least 12 glasses of good quality purified water daily.
• Increase fiber in your diet such as whole grains, brown rice.
• Eat more fresh fruit and vegetables.
• Prunes fresh, dried or juiced.
• Peppermint tea or peppermint water can help with gas or bloating pains.
• Try to reduce stress in your life as stress cause constipation.
• You may have to switch you pre natal vitamins over to a different brand even though they all have iron, some brands may be less pregnancy constipating to you than others.
• Add a little more exercise to your daily routine. If you do not normally exercise then start with 10-15 minutes walking every day. If you routinely exercise change your exercise routine slightly to stimulate bowel activity.
• Consult with a homeopath for a pregnancy safe homeopathy remedy for constipation.
• Avoid over-the-counter laxatives as they can stimulate uterine contractions resulting in miscarriage or pre term labor.
Many pregnant clients have experienced a constipation free pregnancy by understanding the normal physiology of pregnancy and implementing constipation prevention. The more educated you are about the minor, and major symptoms associated with pregnancy then the more steps you can take for prevention. Constipation during pregnancy is definitely preventable and easy to correct.
Pregnancy can be an extraordinary experience for a woman. It is far more than growing a baby and dealing with issues like constipation. Pregnancy has a huge emotional, mental, spiritual, and energetic side to it. The more you understand these aspects, the easier and less symptomatic your pregnancy will be. Learning how to connect with the emotions of your unborn child, will allow you to enhance your pregnancy experience and surrender to its normal physiological process like constipation during pregnancy. Learn how to have a less symptomatic pregnancy by balancing your energy. Read More...
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