Dealing With Pregnancy Constipation
Pregnancy constipation is one of the many body changes that women who become pregnant have to deal with. Sometimes it may make you feel bloated and you may find that your stools are like little rabbit pellets or that you have to strain when having a bowel movement.
Pregnant women often have constipation during the time that they are pregnant as well as a little bit after the baby is delivered. This can be complicated by having an episiotomy as well as a caesarean section. in fact, some women that have had a caesarean often find that the temporarily cannot have a bowel movement - this is a problem known as ileus.
Here are some ways to deal with and prevent pregnancy constipation:
1. Exercise every day, even a little bit of light walking can help get things moving around your bowels.
2. Drink lots of fluids, especially water. When you are pregnant the amount of water that is taken out of your intestines and put into bloodstream increases, thus there is less water for your intestines to use in helping with bowel movements. Upping your intake of water will help keep your stools soft and easy to pass.
3. Taking the appropriate vitamins is good but some of these vitamins can cause constipation. Calcium is one of these but of course you need this in a pregnant and studies show that the best ones are those which dissolve easily in vinegar such as Cal citrate and Tums. Avoid any innocents which have aluminum as this will only add to your constipation.
You probably want to stick to the prenatal vitamins which are specially formulated for people who are pregnant and therefore cause less bloating and constipation.
4. Stool softeners may be necessary on the advice of your doctor to help keep things moving in your digestive system.
5. Alternating between hot and cold drinks and food can help stimulate your bowels as well as help you in releasing any pent-up gas. Simply eat ice chips and then drink warm tea alternating between the two.
Pregnancy constipation can be an uncomfortable thing that you have to deal with and it’s important to talk to your doctor if you have any problems. Luckily for most women is usually clears up after delivery.