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Constipation during Pregnancy

16 Mar
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Constipation is a typical, uncomfortable symptom of pregnancy. But, you can adjust your way of life clearly, and uncomplicatedly to get relief. Also, your doctor may suggest medicines that could be useful. Once you give birth, your symptoms will often go away automatically.

When does pregnancy-related constipation begin?

 After your body starts producing more hormones to support your pregnancy, you can start to experience constipation. As early as the second or third month of your first trimester, changes might take place.

Causes of Constipation during Pregnancy

  • The pregnancy hormone progesterone slows down the passage of food through the digestive tract.
  • Changes in your diet due to nausea in early pregnancy are reasons for constipation.
  • The pressure of the growing fetus on your rectum (the last stop in your bowels where stool collects until it's ready to pass) in late pregnancy is a reason for constipation.
  • Iron supplements to prevent and treat anemia in pregnancy can also cause constipation. (Talk to your doctor about this, and they can recommend a different brand of supplement that might be a better fit for you.)

Symptoms of Constipation during Pregnancy

  • Able to poop only a few times every week
  • lower abdominal pain
  • Bad breath: During pregnancy, if a pregnant woman has trouble with bad breath in the morning, then it can be a symptom of constipation.
  • rectal bleeding
  • Loss of appetite: Loss of appetite in women during pregnancy can also be a sign of constipation.
  • Stomach hardening: The stomach becomes hard when food gets collected in the intestines.
  • Flatulence

When Constipation in Pregnancy can be Serious?

  • Hemorrhoids (piles) are swollen or enlarged veins around your anus and back passage. These can be painful, itchy, and uncomfortable. Blood can also come from these. Hemorrhoids usually shrink within a few weeks after the baby's birth and do not cause any problems.
  • Anal Fissure: A tear in the skin around the anus. Having a particularly hard or large bowel movement can result in a fissure. The anal fissure heals within a few weeks. However, persistent problems with constipation can affect the healing time of the fissure. Also, the chances of it happening again also increase.


How to avoid constipation in pregnancy?

  • Instead of eating a full meal at one go, eat small meals many times.
  • Include more fruits and green vegetables in your diet.
  • Avoid rice and its products.
  • Do not eat fried things and do not eat things made of white flour.
  • Do not lie down immediately after eating food.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Do not drink coffee and caffeinated beverages.
  • Don't take the stress.
  • Do yoga & exercises every morning. Dream Child App Can guide you for this morning routine.
  • Walk for a while after 2 hours of eating food.
  • Do not take any type of pills or tonics yourself.
  • Do check with the doctor.

Prefer Ayurvedic Remedies advised by professionals.

Disclaimer: This blog is correct as per the writer’s knowledge. This is not a medical guidance. Follow as you are responsible for.

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