How can I Relieve Constipation During Pregnancy?

Nat Robinson

Women frequently experience constipation during pregnancy. Often, the condition is experienced due to a change in the woman's hormones. A change in certain hormone levels can cause the muscles in the intestines to relax. This may cause food to be absorbed at a slower rate through the digestive system and cause constipation. Additionally, constipation may be caused by the growing baby inside of the uterus pressing on the mother's intestines.

Eating salads and fruit during pregnancy will help to alleviate constipation.
Eating salads and fruit during pregnancy will help to alleviate constipation.

Constipation during pregnancy is generally viewed as an unpleasant experience. It can cause many undesirable symptoms such as abdominal pain, nausea, intestinal cramping and even a fever. Some people will become fatigued and have an overall feeling of sickness or being unwell. The condition can also cause behavioral changes, such as irritability. Many of the symptoms of a normal pregnancy will be exaggerated by constipation, such as experiencing additional pressure and abdominal fullness.

Prunes are excellent natural laxatives.
Prunes are excellent natural laxatives.

A woman may try several different methods to relieve constipation during pregnancy. Drinking generous amounts of water throughout the day can greatly help pregnancy constipation. Some physicians may recommend drinking at least eight full glasses of water per day. The fluids will help soften the stools. This will make having a bowel movement easier and lessen the likeliness of constipation.

A pregnant woman holding her stomach.
A pregnant woman holding her stomach.

Exercising and maintaining a healthy diet are some additional ways to relieve the discomforts of constipation during pregnancy. The movement of exercise may keep the contents of the intestines loose and free to move. Other than to prevent constipation, physical exercise is generally recommended for the overall health benefits for a mom to be. A healthy diet may also bring some relief. This may include eating lots of fresh vegetables, fresh fruits and foods that are high in fiber.

Constipation during pregnancy is generally viewed as an unpleasant experience.
Constipation during pregnancy is generally viewed as an unpleasant experience.

If constipation continues to exist and the symptoms become more severe, an appointment should be made to see a medical professional. Doctors can recommend the best treatment for constipation during pregnancy in a manner that is safe for both the mother and the growing baby. A prescription may be needed to treat constipation in pregnancy. Sometimes, a doctor may prescribe a stool softener for the mother to take. Many stool softeners are available over the counter and may be purchased at a local pharmacy, however, pregnant women should consult with a doctor before taken any new medication, which could potentially pose a risk to her or her unborn child.

Two tablespoons of lemon juice and one teaspoon of honey mixed into a glass of water can help to relieve constipation.
Two tablespoons of lemon juice and one teaspoon of honey mixed into a glass of water can help to relieve constipation.
Constipation during pregnancy is generally viewed as an unpleasant experience.
Constipation during pregnancy is generally viewed as an unpleasant experience.
Regular exercise, like swimming, promotes movement in the intestines and relieves constipation in pregnant women.
Regular exercise, like swimming, promotes movement in the intestines and relieves constipation in pregnant women.
Laxatives can help relieve constipation.
Laxatives can help relieve constipation.
Dietary fiber, like that found in beans, can help with constipation.
Dietary fiber, like that found in beans, can help with constipation.

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