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Safe Remedies For Constipation

Safe Remedies For Constipation

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Along with heartburn, nausea and stretch marks, constipation is a very common pregnancy symptom. When you're pregnant, your hormones change, which means your internal organs relax, and increased iron also contributes to constipation. When you're pregnant, you need more iron for the health of you and your baby. Iron contributes to the growth and development of your baby's organs and blood cells, as well as the placenta and umbilical cord. However, all this extra iron can spell constipation for the mom-to-be. Luckily, there are steps you can take to avoid constipation, simply by changing your diet and exercise routine.

Water:  Make sure you're getting enough water to stay hydrated. Dehydration can cause constipation, so flush out your system with at least 8-10 glasses of water per day. Keep a bottle of water beside your bed at all times, and if you're exercising, remember that your body needs even more. If you don't drink enough water, you may end up with hemorrhoids or varicose veins in the rectum, a painful side effect of constipation.

Diet:  Your diet should be rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, including a variety that contains high fiber, such as prunes. Fresh fruits and vegetables will help prevent constipation, as well as whole grains and cereals. Eat lean meats and low fat dairy products, as rich foods may cause constipation. You won't be able to take laxatives during your pregnancy, but you can consume fiber drinks that you can get at your pharmacy. Never use herbal supplements or natural constipation remedies before checking with your doctor.

Exercise:  Regular exercise can stretch muscles, which results in less constipation. Aim for exercises that stretch your stomach and back muscles. Also, doing Kegel exercises, which strengthen the pelvic floor muscle, can improve constipation symptoms. Talk to your doctor before you start any exercise program, and don't over-exert yourself as this can cause injury or pain.   

If you find your constipation is leading to hemorrhoids or rectal pain, you can take a sitz bath, which involves using a special washbasin that fits over your toilet and filling it with warm water. Sitting in this bath can provide a great deal of relief, and soften tissues. A compress with a few drops of witch hazel can alleviate rectal pain. Avoid straining while having a bowel movement, as this can cause more pain and even lead to hemorrhoids.


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