Constipation while Pregnant

http://i.ehow.com/images/GlobalPhoto/Articles/4703069/pregnant-woman-eating-743786-main_Full.jpgConstipation is very common in pregnancy. This is apparently due to the body’s high level of progesterone which relaxes the bowel and makes it less efficient. If you are anemic, your Dr. may prescribe iron supplements, which can also add to the problems of constipation.

Eat lots of fibre, raw fruit and vegetables etc. which will help prevent constipation. Drink plenty of fluids and don’t put off going to the bathroom, when you need to go. Strong chemical laxatives are not recommended during pregnancy as they may induce miscarriage.

Establish an eating routine. Eat your high fiber foods or prunes first thing in the morning so that your digestive system will have the whole day to work.

Stay away from mineral oil as a laxative. It may prevent nutrients from being absorbed by your body.

Stay away from castor oil as a laxative. Castor oil can cause premature uterine contractions.

Sara WAU

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