Written by Pradeep
Constipation during pregnancy is one of the most common problems encountered by expecting mothers. However, by including some special ingredients in the diet of expectant women and by means of some changes in their diet one can tackle this issue.
The main cause of constipation during pregnancy is the expansion of the uterus and consequent compression on rectum and large intestine. Add to that increase in the pregnancy hormone progesterone, and most women end suffering from bloating, cramps, discomfort and constipation in pregnancy. This in turn retards the normal contraction of your digestive tract and result in constipation. The enlarging uterus also affects your urine. It increases the frequency of urination. As pregnancy advances, you tend to urinate a lot. This result in decreased re-absorption of water in colon and worsen the situation. Read more about constipation in pregnancy here.
You can get rid of constipation during pregnancy by making a few changes to your lifestyle and diet. Here are some natural ways to avoid constipation without being afraid of any possible side effects.
If you are suffering from constipation during pregnancy, which is very likely, consider taking the help of natural remedies after you make changes to your lifestyle and diet. Natural remedies do not have any side effects and can be effective in relieving you from bloating and discomfort.
If none of the natural remedies work for you during pregnancy, to relieve you off discomfort, your doctor may suggest you a milk laxative. Laxatives that are not absorbed by the digestive system are safe to use in pregnancy. Milk of magnesia is one such laxative which is very safe and mild. Metamucil is a bulk forming laxative and is also considered safe in pregnancy.
Sometimes, these mild laxatives do not work, and hence your doctor may prescribe stronger laxatives and a stool softener during pregnancy. You must always ensure that you do consult your doctor before taking any laxative. Well, the important aspect of using laxative during pregnancy is its safety and whether it can have any unwanted effect on the newborn? Use mild natural laxatives to keep constipation at bay.
Many people are of the opinion that laxatives in late pregnancy can cause contractions and may lead to premature birth. This is also supported by the fact that some laxatives do cause uterine contractions and lead to premature labor. Also, using laxatives will use a lot of water inside your body, so you will need to have plenty of water to balance the hydration.
Laxative usage is sometimes associated with some adverse effects too. For one, regular use of laxatives can cause diarrhea, draining your body of fluids. Laxatives that form the bulk can increase blood pressure because of their high sodium or sugar content. During pregnancy never use caster oil or mineral oil to combat constipation. These oils can lead to uterine contractions and thereby increases the chances of setting in of premature labor. Use of mineral oil can also cause bleeding in the newborn. You should also avoid stimulant laxatives during pregnancy. Consult your doctor before using any laxative.
Laxatives, more often, cause no serious allergic reaction. Tell your doctor, if you are allergic to bisacodyl and ask for an alternative.
Sometimes, including fiber rich foods, drinking a lot of water, etc., do not come to your rescue, it is then you resort to taking laxatives.
Probiotics are the natural favorable flora or healthy bacteria that keep a balance of organisms in the intestines. Probiotic supplements are available in the market and yeast is a renowned probiotic. Eating curd or yoghurt can also be useful.
All in all, constipation in pregnancy can be treated easily with home remedies and by making changes in your lifestyle and diet. However, if they do not work for you, you could consider taking mild laxatives in consultation with the doctor. Never administer any medicine yourself during pregnancy.
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