How to Avoid Constipation While Pregnant

Constipation is quite a frequent problem during pregnancy and many women suffer from it. The main cause of constipation when pregnant is due to sudden surge of progesterone hormone in the body.

The other reason is of course the expansion of uterus resulting in the shrinking of other organs. However, the constipation is easy to treat and with few simple tips can be avoided altogether.

Drinking water is very important if you want to avoid constipation. Drink at least 12 glasses of water during pregnancy to treat constipation. Fresh fruit juices are also beneficial for digestion and helps relieve constipation to an extent. But there is no substitute for water when constipated.

Fiber rich diet helps avoid constipation altogether. Cereals, pulses and whole grain breads are high is fiber. Fresh fruits and green vegetables also contain high amounts of fiber. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables are important to maintain a healthy digestion.

Eating prunes and drinking prune juice helps with constipation. Prunes are laxative in nature and are easily digested. Have a glass of prunes juice with breakfast or eat a few prunes before starting your day. This will ensure that the digestive system keeps going throughout the day.

Exercising is also very important to help with digestion. You can take up swimming, walking or even yoga to keep your digestive track working. However, you should always check with your doctor first before starting any form of exercise.

There are many over-the-counter natural laxatives available to relieve constipation. But these should be used only as a last resort. If exercising and proper eating habits doesn’t work then opt for a laxative. Natural laxatives are safe for consumption and do not get absorbed by the body. Consult a doctor or chemist for the best natural laxative available for pregnant women.

Under no circumstances should you use mineral oil as a laxative. Mineral oil does not let the body absorb nutrients from the food that you consume. This leaves your body with little or no nutrition to feed the growing baby in your body. Even castor oil should not be used as it can cause premature uterine contractions leading to spontaneous miscarriage.

Anubha Pandey