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Pregnancy Constipation: Causes and Remedies
Pregnancy is bliss. The day you discover your pregnancy is easily one of the most exciting days in your life. You would now be thinking of the coming months of pregnancy and thereafter delivery and then becoming a mother.
These thought makes you emotionally gratifying and you are at peace with yourself. However on the flip side, pregnancy is a complex process which entirely disturbs your body mechanism and its functioning. So many bodily and hormonal changes take place in preparing your body for gestation. As a result of the changes, you may have to undergo so many discomforting problems.
Pregnancy nausea, lower backache, painful muscle cramp, and bloating are few of these problems. Likewise many women also complain of constipation during pregnancy. All these problems in real term cannot be considered as medical conditions. They are quite safe during pregnancy and should be taken as a natural part of the pregnancy process unless they are not severe.
Now coming to constipation in pregnant women, let’s find out its causes. The cause of pregnancy constipation may be due to the increased level of progesterone production, a steroid hormone produced in the ovary to prepare and maintain the uterus for pregnancy.
Increased production of this hormone slows down your digestive process so that your intestinal muscles are relaxed. This slowing down of the digestive process causes the stool to harden thus resulting in constipation. Like other symptoms of pregnancy, constipation is natural in pregnant women.
However, this does not mean you have to endure constipation all through. Rather you should be looking at ways to ease constipation during pregnancy. Here are some tips on preventing pregnancy constipation.
First of all, you have to increase your fluid intake. Take 10-12 glasses of plain water everyday. Apart from softening the stool, water is the most important element which can keep your body hydrated. Also, you can take fruit juices and add more of soups to your diet to increase the fluid intake. Secondly, include more fiber-rich foods in your daily meals.
Breakfast cereals, green vegetables, fruits, and wholegrain breads are rich in fiber. Thirdly, check if your calcium intake is beyond the recommended level. An increased intake of calcium can trigger constipation. Lastly, you should maintain a moderate exercise routine to keep your body fit and free from unwanted and preventable problems.