What can I do to relieve constipation?
Because pregnancy causes changes in hormones that slow the movement of food through the digestive tract, at least 50% of pregnant women experience problems with constipation. Taking iron supplements throughout pregnancy, and experiencing pressure on your rectum during the last part of pregnancy can also cause constipation. Here are some suggestions that may help:
- Drink plenty of liquids each day, including 6-8 glasses of water, and 1-2 glasses of fruit juice such as prune juice.
- Avoid liquids that generally cause frequent urination, such as coffee, tea and cola. These types of liquids tend to create a negative water balance in your body and thus make your stools harder and more difficult to pass.
- Eat food high in fiber, such as bran cereals, and raw fruits and vegetables.
- Exercise daily. Walking is good exercise during pregnancy.