Are you suffering from bloating, irregular stools or abdominal pain? Constipation is a common enough side effect of pregnancy with almost 3 out of 4 women experiencing it along their journey. Read more about remedies available for relieving constipation below.
Constipation in pregnancy is linked to both your diet and to your hormones. During pregnancy, an increase in the hormone progesterone produced by your body relaxes the muscles of the intestinal wall which slows down the movement of food through your digestive system. This may lead to constipation in pregnancy.
The food you eat can have an impact on your digestion. Some foods can increase your chances of being constipated during pregnancy. Other foods can help in relieving constipation.
White bread, white rice, refined cereals and pasta are not only filling, but a combination of high-in-starch and low-in-fibre content which means that they can take longer to digest.
Over-eating can lead to constipation. Try to eat smaller amounts, more often. This will also help you to feel less bloated. Regular exercise during pregnancy encourages regular bowel movements. Remember to consult your doctor about exercises that are suitable for your body type and pregnancy stage.
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