Constipation is a common problem during pregnancy and usually not very serious.
Why constipation during pregnancy?
The reason is the pressure applied by your growing uterus on your rectum and abundance of pregnancy hormones in your body. Iron supplements also cause constipation in some women.
What to do about Constipation during pregnancy?
If you too suffer from this problem, you can follow some easy tips to ease your constipation:
Drink more water:
It is important that you drink plenty of water and stay hydrated throughout the day. Having enough water will make your bowel movements easier.
Have enough fiber:
Increase amount of fiber-rich food in your diet. Eat wholewheat bread, rotis, fresh fruits and vegetables, oats etc.
Reduce refined foods from your diet :
Reduce the amount of refined food items in your diet. White bread, instant noodles, pasta etc may make the problem worse.
Exercise moderately throughout the pregnancy to help ease the problem of constipation. Make sure to check with your doctor before going for any rigorous exercise. Moderate walking is usually the best bet. Yoga can also help in many ways during pregnancy.
If constipation bothers you too much, do tell your doctor about. Doctor will prescribe safe medication for your problem.
What not to do during constipation during pregnancy?
Do not have refined junk food items:
Even if you feel like binging, control the urge to have fast food made from white flour like bugers, pizzas or fried food like puris, pakoras, samosa etc.
Have more fluids but not carbonated sodas or colas. Fresh fruits juices and water are your best bet.
Do not take any laxatives without consulting your doctor.