It’s an awkward subject, but one that affects many pregnant people. December is Constipation Awareness Month and in today’s blog, we’ll be going over why pregnancy can lead to difficult bowel movements. We’ll also talk about how you can alleviate this issue!
What Do I Get Constipation During Pregnancy?
Typically low-fiber diets, lack of physical exercise, or anxiety can cause constipation. However, when your pregnant, constipation can occur due to your progesterone hormones increasing. Progesterone hormones relax your intestinal muscle which will cause waste to move slower through your digestive system. Other times, iron supplements can also cause constipation since the absorption of iron can be weak. Drinking plenty of water will help prevent constipation. If this doesn’t work, you may need to switch to a different type of iron tablet, but be sure to talk to your doctor first before making the switch!
Preventative Care and Treatment for Constipation While Pregnant
Preventative care to avoid constipation while pregnant would be the following:
- Eating a high-fiber diet! Consuming at least 25 to 30 grams per day of fiber which could include fruits, vegetables, whole-grain bread, cereal, and more!
- Drink plenty of fluids! Like we mentioned earlier, drinking more while increasing your fiber will help with constipation. Drinking about 10 to 12 cups a day is ideal.
- Exercise! Staying active will help prevent constipation. This could be simply walking, yoga or any moderate workouts that will help stimulate your bowels.
Treatment may include over-the-counter solutions, such as Metamucil, or reducing/eliminating iron supplements. Before taking these measures, you should talk to your doctor first and ask for recommendations!
Be sure to speak to your doctor about your concerns about constipation and if you’re experience trouble in this area. If you’re looking for an OB-GYN, we’d be happy to set up an appointment at any of our 3 locations!