Constipation is something that not many people actually want to think about, never mind talk about. However, when it comes to pregnancy, you are bound to experience it at least once during your nine months. Constipation can be uncomfortable, painful and a bit of a nuisance if we’re honest, but, thankfully there are things you can do to help move things along.
Here are five natural ways to help relieve yours:
Make sure you drink plenty of water and other fluids throughout the day to help you stay regular. Try to consume at least 3 litres of water or juice daily. Dandelion tea can also help to move things along.
Watch what you drink so that you don’t end up dehydrated. Dehydration can make constipation worse so if you find you are going to the toilet a lot make you compensate for it by drinking more fluids.
Exercise not only helps you to stay fit, it can also help to relieve not-so-good pegnancy symptoms like back pain and constipation. Try to get your bowels moving by undergoing 30 minutes of light exercise at least three times a week. Go for a walk, slow jog or sign up to a prenatal yoga class. In fact, certain yoga positions can help to prevent constipation happening in the first place.
Obviously increasing your fibre intake will ensure you don’t get clogged up down there. Eat plenty of fruits, veggies, bread and wholegrains to help prevent constipation or move it along. Try to include beans, lentils and dried fruits like prunes in your diet. Pick up a packet of dried prunes or apricots and pop them in your handbag so you won’t forget to eat them.
Eat small meals
Don’t sit down to three large meals a day. if you are suffering from constipation, you are better off eating six small meals so you don’t eat too much at once causing you to feel bloated and uncomfortable.
If you don’t get relief after you have tried these natural remedies, talk to your doctor who might be able to prescribe something a little stronger.