How to deal with constipation in a pregnant woman
A huge number of adults today complain of lethargy and constipation. And the vast majority of them are women. Unfortunately, during pregnancy, constipation is almost inevitable, especially in its second half. This is primarily due to the action of hormones. Gestagen, the hormone of the corpus luteum, designed to relax the uterus, simultaneously inhibits intestinal motility.
Because of this, the intestines do not empty for a long time. The lethargy of excretory functions is also facilitated by the fact that a woman during pregnancy due to objective circumstances moves less. The situation is complicated by the increasing weight of the uterus and the baby: the stomach and intestines are more and more compressed, which makes it difficult to transport food. With delivery, this obstacle is removed. Hormonal balance is also gradually normalizing. However, many young mothers are constipated. What is the matter?
The main reason for the long existence of the problem is stress due to the appearance of the baby. The child dramatically changes the steady rhythm of mother’s life. When her intestines require emptying, the baby may suddenly burst into tears – and she misses time. You have to pay for it: the body begins to go on strike.
Those who are prone to constipation should first try to stir their intestines,
without resorting to medical laxatives. For this, a diet rich in plant fibers is recommended, which means: more fruits, vegetables, whole-grain bread and granola. If this is not enough, fibrous preparations, in particular, wheat bran, are indicated. If the consumption of such indigestible ballast substances does not lead to success, it is worth trying to use means designed to improve the motor function of the intestine (peristalsis).
Laxatives should be used only on the advice of a doctor.