For many women, one of the unfortunate side effects of pregnancy is constipation.
Hormonal changes combined with pressure on your digestive tract from your growing uterus.
The hormone progesterone relaxes the bowel muscles, which slows down your entire digestive system. The longer food stays in your system, the more water your body absorbs from it, which leads to harder stools.
And as your pregnancy progresses, your growing uterus begins to put increasing pressure on your intestines and rectum, slowing your digestive system down further. If that isn't enough to keep you reaching for a daily bran muffin, be aware that iron supplements may also have a constipating effect.
There are a few things you can do to relieve constipation:
Eat high-fiber foods such as whole grain breads and cereals and fresh fruits and vegetables every day.
Drink plenty of water – at least six to eight glasses a day. A glass of fruit juice every day, especially prune juice, can also be helpful.
Exercise regularly. - Walking, swimming, riding on a stationary bike, and yoga can all help ease constipation and leave you feeling more fit and healthy.
Listen to your body.- Never put off going to the convenience whenever you feel the urge.
Ask your healthcare provider about taking an over-the-counter fiber supplement.