Hormonal changes during pregnancy have a relaxing effect on the digestive tract, which can slow down transit time through your bowels. Pregnancy constipation often occurs mostly in the first trimester, but 4 in 10 women get constipation during pregnancy.
What to eat to help pregnancy constipation
- Ground flax seeds can help form a soft stool
- Include prunes, dried figs and raisins
- Eat fresh fruit and vegetables to increase your fibre
- Include beans, lentils and pulses in your diet
- Keep moving, walking is excellent exercise and helps regulate the bowels. Aim for 30 mins a day.
- Drink lots of water or herbal teas.
- Raise your feet up on a low stool when doing a poo. Squatting is a more natural position and can help the bowels to open.
- Always go to the toilet when you feel you need to poo, holding onto it interferes with the nerve connection which allows us to let go.
- Set a certain time of the day when you try to go, perhaps first thing in the morning, and after a meal.
- Check your iron tablets if you’re taking them. Iron in the form of ferrous sulphate can cause constipation so look for an organic iron if this is a problem.
- Avoid taking bran which can irritate your gut and inhibit the uptake of iron, calcium, magnesium and other minerals.
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