While pregnancy is an incredibly exciting time of your life, it can also cause a variety of uncomfortable and challenging symptoms. One common symptom expectant mothers face is constipation.
Constipation is when you have trouble passing a stool, and can cause pain and discomfort. During pregnancy, the hormone progesterone increases, which can cause the digestive system to slow down and it’s harder to have regular bowel movements.
If you’re experiencing constipation which is causing you pain and discomfort, we always recommend speaking with one of Grace Private’s Specialist Women’s Health GPs, however, there are a few effective strategies to reduce pregnancy constipation.
During pregnancy, your body needs water to support your growing baby and maintain overall health. Dehydration can contribute to constipation, so it’s vital to stay hydrated by drinking enough water throughout the day. You should aim to drink at least eight to ten glasses of water per day to keep yourself hydrated to support healthy digestion.
It may sound a little funny, but creating a regular toilet routine can help train your body to regulate your bowel movements. Ignoring the need to go, rushing trips to the toilet and not going in a place you feel comfortable can lead to problems and sometimes constipation.
We recommend finding a quiet and comfortable place every day where you can relax and take your time. Believe it or not, a relaxing environment without stress can help reduce the chances of constipation.
By including a range of fibre-rich foods in your diet you can promote regular bowel movements. Fibre adds bulk to your stools to make it easier to pass through your digestive tract. Foods high in fibre include whole grains, fruits, vegetables and legumes.
Staying active during your pregnancy is important as it supports your overall well-being, but it can also help to prevent constipation by stimulating bowel movements and digestion. Simple, gentle exercises like walking, swimming or prenatal yoga can be beneficial during pregnancy.
As every pregnancy is different, before you start exercising we recommend speaking with your GP or Gold Coast obstetrician to ensure the exercise is safe for you and your baby.
If you can’t consume enough fibre in your diet, fibre supplements are available. Supplements can provide your body with additional fibre to fight constipation. Before starting any supplements during pregnancy, it’s essential to see your GP or obstetrician to ensure you are taking the right dosage that is safe for you and your baby.
At Grace Private, we are here to support you throughout your pregnancy journey. From your first antenatal appointment to the delivery of your baby and beyond, we take a holistic approach to pregnancy care.
The experienced and skilled team of professional women’s healthcare providers at Grace consists of doctors, midwives, nurses, physiotherapists, psychologists, and a dietitian, all working together to look after the needs of you and your baby.
If you’re suffering from the pain and discomfort associated with pregnancy constipation, make an appointment online with one of our Specialist Women’s Health GPs today and let’s work together to ensure a more comfortable and enjoyable journey to motherhood