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Constipation in Early Pregnancy

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When mums talk about their pregnancy, constipation often comes up! It’s yet another one of those delights that hardly anyone tells you about beforehand! The good news is that there are things you can do to help prevent it.

Why you get blocked up

During pregnancy, constipation isn’t just linked to your diet; it’s also down to your hormones. Your body produces extra progesterone which cleverly makes your muscles relax so your baby can grow inside you. However, this also affects your intestines, meaning food moves through more slowly.

Constipation during pregnancy can also be caused by the extra pressure the uterus puts on the bowel and rectum, slowing down bowel movements.

Relief of Constipation in Pregnancy

When bowel movements need speeding up, diet and exercise can help set things in motion!

Getting plenty of fibre from fruit, vegetables and wholegrains is important. Fluids will also help to soften your stools and make them easier to pass. Aim for at least 8 glasses of water a day and try some prune juice.

The right diet can have a huge impact on reducing constipation in early pregnancy

When you’re bloated and blocked up, you may not feel like exercising, but 20 to 30 minutes a day of swimming, walking, or another gentle exercise you enjoy, can help kick start your system.

swimming during pregnancy

You might also want to review any pregnancy vitamin supplements or iron tablets you're taking as they can slow your bowels down too, but double check with your health care professional before making any changes. They will be able to give you advice on constipation in pregnancy.

Get in touch with us on the Careline if you would like advice about any of your pregnancy health concerns.

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