What to do when you have constipation, gas and bloating during pregnancy. Why does it happen and how to treat it?
bloating and constipation during pregnancy are common complaints for many
women. More than 50% of expecting mothers have to face pregnancy constipation.
symptoms can be caused by a mixture of reasons - some of them are just a
natural occurrence of growing a baby, while others you can help to minimise and
it might be one of the less pleasant symptoms you’ll have to manage during your
pregnancy, there are some ways to help relieve it.
Why will I experience more bloating and
constipation during pregnancy?
hormonal levels of progesterone increase sharply during pregnancy. This
increase in progesterone impacts your entire body - including the digestive
tract. It’s one of the commonly cited reasons for experience more gas, bloating
you progress through your pregnancy and your baby grows, they take up more
space and put pressure on your internal organs. You’ll experience by needed to
go to the toilet more often, as the baby squeezes the bladder but you’ll also
experience this as constipation has the baby puts pressure on (and essentially
blocks!) the digestive tract.
of the amount of room your baby takes up internally, and the pressure on your
internal digestive system, you will probably find that everything slows down,
resulting in bloating and constipation.
cause is related to the supplements that many women are advised to take to aid
their pregnancy. High iron supplements which are compulsory for people with
iron deficiency can make the experience of gas, bloating and constipation
to Relieve Pregnancy Constipation
mentioned, some of the causes for these symptoms during pregnancy are simply
down to being pregnant, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t do some things to
help minimise and treat symptoms.
of the main causes for gas, bloating and constipation (pregnant or otherwise)
is down to your diet and water intake, as well as being inactive. A healthy,
active lifestyle can make all the difference when it comes to relieving these
complaints and that’s no different even when you’re pregnant.
you should eat fibre-rich foods in your diet, such as green vegetables, whole-grains and fruits
and avoid food that might cause constipation or make it worse for example
are a few steps you can take to keep yourself, and your digestive tract, in the
best of shape:
#1 Eat little and often
than sitting down to three big meals a day, which will then sit in your
digestive tract and cause gas and bloating, try switching to smaller more
frequent meals. Light bites 6-8 times a day of healthy foods will help keep
sure you’re eating the right combination of foods. A high carb, starchy and
sugar rich diet isn’t going to help anyone! Be sure to eat plenty of high
energy, fibre rich and protein foods. Think dark greens, organic chicken, fresh
fruits and light pulses.
#3 Drinking lots of water
will be your best friend during pregnancy! It’s the best thing you can do for
your changing body, and although in the later stages you may find you’re
nipping to the toilet more frequently it really will help with bloating and
constipation. So that might actually be a good thing!
light exercise such as brisk walking, swimming, dancing and pregnancy yoga help
to keep your body active and healthy - including all your internal plumbing!
Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you skip the exercise, but keep it
light and comfortable for you and baby.
#5 Speak to your doctor about
out if you really need to be taking additional iron or pregnancy supplements
that can add to constipation symptoms. Your blood tests will tell you if you
really need them or not. Your doctor will also be able to let you know of any
natural aids or supplements that can help relieve these symptoms if it’s really
getting too much.
When should I seek medical help for bloating
during pregnancy is not usually a sign of anything more serious, and can will
pass naturally as you transition through your trimesters.
if you have had constipation for a prolonged amount of time (more than 5 days),
or you are experiencing other symptoms such as abdominal pain, intermittent
diarrhea with constipation or you notice mucus or blood in your urine or stools
- make sure you seek medical attention immediately.
body will go through a lot of changes during pregnancy and each of them will
bring weird and wonderful symptoms! Some women will experience all of them,
some of them or if they’re really lucky - none of them!
is different. What’s really important is knowing what feels ‘right’ for you and
if you’re in pain, feeling stressed or worried, then always speak to your
doctor or midwife who can reassure you and carry out further tests if needed.
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