It is quite common among pregnant women to face constipation issues. At times, it may lead to chronic situations and become uncomfortable. It is because, hormonal changes taking place during pregnancy influences the entire digestive system. More female hormone progesterone is produced by the body during pregnancy than usual. According to the health experts, it is considered to be quite normal and takes place in the body of every pregnant woman. The effect caused by this is, sometimes the bowel muscle wall gets relaxed by the progesterone, as it is not able to move bodily waste and food along. It is this slowing down of the intestinal movement that creates a constipated state in the woman.
Some constipation symptoms faced by would-be mothers
- If faeces are hard, then it is difficult to pass. At times, the rectum may cause bleeding in severe cases.
- There is noticed a period of 3 to 4 days in the bowel movements.
- There is experienced a general feeling of not all faeces getting passed clearly, thus causing discomfort and inconvenience.
- In extreme cases, it might even result in difficulties arising while giving birth.
- Constipation could be due to pain emerging from the lower abdominal region.
Although few cases may be rare, however, can be an indicative of various other serious conditions emerging. Therefore, the experienced and knowledgeable physician is to be consulted who may provide the most appropriate pregnancy digestion medicine.
Few remedies and precautions
- Pregnant women are to take care of their diet, ensure regular bowel habits. This will help avoid possible complications and unnecessary discomfort.
- Foods having good amount of fiber is to be consumed as it helps the intestines to be stimulated to carry out its associated tasks harder, while absorbing liquid to ensure faeces remain soft and not dry out.
- The diet needs to vary and include range of fruits like the prunes, wholemeal bread, vegetables and breakfast cereals.
- Plenty of water is to be consumed, minimum of 6 cups a day to ensure proper functioning of the intestine region and to make the faeces soft.
- Gentle exercise is to be performed for stimulating gently the bowel and help with proper digestion. Swimming or walking sessions for around 20-30 minutes every day and 3 times a week can help in improving digestion.
What are the potential complications faced with constipation problems?
- During extreme cases, excess weakening and straining of the muscles experienced in the abdomen’s lower region can contribute towards prolapsed of rectum or the womb. But this is considered to be a rare case.
- It is at the hernia region that bulging of abdominal contents starts to occur through weak point present in the abdomen wall might get excess strain while eliminating persistent, hard stools.
- People suffering from chronic constipation may have to become dependent upon laxatives. Those bowels having overused laxatives for quite some time might become sluggish and be dependent upon their use.
The physician will conduct tests to find out the problems in the pregnancy digestive system and offer proper and timely treatment.