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11:15 AM | 13-05-2019

Hi everyone. I am pregnant & facing a problem of severe constipation. Any inputs?

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09:07 AM | 07-01-2019

Try staying off grains for 3-4 days & see. Grains need more energy to digest, if you keep grain free body may be able to focus more on clearing up the system. Increase intake of fruits, salads & vegetable juices. Increase consumption of soaked dry fruits. Chew continuously on soaked raisins. The saliva it generates helps to keep the system alkaline and clear any blockages in the digestive tract. Relax well, don't let stress come in the way of normal body functions. Once or twice a day, lie down with your feet up and put a cold towel on your head, abdomen and feet. Before sleeping focus on keeping lights dim, taking a bath with an aroma oil in it and doing the mmmm of the om (humming).


03:00 PM | 08-01-2019

Only fruits breakfast, lots of seasonal vegetables for lunch and cooked food for dinner. Plenty of fluids - coconut water, vegetable soups, herbs infused tea, etc. Avoid dairy, tea and coffee as they are strain on vitality. Most important is remain happy, read books, do simple mathematics calculations, play ludo or carton, stay away from TV. Sunbathing for one hour. Meditation and prayers daily. 

09:08 AM | 07-01-2019

Hi… in my case, during my pregnancy, I realized my portion of cooked meals was very high.  I switched to having more fruits and veg juices and raw veg salads. And that really helped.  I had also added a lot of sprouts in my meals and salads.

Resting is important too!

10:06 AM | 15-02-2019

Let us first start with reasons why one could have Constipation during pregnancy.It could be due to:

Increase in hormone progesterone that relaxes muscles through out the body including digestive tract which causes food or waste to pass through the intestines more slowly.

Certain foods like milk and dairy products like cheese or icecream because of their high-fat and low fibre content.

Vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower, collard greens,etc.,containing a sugar called raffinose could be avoided. Raffinose can trigger bloating and lead to gas in the stomach.

Avoid meat and high protein diet since it might be more difficult to digest protein dense foods than fibre-based plant foods and cereals.

Consumption of iron tablets has been linked to making constipation worse. This is because the iron from supplements is not as readily absorbed by the body as they are from food sources.

If you are not physically active or are unable to exercise, you could be susceptible to constipation.When you exercise,food moves through your large intestine more quickly.This reduces the amount of water that your body absorbs from the food and prevents stools from becoming hard and difficult to pass.

Being stressful impacts digestion, as body react by bringing down bowel movement, thus triggering constipation overtime.

How One Can Prevent and Treat Constipation during Pregnancy

Try identifying what is/are the reason(s) from above which is causing you constipation. Try to reduce the same.

Also as suggested by others as well, consume a high fibre food or roughage because it helps to keep the intestinal system running smoothly. Soluble fibre permits more water to remain in your stool, making the waste softer, and easier to pass through intestines. Insoluble fibre adds bulk to your stool and speeds up its movement through your gut.

Water is crucial for digestion as it keeps the food moving along through the intestines. Double your water intake during pregnancy and stay hydrated.

You can also try breaking up your meals into 5-6 smaller portions. This will allow the stomach to digest food, and allow it to transfer to the intestine and colon smoothly

Some natural home remedies to get rid of constipation which you can include in your diet in addition to ensuring you get exercise to relieve constipation:

1. Lemon:You can add a lemon in a glass of warm water because it helps flush out toxins and other undigested material from the colon. It has also been known to induce bowel contractions that help you pass stool.

2. Psyllium or Lspagula Husks orIsabgol (or Ispagula husks): Remember to supplement it with a min of 8-10 glasses of water for each spoonful.

3. Flaxseed:It is rich in dietary fibre and helps in adding roughage to your diet. Remember to supplement the diet along with a minimum of 8-10 glasses of water for each spoonful.

4. Light Massaging with fingers in a clockwise direction. However, if you are at a risk of premature labour, or have a low placenta, then it is important to avoid any massage.

5.Rub Oil: Ease the passing of stool by rubbing organic oil such as coconut oil on your bottom

6. Olive Oil:Mix one tablespoon of olive oil with a teaspoon of lemon juice to it and have it once every morning. Do remember that taking more than this amount can cause diarrhea and cramping, and is not recommended. Olive oil works as a stool softener and relieves constipation

7. Aloe Vera Juice: Helps in cooling down the digestive system. Take two tsps of aloe vera gel for relief. It is best if you can scoop it out of an aloe vera leaf, and blend it in a cup of fruit juice.

Foods that Help Prevent Constipation

Fruits:Go for gauva, pears, apples, berries, oranges and tangerines

Vegetables:Eat carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkins squash. Also include leafy vegetables such as spinach, lettuce, etc

Legumes:Consume beans, lentils and peas

Grains:Go for whole-wheat bread, brown rice, unprocessed oats and bran

Nuts and seeds:You should try to have almonds, peanuts, sunflower seeds and walnuts.

Most importantly one should know that constipation is a temporary phase which some experience during pregnancy. You can successfully deal with it if you adopt these preventive steps in your diet and lifestyle.

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