Constipation is very common because digestion generally slows down during pregnancy. If you are constipated, you can help yourself by following these tips:
By drinking enough fluids
By doing regular exercise
Eating enough fibre which can be found in whole grain fruits and foods.
Do not take a laxative without consulting your doctor, as not all are safe during pregnancy.
Some changes you can make in your diet and lifestyle that might help ease your problem of constipation:
By eating high-fibre foods such as cereals and pulses (rajma, chhola, ragi), wholegrain breads such as whole wheat chapattis, and fresh vegetables and fruits every day, fruits like guava and vegetables like carrots are high in fibre.
If you’ve been following a low fibre diet, then gradually you may increase your intake of fibre in your diet, so that your system adjusts to the change.
Decrease the intake of refined foods like instant noodles. Refined flour (maida) is very commonly used to make white breads, kulchas , naan , cake and biscuits. If these foods are part of your pregnancy diet, it may be wiser to switch to healthier whole grain or whole wheat options instead of refined flour (maida).
Drink plenty of water, at least 8 to 12 glasses a day. You can increase your fluid intake with other drinks as well such as coconut water, buttermilk, fresh fruit juice, lime juice and lassi.
Exercise,walking, swimming, yoga and cycling on a stationary bike can all help to ease constipation, and leave you feeling more fit and healthy. It’s important that you follow a exercise schedule suitable, according to your fitness level and stamina so that you don’t exhaust yourself.
Do not take over the counterlaxatives, without first consulting your doctor. Some of the natural laxatives like castor oil and triphala, are used as home remedies which are not suitable during pregnancy.
If you still are not getting any relief it is best that you consult a gynaecologist to discuss your issues.