Estrogen and progesterone are two important hormones that play an essential role in pregnancy for the pregnant mother and her baby; with the transplantation, development, and success of the fetus, the newborn’s uncomplicated birth is largely dependent on these two hormones. Although these two hormones are essential for the success of the fetus, especially progesterone, it is also responsible for the onset of various uncomfortable symptoms like constipation during pregnancy.
The effects of progesterone on the digestive system during pregnancy are particularly noticeable. Progesterone is largely responsible for the relaxation of the muscles of the digestive tract. Muscle relaxation increases the digestion time of food and the circulation of food through the digestive tract and initially initiates constipation.
Digestive dysfunction can lead not only to constipation, but also to constipation-related complications, such as piles, fissures, and thrombocytopenic purpura. Also relaxation of the stomach and small intestine muscles causes uncomfortable symptoms like indigestion.
These symptoms are very normal during pregnancy and there is no reason for pregnant mothers to be ashamed of it.
Constipation is inherently physically uncomfortable, defecation is timely, stools are hard and small in size, there is pressure or constriction in the abdomen, there is no relief in defecation and the defecation process often feels tedious. Constipation can also cause single or multiple symptoms, such as lower abdominal and lower back pain, flatulence, and nausea. Multiple symptoms appear together depending on the severity of the constipation.
Constipation is so common during pregnancy that constipation, along with other symptoms, can be considered a symptom of pregnancy.
Home remedies for constipation during pregnancy- my advice
There are several effective treatments for constipation during pregnancy. In addition to the remedies as well as the avoidance of digestive symptoms, I always advise to follow a healthy diet and change the easily imitative lifestyle. These tips help to get rid of constipation during pregnancy.
1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Eat healthy foods rich in fiber, such as fiber-rich brown bread, fruits, vegetables, pulses and peas.
3. Eating a few meals several times a day instead of several meals at once, which helps reduce stress on the digestive tract.
4. Keep in mind that if you eat more fiber or fibrous foods, you should also increase the amount of water you drink throughout the day.
My advice on lifestyle change to relieve constipation during pregnancy-
1. Do light exercise every day in small but regular rules.
2. Rubbing from top to bottom on the back.
3. Trying to defecate as soon as you wake up in the morning or after eating. When you feel like defecating, defecate without delay.
Effective treatment for constipation during pregnancy
1. Medication may be needed if constipation is not cured even after following a healthy diet and lifestyle. However, it should be kept in mind that if any drug enters the mother’s body, it may affect the fetus / unborn child. And so no medicine should be taken without expert advice.
2. Drugs that remain in the digestive tract but do not enter the bloodstream to treat constipation, such as lactulose, are used by pregnant mothers but are not military drugs. In case of abdominal pain due to constipation, the lowest dose of paracetamol tablets can be used only for a short period of time. If constipation causes further complications, it is important to seek the advice of a specialist.