Tuesday, 21 June 2016

11 Home Remedies To Cure Constipation During Pregnancy

Many women during pregnancy complain of the problem of constipation. This is a common complaint and happens due to the fact that the hormones change drastically when you are pregnant. There can be many causes of constipation. Some of them are well known and can be attributed to diet and lifestyle. For example, a lack of exercise and activity can cause severe constipation and a diet that is too heavy on processed food and too light on natural fibre will have the same effect. Constipation is one of the common concerns during pregnancy as it is caused due to the increasing pressure of uterus. Read on to know about the common concerns about constipation during pregnancy.

13 Home Remedies To Cure Constipation During Pregnancy

1 . Acupressure or acupuncture

An acupressure or acupuncture point related to your digestion is located in the middle of your tummy. About three finger-widths below your navel (point CV6), gently press intermittently, about 20 to 30 times, and repeat several times a day.

2 . Drink Up

Eight full glasses of fluids (water, vegetable or fruit juice, broth, etc.) each day will keep solids moving through your digestive tract at an impressive rate and keep your stool soft (and easier to pass). That geriatric favorite, prune juice, is tops in the category, since it's a mild laxative. Try to drink some when you're really clogged, and if you have trouble (at least this far out of the retirement home) taking it straight, blend it with other fruits and juices into a smoothie. Another time-honored way to get things moving: Turn to warm liquids, including that health spa staple, hot water and lemon.  They'll help stimulate peristalsis, those intestinal contractions that help you go.

3 . Exercise

You can prevent constipation by staying active, which keeps your whole body in better health. Walking , swimming or water-based exercises (aquanatal classes), cycling on an exercise bicycle, or other more formal pregnancy exercise classes can all help. There are also various yoga positions you can try to treat or prevent constipation.

4 . High Fiber Foods

High-fiber foods are your best way to relieve constipation during pregnancy. Since you want to avoid unnecessary medications while you are pregnant, this option is ideal, as you can improve regularity through your diet. You can find fiber in many foods, from fruits to high-fiber cereals. Include leafy green vegetables in your diet, as well as bran. The American Pregnancy Association recommends consuming 25 to 30 g of fiber every day.

5 . Fiber

You should include at least on serving of fibrous food in your meals for proper functioning of the bowels. On an average you should consume about 25- 30 grams of fiber every day. You can eat whole grains like wheat flakes or porridge with your breakfast. Multigrain bread may also be included. Leafy vegetables like spinach, fresh fenugreek, cabbage, broccoli etc. are natural laxatives. Carrot, tomato, pumpkin also help to stimulate bowel function. You can eat them as salad or cook them. Add a pinch of ginger powder to your dishes for better digestion. High fiber fresh fruits include oranges, prunes, plums, dates, watermelon, grapes, banana etc. They help to improve the movement of the intestines and clean the bowels.

6 . Aromatherapy

Add three to four drops of essential oils such as sweet orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit or bergamot to a teaspoonful of carrier oil (preferably grapeseed) to your bath. Relax in the warm water for a while, perhaps massaging your tummy gently with soap lather in a clockwise direction. Don't massage too firmly, especially if you have any risk of premature labour, or if your placenta is lying low in your uterus (placenta praevia).

7 . Over The Counter Remedies

There are over-the-counter products such as Metamucil (Category B) which may help soften your bowel movements and reduce constipation. Always speak to your health care provider before using over-the-counter medications.

8 . Massage

Try massaging your tummy gently in a clockwise direction. However, avoid very firm massage, especially if you are at risk of premature labour , or if your placenta is lying low in your uterus (placenta praevia).

9 . Coconut Water

Coconut water is very effective in treatment of constipation and other pregnancy ailments like urinary track infections.

10 . Pears And Pear Juice

Pears and pear juice if consumed at breakfast and dinner time can help relieve constipation symptoms. If the constipation is severe, a fruit only diet for a few days will go a long ways towards clearing up the condition.

11 . Pelvic Floor Relaxation

When you feel the need to go to the toilet, make sure you have privacy and time. Sit on the toilet, breathe deeply, then exhale so your pelvic floor muscles relax, but try not to strain. Standing up just before trying to pass the stool can sometimes help. Bend one knee and put your foot on a chair or the edge of the bath. This encourages pelvic floor relaxation more than when you sit on the toilet. Which complementary therapies could I try? If your constipation persists, you could consult a qualified practitioner of acupuncture or shiatsu to help to rebalance your internal energies. Osteopathy or chiropractic may correct any misalignments in your skeleton. This may be from a previous injury putting stress and tension on soft parts of your body, including your stomach and intestines. If you'd like to try Chinese medicine, acupuncture, or ayurvedic medicine, consult a practitioner who is registered, insured, and has experience of treating pregnant women. Colonic irrigation is not recommended in pregnancy as it can affect the normal pH and bacterial balance of your lower colon. There is a possible risk of mild complications such as vaginal infections, or more serious problems.

12 . Guava

Guava eaten raw with the seeds provides enough roughage to relieve constipation and soften stools naturally. For the best results eat one or two whole guavas every day. Grapes contain organic acid and cellulose that makes them a natural laxative. Grape juice can help tone the internal muscles of the stomach and prevent chronic constipation. If fresh grapes are unavailable, raisins soaked overnight in water are the next best alternative.

13 . Rough Things up

Fiber-rich foods (aka roughage) will help you eliminate waste it's that simple. Eat whole-grains, fresh or dried fruits, vegetables, beans, and peas. Going for the green can also help you go  not only in the form of green vegetables, but in a juicy, sweet kiwi, a tiny fruit that packs a potent laxative effect. Aim for 25 to 35 grams of fiber each day (you can read food labels if you want, but there's no need to do the math  just choose lots of high fiber foods). Ease into this if you're not used to a lot of fiber in your diet already: Going from zero to 35 grams quickly will have you sleeping alone in no time! And the flip side to roughing things up? Be sure to shun those classic cloggers, refined grains (white bread, white rice, refined cereals and pasta).

When to Call a Doctor

Call your doctor if any of the following occur during home treatment:

(i) Constipation occurs or continues after 1 week of home treatment.
(ii) Rectal pain develops or increases.
(iii) Blood in the stool develops or increases.
(iv) Uncontrolled leakage of stool occurs. 
(v) Your symptoms become more severe or more frequent.

If you have any of these symptoms, you need to be evaluated by a doctor.