How to prevent and improve constipation during pregnancy?
First of all, a balanced diet during pregnancy, proper exercise, and plenty of water can effectively prevent constipation. If the expectant mothers have problems with constipation, don't be nervous. Anxiety will only make constipation worse. Mothers can refer to the following tips to improve constipation during pregnancy:
1. Adjust the diet menu and eat high-fiber foods, including fruits and vegetables (bean sprouts, leeks, rapeseed, wormwood, celery, leeks, mushrooms, etc), whole wheat bread, brown rice, wheat, corn, etc. Many mothers have a good effect on eating apples and oranges to improve constipation during pregnancy. You can try it.
Why is pregnancy easy to constipation?
If it is not a special case, it is recommended that expectant mothers should use the diet to meet the various nutrients needed by the body, take less or try not to take supplements.
In addition, expectant mothers should also pay attention to the fact that many foods we think can improve constipation are not very useful:
For example, many people think that bananas can help defecation, but in fact, the dietary fiber of cooked bananas is not high, and does not help the function of defecation; while raw bananas are rich in tannic acid, but it is easy to cause constipation.
Honey water is also often considered a good helper for laxatives, but in fact only enough honey can have an effect. Honey contains a lot of sugar. For pregnant women, high-sugar diet is not healthy, but it is easy to cause problems such as diabetes during pregnancy.
Soybean milk, soy products are not suitable for constipation of expectant mothers. Excessive intake of soymilk and soy products may cause flatulence. Many expectant mothers have difficulty in defecation because there are a lot of gas in the stomach, and eating more soy products will only make defecation even more difficult.
2. drink more water. Dry stools can increase the difficulty of defecation, so it is important to get enough water. In the case of constipation, it is better to drink 10 to 12 cups a day, or drink some juice, especially plum juice, prune juice, which helps digestion, and then with a high-fiber diet, can accelerate the peristalsis of the intestines.
3. Exercise properly. Many expectant mothers become cumbersome in the second trimester or the third trimester, and they are less willing to exercise, which will also increase constipation. Mothers can do some more ease exercises, such as walking, swimming, yoga, etc. It is recommended to do it 2 to 3 times a week, 20 to 30 minutes each time (time and frequency can be adjusted according to their own situation), which is also beneficial. Improve the situation of constipation.
4, go to the toilet without the phone. Many mothers may have the habit of reading a book or watching the TV on phone. Usually, they may feel that there is no problem, but for the expectant mother who has constipation is not good. If staying in the toilet for too long, it will lead to hemorrhoids.
5, be relax, no pressure. Constipation for a long time will cause the expectant mother to be in a bad mood and irritability. Every time she has a defecation, she will feel nervous. This will make the defecation more difficult and even aggravate the hemorrhoids. Therefore, expectant mothers don't have to worry too much about constipation. Don't put pressure on themselves. If you can't get out of it, don't stay in the toilet all the time. You can drink more water and exercise more. When you really want, go to the toilet.
6. If the above method still do not relieve constipation symptoms, mothers may consider using drugs to improve constipation. Although there are many OTC drugs for constipation, it is recommended that mothers must contact the doctor before using any drugs to rule out other causes, and then use the drugs according to the doctor's advice and guidance. Doctors generally recommend constipation pregnant women to take laxatives such as Metamucil, or lactulose that helps increase intestinal moisture and help laxatives.