Constipation and pregnancy: what solutions?

Constipation and pregnancy: what solutions?

While everything was fine before your pregnancy, since you were pregnant, you suffer from intestinal laziness. Here are some tips to boost your transit and find the way to the toilet ...

Why does pregnancy promote constipation?

Your transit has been idling since you were pregnant? You may not expect it but you are not the only one! Nearly one in two mothers is concerned. Four main reasons for this constipation called "functional":

  • Progesterone, secreted in abundance during pregnancy, has the property of slowing the transi.
  • Abdominal compression exercised by your baby may interfere with the operation of the transit and cause constipation.
  • Lack of exercise and movements, especially at the end of pregnancy, contributes to intestinal laziness.
  • Some supplements, iron, for example, can slow down your transit.

How to improve your pregnant transit?

  • Udo better food: eat more vegetables (raw vegetables, green vegetables, salad ...) and fruits. You will enjoy not only their fiber, but also their wealth of vitamins and minerals. Your savior for sure: the prune! Known for its laxative properties, it contains 4 to 5 times more fiber than a fresh fruit. Other fruits with laxative properties: rhubarb, fresh fig and plum. On the other hand, avoid the banana which has the opposite virtues. Also think of cereals and wholemeal bread, rich in fiber.
  • Good hydration: good hydration allows your stool to swell and therefore limits the risk of intestinal laziness. By drinking six to eight glasses of water a day, or 1.5 liters, you will help your transit to regulate itself. Opt for a water rich in minerals like Hépar, but flee the sparkling waters that can promote bloating. If you have trouble drinking so much water in the day, start with a big drink on waking, then alternate with tea, herbal tea, broth ... and know that, contrary to an idea received, drink during meals. is not at all inadvisable because it helps to hydrate food.
  • Some exercice : it's not a jog every morning, just walking at least 30 minutes a day to free your intestinal wall that will be "massaged". If your condition allows, take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Patience and common sense: in case of mild constipation it is sometimes enough to know how to take your time in the bathroom. If you do not know how to wait, take a book if needed. Another tip common sense: go to the bathroom as soon as you feel the urge, do not hold back on the pretext that this is not the right time.

And if it stuck again? Beware of laxatives during pregnancy

Make an appointment with your doctor. Prescription of laxatives during pregnancy is possible, but not all are recommended. Irritant laxatives enter the bloodstream, cross the placental barrier and can be dangerous. Even seemingly harmless products may fall into this category. They cause a temporary disappearance of constipation, but often cause diarrhea as they attack the lining of the intestine. This inflammation is responsible for an increase in the elimination of water and potassium, with consequent return of constipation. This forces a new use of laxatives, thus creating an infernal circle. In the long run, this treatment leads to a permanent irritation of the intestine with a disappearance of the spontaneous contractions of the latter and thus a chronic constipation.

Do not do self-medication. If necessary, your doctor will refer you to a gastroenterologist for further examinations.

Stéphanie Letellier