Tips to Combat Constipation and Other Not So Pleasant Side Effects of Pregnancy

Pregnancy is one of the most beautiful times of a woman’s life. All mothers are excited about welcoming their bundle of joy, though some women find that coping with pregnancy is difficult because it can bring unpleasant symptoms. Constipation, hemorrhoids, nausea, vomiting, and insomnia are some of the symptoms a woman often experiences during pregnancy. Below is a list of ways that you can cope with some of these unpleasant symptoms.

The hormonal changes you are experiencing right now can slow down the rate at which food moves through your digestive tract which is why it is common for women to experience constipation during their pregnancy. The growing uterus can also worsen constipation. Additionally, doctors and midwives often recommend taking iron-containing prenatal vitamins which can also lead to constipation.
In many cases, constipation can be resolved by making a few lifestyle changes. You can keep yourself regular by eating foods that are high in fiber. Dried fruits, legumes, fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grain foods are all high in fiber. Strive to get 25 to 35 grams of fiber every day.
You may also find that eating smaller meals is helpful for you. Eating smaller meals may not only help alleviate constipation, but can also help reduce bloating and gas. Additionally, regular exercise can help prevent constipation.

Hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels that develop in the rectal area. This problem can be caused by hormonal changes and can also be triggered by constipation. If you strain while you are going to the bathroom, then you will be more likely to develop hemorrhoids. One of the best things you can do to prevent yourself from developing hemorrhoids is to eat fiber-rich foods. If possible, you should try to use the bathroom as soon as you get the urge to. This will prevent you from straining, which helps prevent hemorrhoids. An obstetrician might also suggest applying an ice pack to the affected area to bring some relief. You can also soak in warm water for 10 to 15 minutes per day. If home care measures do not bring relief, then you should consult with your healthcare provider.

Morning Sickness
It is common for women to experience mild nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. This is often referred to as morning sickness even though it can occur during any time of the day. Morning sickness typically goes away after the first trimester ends. However, some women experience nausea and vomiting throughout their entire pregnancy. Dr. Gilbert Webb recommends speaking with your physician if you continue to have nausea after the first trimester.
Make sure you drink plenty of fluids. Ginger ale and water are some of the best beverages for an upset stomach. Snacking on crackers can also help. Additionally, it is best to choose foods that are high in protein and carbohydrates. Fatty foods are harder to digest, which may worsen morning sickness.

There are several reasons a woman may struggle to sleep during pregnancy. You may find it uncomfortable to sleep because of your growing belly and back pain. The frequent trips to the restroom can also make it hard to get the proper amount of sleep, and baby kicks can be annoying and hard to ignore.
A new mother may find that sleeping is more comfortable if you use extra pillows. Exercise during the day may also make it easier for you to sleep at night, and drinking a warm glass of milk before bed can help you get a good night’s rest.

Even though pregnancy can be very exciting, it often causes unwanted changes in a woman’s body. Insomnia, morning sickness, constipation, and hemorrhoids are a few of the symptoms may come along with being pregnant. Fortunately, lifestyle changes can make it easier to cope with your new motherhood. Just make sure you talk to your doctor and find changes that work for you.

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  1. Ronak on September 24, 2015

    It is really an informative blog. Thanks for sharing.