Constipation in pregnancy
As your uterus grows it puts pressure on your rectum, progesterone slows down your digestive system and if you are dehydrated, eating a low fibre diet, or taking iron pills for anemia then one, or all of these factors may cause constipation during your pregnancy. Constipation can lead to haemorrhoids
(Piles) that can be painful, itchy and make for a very uncomfortable pregnancy. It is important to add dried fruits to your diet (such as, prunes, apricots, dates and figs) to help maintain regularity and to drink lots of water to stay hydrated. According to EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) a pregnant woman should drink 2.3 litres of water a day and when lactating 2.7 litres of water per day. It is also important to maintain your levels of essential minerals and salts to ensure the water you drink is absorbed at a cellular level and maintains your optimum level of hydration.
We at Baby Bump Care recommend the three following products combined as part of your Baby Bump Care routine to prevent constipation:
Bonvit Psyllium Husks 500mg provide increased dietary fibre more gentle than bran, acts as a mild laxative just sprinkle in your cereal or smoothe each day to help keep you regular
Herbs of Gold Slippery Elm 400mg Capsules Traditionally used for reflux, Slippery Elm coates the digestive tract with mucilage soothing, protecting and improving digestive function including bowel function
Progurt Magnease Mineral Concentrate 100ml in its ionic liquid formula allows easier absorption of essential minerals including magnesium promoting more effective bowel function.
Please follow the links to learn more about these products at Baby Bump Care.
For treatment always consult your Midwife or Doctor