This is a common issue that can occur for some during pregnancy. It is caused by the hormonal changes that one experiences during pregnancy. Pressure is placed on the colon by the enlarging uterus and this can often cause the colon to be displaced making bowel movements difficult.
By making small changes in your diet and exercise routine you can aid in alleviating the discomfort:
- Include more whole grains, vegetable, fruits and legumes such as beans, lentils and peas. The added fiber will help you 'move' more regularly.
- Consume warm or hot fluids, ensure that you are getting you adequate 8 - 12 cups of fluid a day (this can include cooler liquids as well).
- Keep moving; maintain an active lifestyle which can include walking, strength training and stretching.
- Avoid using laxatives. You should only use them if they are prescribed to you by your doctor or physician.