Discomfort during pregnancy

Constipation

Pregnancy is often accompanied by a slowing of intestinal transit. Early in the pregnancy, it is linked to hormone changes that cause a certain laziness of the digestive tract. Then, as the pregnancy progresses, the uterus puts increasing pressure on the intestines, which also slows down their activity. Iron supplements, which are often prescribed during pregnancy, may cause severe constipation. Normal intestinal transit may not return until two to three months after the birth.

While already unpleasant itself, constipation can also lead to hemorrhoids: it is therefore important that you stimulate your intestinal transit. To do this, begin the day with a tall glass of orange juice, drink a lot of water, eat prunes and adopt a diet rich in fiber (fruit, vegetables, whole grains, bran etc.).You should also do a low-intensity physical activity (walking, swimming) on a daily basis. Finally, go to the bathroom without waiting as soon as you feel the need. If the symptoms persist or hemorrhoids appear, speak to your doctor about it at your next pregnancy check-up.

 

 

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