Pregnant and constipated
Your sluggish digestion can make you constipated, leaving you feeling heavy and and irritable. Try some of the following remedies:
- boost the fiber in your diet, eat more fresh fruit and vegetables, wholegrain bread and cereals
-increase your fluid intake by making sure you drink at least 4 pints=2 liters of water per day.
-exercise regularly. As little as 20 minutes walk each day can help relieve constipation
-bulking laxatives such as Metamucil or FiberAll are effective because they contain complex sugar compounds, which the human gut cannot digest. They absorb water, helping produce a bulkier, softer stool that can be passed without straining and discomfort
-laxatives containing senna are NOT recommended in pregnancy because they irritate the gut, which has the potential to trigger uterine contractions.
If you are constipated, you are more likely to strain in an attempt to empty your bowels and this can cause the hemorrhoids to swell, so make sure you drink plenty of water each day, increase your intake of fiber and exercise regularly. Lifting heavy weights can aggravate the problem. Over-the-counter creams that contain a lubricant and a light local anesthetic will help relieve the discomfort as can icepacks, particularly when you have had a long and tiring day.