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Home Remedies for Constipation during Pregnancy

Constipation during pregnancy is a common problem which is found in approx. 50% of pregnant women. Hormonal changes and a side-effect of medicines are the major causes. Here we are with some of the home remedies for constipation during pregnancy that can keep you away from this problem in this tenure. Before we go to remedies we need to know the cause in depth. So here is a snapshot!

Causes of Constipation during Pregnancy

  • The major reason is, during pregnancy the progesterone hormone level elevates which makes the smooth muscles relaxed inside the intestine. For this reason, the food and waste material inside the intestine makes a slow movement in passage to other organs in the system. This enhances water absorption in the bowel which results in constipation.
  • Moreover, the uterus expands in size during the second trimester which exerts pressure on other organs in the abdominal region. Intestine comes under huge pressure by an expanded and heavy uterus which distracts the movement of food and waste materials. Rectum is also affected by it.
  • All pregnant women are given iron tablets which stimulate the factor of constipation. Also, some other drugs, medicines and changed food habits play a vital role.

What is safe to take for constipation during pregnancy?

  • Pregnant women should consume around 30 grams of dietary fibre if suffering from constipation
  • Fresh fruits
  • Whole grain foods like bread
  • Lentils
  • Beans
  • Peas

When does constipation start during pregnancy?

As progesterone levels increase during pregnancy, it leads to the relaxation of muscles in your bowels, as soon as these levels rise, constipation is likely to occur in pregnant women.

How to pass hard stool during pregnancy?

  • Drink as much fluids as you can such as prune juice or water
  • Include any kind of physical activity such as walking 
  • Increase fiber in your diet

Can constipation hurt the baby during pregnancy?

Usually, it does not lead to any problem for the baby however in some cases serious complications such as rectal bleeding or rectal fissures may occur. Constipation may get worse from 1st trimester to second and third trimester as the pregnancy progresses, uterus grows and progesterone levels increases

Is it safe to take stool softeners to treat pregnancy constipation?

Yes, stool softeners are usually considered safe during pregnancy, as it can make the passing of stool easier as the muscles in the bowel becomes weak.

Foods to eat:

  • Fibre rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, lentils,  whole grain items such as bread etc
  • Prune juice
  • Protein rich foods such as soyabean

Foods to avoid:

  • Too much calcium such as excess of dairy products
  • Alcohol
  • Fast or fried food
  • Red meat etc.

Now, we will discuss some of the effective home remedies for constipation during pregnancy.

Home Remedies for Constipation during Pregnancy:

1. High-Fibre Diet:

  • You should consume 25 gm to 30 gm of fibre-rich Fruit, vegetables, cereals, whole grain bread, prunes and bran are suggestible.
  • Currant or Munakka is very good. Take 10 pieces of Currant and then boil it with milk, approx. make it 1 glass full. Now you may eat the currants and have the milk before sleep at night. Repeating this for 3 to 4 days recovers constipation to a higher extent. This is one of the best home remedies for constipation during pregnancy.
  • Taking prune juice regularly eases constipation. It also provides nutrition to pregnant woman. You can also mix it with water or orange juice.

2. Increase water or liquid intake:

Higher intake of fluid is very important for everybody and especially for those who are pregnant. Every day take 6 to 8 glass of water to keep the body hydrated. A properly hydrated body has a lesser chance of constipation.

  • Before bed, you may take lukewarm water which helps to easy bowel movement. Along with that, you may boil ajwain or carom seeds to get the best result.
  • Boil fennel/sauf together in water. After that put off the flame and add a tablespoon full of desi ghee. Before sleep drink this in luke warm condition. The combination of fennel and ghee is natural stool softener.
  • Having herbal tea or a cup of hot water with a little lemon juice (a natural laxative) or honey may stimulate your colon as well.
  • Keep water in the copper pot throughout the night and then intake the same at morning with empty stomach. It works for some people and there is no harm even if you make it a part of your morning routine.
  • Mix two spoons of Aloe Vera gel with any juice. It’s best to use pure aloe Vera gel from the plant. But if not feasible, you can take one available in the market. Drinking this mixture also works as a wonder for relieving from constipation.

3. Yoga or exercise:

You can do some prenatal yoga or exercise or walk for stimulating intestine in moving bowels. Walking or freehand exercise, at least thrice a week is important. But take permission from a doctor for the same. And don’t try it if you have any complications.

4. Iron supplements:

Take natural iron supplements foods so that your doctor can reduce iron tablet dosage.

What you should not do during pregnancy to get relieved from Constipation     

Never take any constipation or laxative pills to get relief from constipation. As such pills make urine contraction which may lead to dehydration. You also should not have any mineral oil rich food as it reduces absorption of nutrition. Do not have spicy and oily food as it has a natural tendency to harden the bowel movement.

Last but not least, relax and be stress free as much as you can, eat well and have lots of green vegetables, fruits and don’t overwork. Increase your intake of water and juices than normal and off course do exercise, keep the movement on that will not only help in relieving constipation but a smoother delivery as well.

Every Pregnancy is different, if you have been through it and want to share please do so, as it can help many anxious to be moms.

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This post is part of my this years Blogchatter MyfriendAlexa Challenge.

This Post Has 21 Comments

  1. Sadvika Kylash

    Very useful tips for this. I will sure pass it

  2. Alpana Deo

    Constipation in general is uncomfortable. Bring pregnancy into picture, and the discomfort goes to its next level. Most of the time, we pay close attention to our eating habits while breastfeeding but we should be taking care of it from pregnancy itself. Later its for the baby but initially it is for our health.

    -Alpana Deo

  3. Harjeet Kaur

    Very good information for pregnant women. Constipation is very annoying at that time. Drinking lots of fluids and fiber-rich food is the key I guess

  4. Anjali Tripathi

    Informative post for all pregnant women. There are a whole host of remedies available for relieving constipation. But when pregnancy’s involved, the number of solutions shrinks. Here you have mentioned safe treatments and home remedies that women can use to relieve the discomfort during pregnancy.

  5. Roma

    I didn’t know this when I was pregnant and battled constipation, glad that you chose to write on this it will surely help so many

  6. Surbhi Prapanna

    Constipation is a common during pregnancy and many women suffer from it during that period. I believe if women maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes mild exercise, healthy diet and intake of proper fluids, then this problem can be resolved easily even without use of any medication. very well written post.

  7. Cindy D'Silva

    Oh this is some good pointers. Will forward to my friend who has been having constipation for a while now. During pregnancy and after too.

  8. Gurjeet Chhabra

    This is really great informative post ,in my pregnancy time . I have suffered a lot from this constipation problem.

  9. Ishieta

    This is a helpful post. My cousin is facing this issue and found your article. She is trying this out and i am certain she will find benefit and relief without having to resort to any medication.

  10. Dr.Amrita

    Constipation is a serious problem and ideally good bowel habits should be a part of everyone’s life.Talking to own obstetrician before any medication or natural remedy is essential as some products can cause premature labour too!

  11. Milan Singhal

    A really helpful post for pregnant ladies. I am going to share this with my pregnant cousin who complains about this issue, I am sure she will find a remedy.

  12. Cindy Dsilva

    Oh this is quite good for my friend. She has been having constipation since a few months during her pregnancy. Will forward to her.

  13. Swati Mathur

    Constipation is the most common problem during pregnancy and this can actually make pregnancy really difficult. These remedies are very useful so thanks a lot for sharing will fwd this post to needed people.

  14. Rahul Prabhakar

    Constipation is a common problem for females during their pregnancy. Your remedies can help a lot of women who are facing acute constipation and cannot pass gas properly.

  15. MeenalSonal Mathur

    With many body changes and added medications constipation adds to the worry in the pregnancy. Your blog post has home remedies and practical tips to overcome it.

  16. Sindhu Vinod Narayan

    Constipation was one of the major hurdles i faced during pregnant and post delivery. I. Used to take guava everyday. All your pointers regarding fibre rich diet help. In easing the problem

  17. Monidipa Dutta

    I don’t know a thing about pregnancy but your post was incredibly helpful for knowledge. However, this remedies are simple yet wonderful.

  18. Bedabrata Chakraborty

    What a helpful post is this . Forwarding this post to all my lady friends who would surely thank you

  19. Annie Arora

    Indeed a very extensive and informative post for pregnant ladies. Will surely share with my pregnant friends.

  20. Hansa Kajaria

    This a very detailed and informative post and indeed will be helpful for expecting moms who are suffering frm this issue. Thankfully in both my pregnancies I didn’t have to suffer from this problem..

  21. Snigdha

    In both of my pregnancy I was having constipation issue . The home remedies you have mentioned are really helpful.

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