Pregnancy is that stage in woman’s life when she carries a baby inside her. It is usually accompanied by various bodily and hormonal changes. The more popular ones are morning sickness -where the woman has the urge to throw up first thing in the morning- nausea, headaches, hot flushes, and increased desire to eat. The not so popular ones are those like constipation. Like it or not, this happens to many women as a result of either their eating habits -some eat lots of junk foods during pregnancy- or just irregular bowel movements.
Constipation usually continues even during the very early stages after delivery. The reasons behind the occurrence of constipation during the pregnancy phase and even after the delivery are varied. In post delivery cases, certain women end up tearing their rectal tissue during the process of birthing. This is usually repaired after she gives birth. However, the pain that accompanies this when she wants to pass stool can be intense. This could lead to an agonizingly, painful constipation for her. In some cases, because of the pain accompanying it, the women hold it in for a long period which actually ends up worsening the situation as it just leads to a build up of toxic waste in the colon.
Some other women who have caesarian section may find that their bowel movements are just deferred for a short period of time after delivery. Some other common factors are medicinal side effects, increased level of stress, changed diet, insufficient sleep, low fluid intake, and consumption of caffeinated fluids and drinks. To treat and possibly cure pregnancy constipation, there are various solutions.
Consuming and eating foods that are rich in fiber like fruits and vegetables is one way to avoid constipation; and exercise -avoid the stressful ones- such as walking around the block, is a great one as it reduces the incidence of bloating. Also, take in lots of fluid, as much as possible, and avoid caffeinated drinks as they only cause dehydration. Do take calcium or vitamin supplements specifically designed for pregnant women.
Another option is using stool softeners. Only use this in the short term as they can cause adverse effects when used for a long period of time. People who become so used to using laxatives usually end up having to rely on them for bowel movements. This is because the colon muscles simply refuse to contract and cause the normal bowel movements.
The normal fruits are becoming really useful in helping to treat constipation and making us feel healthier and live longer. These are the fruits that can help ease constipation:
1) Mangoes; this fruit is very popular in Africa. It works wonders in the treatment of constipation. It has never failed anyone who has used it as a natural remedy for constipation. Unfortunately, it is not readily available in all parts of the world as it is a fruit found only in the tropics. Eat one mango in the morning and last thing at night and you will have yourself an easy bowel movement.
2) Bael fruit; this works exceedingly well in the treatment of constipation. To commence treatment, consume the fruit on a daily basis for three months.
3) Pear; eat a medium-sized pear at breakfast or after dinner. It has been said that it is an effective home remedy in relieving constipation.
4) Guava; eat guava with the seeds. Take two on a daily basis. It helps with bowel evacuation.
You might also want to consider using herbal colon cleansers as they have longer lasting positive effects with no known side effects. There are some good natural supplements for colon health available in the market.