By Gina Fox, FGHG Naturopath & Nutritionist
Constipation is more than annoying in pregnancy. It’s important to treat constipation during pregnancy early to avoid extra pressure which may lead to varicose veins or haemorrhoids. It can also cause headaches, cramping or pain and generally make you feel more tired.
It’s one of the conditions I see most commonly during pregnancy and is caused by the action of the hormones decreasing gut motility and extra pressure on the bowel. There can be other possible contributing factors such as dehydration or a low fibre diet and is often easily remedied so that the bowels are fully emptying daily.
Here are 6 gentle remedies you can try at home:
- Chew food thoroughly and eat slowly.
- Drink plenty of fluids (at least 2 litres a day).
- Enjoy a high fibre diet with fresh fruit and vegetables, legumes like lentils, and wholegrains like sourdough breads.
- Try adding 2 dessertspoons of ground flaxseeds to your porridge, yogurt or cereal.
- Add in 2 dried prunes or figs to your diet daily.
- Exercise regularly with daily walking. A gentle pre-natal yoga can be especially beneficial in the second or third trimester.
If you need more help come in and see one of our naturopaths who will assess the cause and treat accordingly.
by Gina Fox, FGHG Naturopath
Gina is highly skilled in providing naturopathic care for women’s health issues, pre-conception health, infertility, IVF support, pregnancy care and through menopause. She treats a wide range of issues including recurrent miscarriage, thyroid, auto-immune antibodies and she has seen good results working with men to improve sperm quality. She also enjoys the post birth appointments with mother and baby, maximizing wellness for the whole family and educating parents on how to manage many common childhood illnesses. Her professional approach involves working in collaboration with doctors and specialists to create an effective co-ordinated treatment.