Oh POOP. It’s just not something people like to talk about. And while pregnant, poop is something you just want to HAPPEN.
Constipation happens in about half of pregnancies. Between the increasing amount of the hormone progesterone and the pressure from the growing uterus that pushing on your rectum gives your pregnant body plenty of reason not too poop!
So, the question remains, how can you relieve constipation while pregnant?
Here are 10 Tips to Becoming a Super Duper Pooper:
1. Eat More High-Fiber Foods
Add whole grain breads and cereal to your diet as well as brown rice, beans and other fresh fruit and veggies.
2. FLAX SEED is Your Friend!
One of my pregnant co-workers dropped a baggie of a mysterious looking herb on my desk. “Sprinkle this on everything and you’ll poop like a pro!” Skinngirl, Bethenny Frankel and Dr. Oz are both flax seed fans!
3. Pop a Stool Softener
Make sure you talk to our doctor to confirm its okay to take. The stool softener will make your life a lot smoother. Pun intended.
4. You + Water = Become BFFS
Hydrate. Plan to pee, a lot (yes, I know you pee a ton already!). The water will make your poops softer and easier to pass.
5. Regular Exercise
From Web MD: Simply getting up and moving can help constipation. A regular walking regimen — even 10 to 15 minutes several times a day — can help your body and your digestive system function optimally. If you are already fit, you might opt for aerobic exercise: running, jogging, swimming, or swing dancing. All these exercises can help keep your digestive tract healthy. Stretching can also help alleviate constipation, as can certain yoga positions.