Constipation after pregnancy

Submitted by Jenifer on July 19, 2013

Going through a pregnancy can be one of the most trying experiences of a woman's life. Through a period of about 9 months, she will have to cope with complications such as hormone level fluctuations, the reshaping of her body as it prepares for the new being to exist within her uterus. When the baby has been born, however, does not signal the end of all the problems with the body.

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There are a number of conditions that are a regular concern for a number of women that fall into a category known as postpartum problems. One such medical grievance that a lot of new mothers have is constipation after pregnancy. Constipation will cause a very uneasy feeling in the stomach as the body attempts to get rid of all the waste that has collected in the intestines.


Studies have shown that almost about 60% of all mothers that have recently delivered are likely to experience constipation after pregnancy. There are a number of factors that cause the development of constipation after pregnancy. For instance, one of the most common factors responsible for the same is the kind of diet that the mother consumes.

Chronic constipation after a pregnancy can be easily controlled by making sure that you consume foods that are high in fiber content aided with a lot of water intake in order to help soften the stools. Your water intake should measure up to about 6 to 8 glasses a day while a daily glass of prune juice is also known to be helpful. Constipation can easily be the buildup of certain habits such as ignoring bowel movements over a long period of time. The most effective methods of how to treat constipation after pregnancy can also be achieved with the help of certain laxatives that can be easily purchased at your local medical store or even with the help of an enema. Walking is known to be one of the best forms of exercise for mothers. It also helps food move through the bowels, thereby making bowel movements that much easier. The faster the food is able to move through your system, the easier it is to expel through a bowel movement.

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