How To Avoid Constipation When Pregnant?
One of the most common problems for pregnant women is constipation. Thanks to relaxed intestinal muscles caused by hormonal changes, low fiber diet, a more sedentary lifestyle and stress, pregnancy creates a perfect storm for constipation to rear it’s ugly head.
However, just because constipation is a common problem, doesn’t make it any more enjoyable for the pregnant woman who is suffering from it. Read on for more tips on how to deal with constipation and how to make things a little bit more tolerable! You will be glad you did!
Most doctors recommend that pregnant women try to combat their constipation with lifestyle changes, such as drinking more water, getting more exercise, or improving their diets. Also, ask your doctor if you should get an iron supplement to help combat your constipation.
However, that doesn’t always work, so what are the other options for pregnant women? Pregnant women will be happy to know that over the counter laxatives like Metamucil have been approved for occasional usage by pregnant women.
This is great news for pregnant women who are struggling with constipation, which is virtually almost all pregnant women, especially in the first and third trimesters! While certain laxatives have been approved for use by pregnant women, not all of them have been approved, so it is important to check with your doctor when it comes to your personal preference of stool softeners and laxatives.
Metamucil is also known as psyllium, and it is a bulk-forming laxative. It works by drawing water into the stool and acting as a stool softener. Metamucil comes in capsule form, wafer form, or powder form. If you choose the powder form, you will need to mix it with water.
This will create a very high fiber drink, with about 3 grams of fiber per serving. This will make going to the bathroom much easier. However, there is a drawback. Some women can become dependent on Metamucil and other psyllium laxatives, and find that they are not able to produce a bowel movement without taking the laxative.
This can be avoided by making sure to only use Metamucil for occasional use and not every day. Metamucil has a category B classification for pregnancy, which means that there were no adverse effects found in animal studies, but no controlled studies exist for pregnant women.
Dr. Lynette Weiss is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician and Scientific Director. She is certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
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