Can constipation hurt my unborn baby?
If you’re really constipated late on in pregnancy, there is a small chance that you could trigger the uterus to begin contractions. This would be rare, but I know it’s a consideration for some ‘high’ risk’ situations where you would not want the mother to begin labour (such as any medical issue where they are going to do a mandatory c-section).
About half all all pregnant women become constipated during their pregnancy. There is really nothing to worry about the constipation is more of a annoyance to you and doesn’t hurt your unborn baby. Do not take any form of laxatives without consulting your doctor , instead try some prune juice, drink enough water at least the recommended amount per each day. Eating food that are high in fiber will help resolve your issue as well, Eating fruits can help as well.
If it’s any consolation, constipation is a common problem during pregnancy. One culprit is an increase in the hormone progesterone, which slows the movement of food through your digestive tract. And the problem may be compounded later in pregnancy by the pressure of your growing uterus on your rectum. Iron supplements can make constipation worse. Here are some tips for preventing and easing constipation: • Eat high-fiber foods such as cereals, whole-grain breads, and fresh fruits and vegetables every day. Add a couple of tablespoons of unprocessed wheat bran (available at health food stores) to your cereal in the morning and follow it with a glass of water. • Drink plenty of water — at least six to eight glasses a day. A glass of fruit juice every day, especially prune juice, can also be helpful. • Exercise regularly. Walking, swimming, riding on a stationary bike, and yoga can all help ease constipation and leave you feeling more fit and healthy. • Listen to your body. Never put off g