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So a little birdie told me you’re pregnant. Congratulations! Being pregnant is one of the most exciting things a woman can go through. Feeling life bloom inside of you, however, like anything it comes with a few downsides. One downside of being pregnant is constipation. Yes, I said it, constipation! I know no one wants to talk about their bowel movements, but what can I say— I’m feeling bold today!
There is a whole slew of things that can lead to pregnancy constipation including hormones and stress. Hormones and stress pretty much sum up a pregnant woman, doesn’t it? Her hormones are free flowing making even little things seem stressful. Another thing that can lead to pregnancy constipation is prenatal vitamins. Yes, those nutrient rich pills are great for providing nutrients to your future little all star (even before pregnancy), but the iron in them can damper your digestive track. While I was pregnant I came across a few tips that helped get things moving “down under”.
Drinking more fluids is another way to get things moving “down under”. Not drinking enough fluids can cause anyone to have constipation let alone a pregnant woman. Aiming for more than 10 cups of water (or none diuretic fluids) a day should help loosen up that knot in your stomach.
The first thing that can help pregnancy constipation is to exercise more. Yes, moving your body gets things “moving” in your intestines too. Don’t go buck wild, but pregnancy yoga, swimming, or just walking around the block a few times a week can help relieve constipation.
Eat More Fiber
Eating more fiber can help pregnancy constipation. Fruit and vegetables can be a pregnant woman’s best friend. Not only do they contain water which also helps constipation, they contain fiber. Fiber helps last nights dinner smoothly flow down and out.
One of my favorite fiber supplements is Benefiber. The orange flavored chewable tablets are decent tasting and the regular powder kind mixes tastelessly into drinks. When I was really desperate I would chew some of those cherry or orange flavored prunes (I think the natural flavor is disgusting!) real fast and then swallow them with water. They seemed to help in combination with some of these other tips.
Also, there are plenty of cereals and breads that are high in fiber. They usually have a big label on them saying they have fiber in them or say whole grain or bran.
Restore helps strengthen tight junctions in the gut wall which allows good gut bacteria to grow and flourish. However, it is not a probiotic or a prebiotic that I am so fond of. It is a non-toxic, plant derived mineral supplement in liquid form.
The taste isn’t horrible but it isn’t a soda pop either. What I like to do is fill up a medication measuring cup (like the ones that come with kid medicines) to the correct dosage and then fill it up the rest of the way with water. I take it like a shot and it’s not bad at all.
I love Restore and will be continuing to buy it. As some one that has been constipated since childhood, this is one of the only natural products that I have found that actually work for me. For me, it is better than a probiotic and much more natural than a laxative. It keeps things moving the way they should!
Please talk to your doctor before taking Restore and about any discomforts you may be experiencing. Your doctor may be able to suggest some things that can help relieve your pregnancy constipation. They can also give you the correct dosage for supplements or possibly lower the iron content in your prenatal vitamins.
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.