Tormenting constipation burden about a third of all pregnant women, especially in the last trimester of pregnancy and make this actually beautiful, expectant time an unpleasant and painful experience. The condition of constipation is one of the most common complaints in the gastrointestinal tract during pregnancy. Its formation is not clearly scientifically proven to date, but presumably several factors in combination justify the painful digestive problems.
Hormones inhibit internal muscular movement
One focus is certainly on the shift in hormone balance of a pregnant woman. Increasingly formed female sex hormones inhibit the movement of the entire inner musculature to protect the fetus in the uterus (which is also a muscle) from excessive shock. Of course, this also affects the intestinal wall, whose contractions are necessary for regular digestion.
Furthermore, it is suspected that altered eating and drinking habits, lack of exercise during the last trimester of pregnancy and the narrowing of the intestine by the greatly enlarged uterus are the cause of a disturbed digestive work.
Treatment of pregnancy constipation
Certain laxatives are absolutely taboo during an existing pregnancy, as some of the ingredients can trigger premature contractions of the uterus and thus pose a particularly high risk to the unborn child. It is better, therefore, to go with constipation phenomena once the natural way and to explicitly try to adapt the diet to the altered metabolism situation.
A wholesome and varied diet rich in vegetables and fruits contains many dietary fibers that stimulate and sustain intestinal activity. In addition, they also keep the blood sugar levels at a constant level, which prevents the many pregnant women well-known "cravings".
Sufficient exercise and a lot of drinking
A sufficient fluid intake of about two to three liters a day supports the work of dietary fibers in the intestine, as they swell up by the fluid and thus stimulate the intestinal activity. If you do not just want to drink water, there are many well tolerated digestive teas that will help your digestive tract in its work.
In addition, sufficient exercise also has a positive effect on intestinal activity - and the fresh air is good for your immune system.
Help from the pharmacy
In addition, preparations of Plantago ovata seed shells can be a solution: The powder from Indian psyllium is dissolved in water and, like the other dietary fibers also, for improved intestinal motility. Guar and lactose, which have a seat-regulating effect, are also very effective. In case of obstinate constipation, ask your pharmacist for advice on which remedy he can recommend to you - other, chemical laxatives are not recommended during pregnancy or even taboo for the reasons mentioned above.