One of the problems that can plague the pregnant woman is constipation, affecting up to 40% of women. As if you didn’t have enough going on “in your middle” already! This in part is due to increased progesterone causing smooth muscle relaxation and a decrease in gastrointestinal (GI) function. In addition, dehydration due to nausea/ morning sickness, the growing uterus and it’s stress on abdominal structures and the iron in your prenatal vitamins may also be to responsible.
That being said here are a few things to help with those stubborn bowels:
This list is not exhaustive as there are other foods that you may add based on your preference, culture and diet, for example, grains for those not on a gluten free or paleo diet. Many cultures and traditions stress the need for drinking warm liquids, specific teas, tisanes and herbs during this time to aid with hydration and bowel function.
In addition to these foods please do not forget the importance of MOVING! That’s right… EXERCISE. Walking, yoga, dancing… whatever you prefer. Try to move at least 20-30 minutes daily. The benefits are amazing!
What teas or foods did you consume during pregnancy? Comment below to share.