A common pregnancy ailment is constipation during pregnancy. Constipation stands for constipation and means that you have trouble with defecating. Many pregnant women suffer from this. Often in combination with hemorrhoids. Did you know that 85% of pregnant women get internal or external hemorrhoids? These are caused by the high pressure during pressing. Wondering how you can tackle constipation? Read our tips here!
What is constipation?
Constipation means that you have not regularly pooped for a longer period. But what is regular and how often does one go to the bathroom on average? This is very different. Some people can go to the bathroom no less than 3 times a day, while others accept 3 times a week. Many people are of the opinion that you should be able to go to the bathroom once every day to be healthy, but that is not necessarily a requirement. You suffer from constipation when you stay for more than 3 months:
- Have a difficult bowel movement (you have to press hard and you have pain during relief).
- Have hard and dry stools.
- The feeling that you can not empty your intestines properly.
- You can defecate less than twice a week.
In addition, you suffer from hemorrhoids (noticeable by some blood loss especially during wiping) and abdominal pain.
What happens in your gut during constipation?
When you suffer from constipation during pregnancy, your stool remains in the gut longer than is actually the intention. The result is that the stool becomes harder and drier because the moisture is extracted. And this makes it difficult to get the stool out again.
When suffering from blockages during pregnancy?
In most cases constipation occurs in the beginning of the pregnancy. The constipation in the first weeks is mainly caused by hormonal changes in the body and in particular by the hormone progesterone. In addition to constipation during the first trimester, you can also suffer from it in the third trimester because your uterus and baby are so large that your intestines get into oppression.
Causes constipation during pregnancy
There are various causes for constipation during pregnancy:
- Hormonal changes and especially the hormone progesterone ensures that the intestines work less optimally.
- Growing uterus and baby causing your intestines to become oppressed.
- Less physical exercise than before.
- Pressure of organs on your intestines.
- A change in your blood circulation.
- Irregular living.
Is constipation dangerous during pregnancy?
In principle, constipation during pregnancy is not very dangerous. It happens a lot. First try to follow our tips on constipation, probably this can help very well. Do you really have such problems such as abdominal pain and a huge feeling of discomfort during a number of weeks, then inform your doctor. In addition, it is wise to inform your doctor if you notice the following symptoms:
- Blood in the stool.
- Longer than 3 weeks a different bowel movement than before (for example, only twice a week).
- You can not properly empty your gut during unloading.
- Abdominal pain, low appetite and weight loss.
In very rare cases the constipation lasts for weeks and that can be dangerous. So keep an eye on it.