What to Eat when Constipated
Constipation is very common to those who have insufficient dietary fiber and inadequate fluid intake. This is characterized by the passage of hard, dry and sometimes painful stools. Patients may experience bloating, headaches, low back pain, and/or sense of rectal fullness from incomplete evacuation of feces. Being constipated is not fun at all. I experienced this at its worst now that I am pregnant. Pregnancy is a common contributor to constipation and could make pregnancy more uncomfortable. The increased size of the uterus hormonal changes, intake of calcium and iron containing prenatal vitamins and a reduction in physical activity are all considered contributing factors to constipation during pregnancy.
Constipation during pregnancy can cause rectal bleeding which could be alarming however this is caused by a little tear (fissure) in the anal canal. Rectal bleeding could really happen when one strains too much however, rectal bleeding rarely means there is a problem with pregnancy. Vaginal bleeding, on the other hand, can mean something is seriously wrong.
I told the doctor before about having trouble with it and asked her if I can just use laxative though I am aware I could since the effect is just local and not systemic and would do no harm to the baby however I still want to hear her advice. She told me it is ok but what about tomorrow or the next day. She suggested I would rather resort to fruits and avoid caffeinated fluids. Increase fiber intake as well like whole grain breads, cereals, beans, prunes, peas and carrots. She also told me to eat papaya every day, papaya alone is a great help. Before going home after my follow-up check-up I dropped by to buy papaya. It worked in the morning and was indeed very helpful!
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