During pregnancy your entire digestive system slows down. The good news is that food stays in your intestines for a longer time and more nutrients are absorbed. The bad news is that the feces that stays around too long may become hard, dry, and difficult to eliminate. You may have irregular bowel movements, constipation, and hemorrhoids. |
To help alleviate this condition you must consume more fiber and fluids. Fiber acts as a sponge and absorbs water. Increasing fiber in the diet adds bulk to the stool, therefore making the stool softer and easier to eliminate from the body. The average American diet contains approximately 10-15 grams of fiber each day, but the recommended amount is 25-35 grams. Try to gradually increase the amount of fiber in your diet to 28 grams each day.
If you are experiencing problems with constipation, try the following tips.
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