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Ten ways to improve your digestion when you are pregnant

written by Vidya Sury July 6, 2011

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Pregnancy is a wonderful time – yet it brings a whole lot of discomforts with it. After all, the body goes through so many changes. The system gets slower and doesn’t seem as efficient as it used to be. This includes infrequent bowel movements, among others. 

What happens is, during pregnancy, your digestive system also changes, slowing down because the pregnancy hormones result in causing your stomach and intestinal walls to relax. Also, it is important to be conscious about drinking enough fluid – which is something lots of pregnant women don’t realize. As if this weren’t enough, the iron in your prenatal vitamins, and the growing uterus putting pressure on your rectum are also things your system has to deal with.

So – the moral of this short story is: pregnant women’s bodies have a challenge on their hands.

And the good news? Here are ten ways to make your digestion easier when you’re pregnant:

  1. Make sure you drink at least eight large glasses of water during the day.
  2. Add enough fruits and vegetables to your diet. Prunes are great
  3. Load up on fiber to make life easy for your intestines. This means whole grains like oats, barley, brown rice.
  4. Go easy on refined carbohydrates like flour and sugar
  5. Cheese can make you feel constipated. So, avoid processed cheese
  6. Go for nuts and seeds, ground.
  7. Get regular exercise on a daily basis. You could walk for at least 20 minutes
  8. Keep stress under control
  9. If you have to go to the bathroom, please go.
  10. For those tough digestion days, go for a natural remedy. Soak a tablespoon of flaxseeds in water and drink. Or try prune juice.

It all boils down to this: drink lots of water, eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables – and get enough exercise. And feel the difference!

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Vidya Sury

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