How to relieve constipation during pregnancy
Of all the potential side effects of pregnancy, constipation can be one of the most irritating. It’s believed that about half of all women experience constipation during pregnancy(1), so if you’re feeling it, you’re not alone. This article will discuss how to avoid constipation and stay regular while you’re pregnant.
WHY PREGNANCY CAN MAKE YOU CONSTIPATED
The same hormones that help your body adjust to carrying a baby by expanding your uterus could also be relaxing your intestinal muscles and causing difficulties in the bathroom. Combine that with an increase in stress, anxiety, and getting less physical exercise than you’re used to, and that’s a recipe for constipation.(2)
You may also be experiencing constipation during your pregnancy if your healthcare provider has prescribed you iron pills, which are known to cause constipation. If you’re taking iron, talk to your healthcare provider about constipation relief.
WHAT TO DO ABOUT PREGNANCY-RELATED CONSTIPATION
1. Get more fiber. One of the best actions you can take when you feel constipated is to add more fiber to your diet. Some of the most fiber-rich foods are: almonds, lima beans, broccoli, chia seeds, brussels sprouts, chickpeas, and avocados (along with many more). Adding a psyllium-based fiber supplement like Metamucil to your diet can also help boost your fiber intake and keep you regular.*
2. Drink more water. Water more important than ever during pregnancy, as it helps deliver essential nutrients to your baby. On top of that, it is also important to drink enough water to ensure that the fiber you eat can do its job and keep your system moving.(3)
3. Exercise. If you’ve ever felt the sudden need to use the bathroom when exercising, you know how getting your heart rate up can get your bowels active. Adding just 10-15 minutes of walking to your daily routine can help get things moving and relive constipation.(4)
4. Plan a destressing activity. Pregnancy can be stressful enough without worrying about constipation. Do an activity that helps you destress, like taking a warm bath or joining a prenatal yoga class.
METAMUCIL CAN HELP!
If you’re experiencing pregnancy-related constipation, we recommend you try adding some Metamucil to your diet every day to help get and keep you regular*. The psyllium fiber in Metamucil forms a gel to trap and remove the waste that weighs you down*, leaving you feeling lighter** and more able to enjoy this special time in your life. See why Metamucil is the #1 OB/GYN recommended fiber supplement today!‡
As with all lifestyle changes during pregnancy, check with your healthcare provider before starting any new routine.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
** Survey of 291 adults who self-reported that they felt lighter, after completing the Metamucil Two Week Challenge
‡Among recommendations in a ProVoice survey 2018 (OTC therapeutic fiber category)
1Constipation During Pregnancy: Causes and Prevention." American Pregnancy Association. January 27, 2016. Accessed May 24, 2019. https://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-health/constipation-during-pregnancy/ 2https://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-health/constipation-during-pregnancy/ 3https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/constipation/treatment 4https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/common-causes-of-constipation
*THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION. THIS PRODUCT IS NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT, CURE, OR PREVENT ANY DISEASE.
†Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 7 grams of soluble fiber per day from psyllium husk, as in Metamucil, may reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol. One serving of Metamucil has 2.4 grams of this soluble fiber. One serving of Metamucil capsules has at least 1.8 grams of this soluble fiber.
**Survey of 291 adults who self-reported that they felt lighter and more energetic after completing the Metamucil Two Week Challenge.
^P&G calculation based in part on data reported by Nielsen through its ScanTrack Service for the Digestive Health category for the 52-week period ending 04/27/19, for the total U.S. market, xAOC, according to the P&G custom product hierarchy. Copyright © 2019, The Nielsen Company.