Bladder and bowel problems faced during Pregnancy

Getting pregnant is one of the wonderful feelings for every woman, with pregnancy, most of the women experience some unpleasant conditions of bladder and bowel problems, which include constipation, hemorrhoids or piles, frequent urination, etc. By maintaining a healthy diet, regular physical activities can help you to treat all the bladder and bowel problems during pregnancy. Below discussed are few problems and remedies to get rid of these problems.

Bladder and bowel problems faced during Pregnancy

Constipation

Constipation can due to the hormonal changes in your body, symptoms of constipation during pregnancy are similar to the normal symptoms of constipation, the pain and difficulty might be more during pregnancy.

The usual symptoms include:

  • Lower level of appetite
  • Number of bowel movements in one week is less than three
  • Many women face rectal bleeding due to forceful passage of hard feces
  • Pain or cramps in the lower abdominal region
  • Difficulty in excretion.
  • Rectal bleeding is a serious symptom and you should visit your doctor if you are facing such problems.

What you can do to relieve constipation

  1. Follow a high fiber diet
    Consume plenty of fresh and raw fruits and vegetables, preferably with skin, eat whole grains cereals, brown rice, dry fruits, legumes, beans and bread that are high in fiber content. They are also healthy for your beside help you fight constipation.
  1. Drink lots of fluids
    Drink 10-12 glasses of fluid throughout the day as they keep the solids moving through your digestive tract. It is good to have plenty of fluids. Warm liquids such as lukewarm lemon water would speed up the digestion process.
  1. Exercise
    Exercise is to stimulate the bowel movements and improve digestion. Low-intensity exercise such as walking yoga, swimming, can help ease constipation. Follow a regular exercise such as walking, yoga, swimming can help ease constipation. Following a regular exercise schedule suitable to your body also helps you prepare for your childbirth.
  1. Psyllium husk
    This is available at most pharmacy stores and contains mucilage, which makes the stools soft and easier to pass.
  1. Coconut oil
    Take a tablespoon of coconut oil or olive oil before each meal to soften and lubricate the stool.
  1. Yogurt
    Yogurt is rich in probiotic bacteria stimulates digestion and prevents gastrointestinal disorders.
  1. Honey
    Have a tablespoon of molasses and raw honey every day.
  1. Dandelion Tea
    This herbal tea is known to ease constipation. 

Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids also knew as ‘piles’, they are found in the lower rectum and anus with enlarged and swollen veins. Hemorrhoids can occur of constipation or due to the pressure of baby’s head.

Haemorrhoids can be uncomfortable, you may feel pain, itchy and they even bleed. If you have hemorrhoids you can feel a small lump around the anus. Sometimes you may feel as though your bowels are still full and need emptying. Pregnancy hemorrhoids usually disappear within weeks after birth.

How to ease hemorrhoids

The issue of constipation and hemorrhoids, during pregnancy, is very common, but you can avoid this problem if you know what to do for constipation during pregnancy. With a little effort, you can prevent this problem. You just have to make a few changes in your lifestyle.

  1. Drinkanat least 10-12 glass of water daily during your pregnancy. You can balance the amount of water by having regular fruit juices or other liquids based diet
  2. Eat plenty of food that is high in fiber, like wholemeal bread, fruit and vegetables, and drink plenty of water – this will prevent constipation, which can make them worse
  3. Avoid standing for long periods
  4. Move regularly to improve your circulation
  5. You may find it helpful to use a cloth wrung out in iced water to ease the pain – hold it gently against the hemorrhoids.

Frequent Urination              

During the early period of pregnancy frequent urination is often seen. In later pregnancy the need to frequently urinate results from the baby’s head pressing or resting on your bladder.

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