Constipation during pregnancy: how to treat it

Constipation during pregnancy: how to treat it
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Constipation affects 50% of pregnant women. The problem: during pregnancy, many medications are forbidden or not recommended, even very natural remedies such as essential oils, which should mainly be avoided during this period. So which natural laxatives can a woman take during her pregnancy to help with constipation?

During pregnancy, a woman’s body produces a specific hormone: progesterone, which has an anti-spasmodic effect, which reduces the contractions of the uterus. However, this hormone can equally relax the intestinal muscles, which slows down intestinal transit.

1) Apples

Apples contain pectin, which promotes intestinal function and softens the stools, making them easier to evacuate.

Eat an apple a day, morning or evening after dinner, either raw or stewed.

2) Bananas

Bananas provide fibre and potassium, which is in fact an excellent natural laxative. One banana provides 12% of your recommended daily amount of fibre. What’s more, it’s properties promote digestion and excretion.

3) Prunes

It’s well known that prunes, either raw or cooked, make for a very effective natural laxative. During periods of constipation, eat 3 to 4 prunes a day, ideally organic and boiled in water.

4) Water and exercise

Drink at least 1.5 litres of water per day and keep up regular physical exercise such as walking, so as to promote intestinal transit.

If you are still constipated after trying these 4 natural remedies (choosing organic ingredients where possible), consult your doctor.