Constipation during pregnancy: our advice!

Pregnancy is a wonderful time but can also bring its share of inconveniences, among which constipation is one of the most common, along with nausea. Know that there are solutions to relieve this problem which can quickly become restrictive and above all very unpleasant for the mother-to-be!

In this blog article we address these different topics: What is the cause of constipation during pregnancy? What are the signs of constipation? H ow to relieve pregnancy constipation? Or massage to have a bowel movement? Abdominal massage for constipation.

We will also present our Generous Soothing Oil , ideal for massage to help you have a bowel movement.

What causes constipation during pregnancy?

First of all, don't panic! Constipation is a completely normal and natural symptom. However, it is important to understand the main cause of constipation, particularly in pregnant women: hormones (particularly the increase in progesterone levels in the body during pregnancy)!

Good to know: progesterone is an essential steroid hormone in the menstrual cycle, pregnancy and embryonic development in pregnant women. In cases of fertilization and implantation, progesterone plays a crucial role in maintaining the uterine lining and preventing early uterine contractions, which could cause miscarriage or premature birth. However, its effect on the smooth muscles of the colon slows the movement of food through the intestines, often causing constipation in pregnant women.

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Other factors may also be taken into consideration:

  • The baby's pressure on the uterus : Your baby will grow gradually. The expanding uterus can put pressure on the intestines, which can slow down intestinal transit and make it more difficult to pass stools.
  • Extra iron : Many pregnant women take iron supplements to prevent anemia. Iron can cause hard, dry stools, contributing to constipation.
  • Diet: Changes in appetite can lead to reduced fiber consumption.
  • A lack of hydration: Fluid needs increase during pregnancy, and if a woman doesn't drink enough water, it can make constipation worse.
  • A lack of regular physical activity: The level of physical activity decreases when you are pregnant which can also contribute to constipation.

What are the signs of constipation?

Constipation is a common problem during pregnancy due to hormonal changes and pressure on the intestines.

Here are some common symptoms to tell if you are constipated:

  • Pain or discomfort in the abdomen
  • No regular evacuation of stools for 2/3 days or more
  • Feeling pain when defecating
  • Stomach cramps
  • Prolonged effort to evacuate stools
  • Swollen or bloated stomach
  • Hard, dry stools
  • Having flatulence (gas)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Feeling that the evacuation of stools is not complete after using the toilet

    If constipation persists, a large amount of stool may accumulate in the colon or rectum, so it is very important to see a doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

    How to relieve pregnancy constipation?

    If you experience constipation during pregnancy, it is important to take steps to relieve symptoms while ensuring your safety and that of your baby.

    Here are some tips to adopt:

    • Increase your fiber intake : Eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes. Include foods rich in fiber in your meals: oatmeal, chickpeas, cabbage, chia seeds, prunes, apples, etc.
    • Drink plenty of water : Start the day with a large glass of cold water first thing in the morning, then drink at least 1.5 liters of water throughout the day. Water hydrates stools and promotes intestinal contractions
    • Practice regular, moderate sporting activity : Walking, swimming or prenatal yoga stimulates intestinal contractions.
    • Practice massages on your abdomen : An effective technique that helps stimulate intestinal transit and relax the abdominal muscles.
    • Establish a toilet routine : Go to the toilet at regular times and do not ignore the slightest urge to pass stools. Take the time you need to go to the bathroom without rushing.
      You can also use a stool to hold yourself in a squatting position. This position can help make passing stools easier.
    • Avoid foods that are too complex to digest : Avoid foods that are too fatty, products rich in sugar, red meat, spices, etc.
    • Use laxatives : Seek medical advice before using mild laxatives.
    • Rest !

    Abdominal massage for constipation

    Where to get a massage to have a bowel movement?

    Abdominal massage is one of the most natural and effective remedies to relieve intestinal transit. But the important thing is to know where to massage specifically to relax your abdomen.

    Here are some massage techniques you can try: first, lie on your back then start by massaging your stomach (at the colon) with circular movements, in a clockwise direction. Repeat this movement several times . This massage technique can be performed daily , especially in the morning or after meals .

    However, if you have health problems or experience severe pain during massage, it is recommended to consult a healthcare professional.

    For massage, you can use our Generous Soothing Oil . Its formula enriched with 6 vegetable oils is intended to intensely nourish the skin and reduce sensations of itching and tightness.

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