What can I do to relieve constipation?

At least half of all pregnant women seem to have problems with constipation. One reason for this may be changes in hormones that slow the movement of food through the digestive tract. Sometimes iron supplements may also cause constipation. During the last part of pregnancy, pressure on your rectum from your uterus may add to the problem. Here are some suggestions that may help: Drink plenty of liquids – at least 6-8 glasses of water each day, including 1-2 glasses of fruit juice such as prune juice. Liquids (such as coffee, tea and cola) which make you go to the bathroom should not be consumed. They will tend to create a negative water balance in your body and thus make your stools harder and more difficult to pass. Eat food high in fiber, such as raw fruits and vegetables and bran cereals. Exercise daily – walking is a good form of exercise. If those forms of treatment are not successful, you might consider skipping your prenatal vitamin for a few days, and adding a daily dose of Milk of Magnesia until regular again. The iron in the prenatal vitamin worsens constipation. If there is a boulder at the opening that you can't pass, then probably the best bet is the use of a disposable enema or a glycerin suppository. The enemas come in water and oil retention. The longer you hold them the better they will work. (sounds gross, eh? Not to the desperate.)

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Your gynecologic health matters at every age. Dr. Paul Daum provides you with a full range of women’s services that address your health and well-being so that you can be the best you can be. Planning for or pregnant with a little one? Our caring staff are here to support you through the pregnancy journey, while Dr. Daum will deliver your baby and care for you in early motherhood. We deliver complete obstetrical care for the women with normal and high risk pregnancies from prenatal care, to delivery, and postpartum care.

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Laparoscopic HysterectomyLaparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy is performed using a scope and high resolution camera in your belly...

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A woman needs OB/GYN services for every stage of her life... when she’s pregnant and when she’s not. Dr. Paul Daum and his staff are passionate about providing personalized quality health care to women of all ages. We are committed to giving all patients compassionate and comprehensive obstetric and gynecologic care. We offer outstanding and caring obstetrical care, guiding our patients through healthy and successful pregnancies.

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