Constipation & Piles During Pregnancy
Constipation is another common complaint during pregnancy and may result early on from hormone effects, which relax the muscles of the intestine, and from reduced gastric secretion.
Later in pregnancy, the pressure of your growing uterus on the bowels may cause it. Straining due to constipation can also lead to the development of piles.
Increasing your dietary intake of fibre, adding dried fruits for snacks, omitting food with a high sugar content, drinking plenty of fluids and ensuring regular physical activity to tone up your muscles may all help to alleviate or prevent constipation.
You may also suffer from flatulence during pregnancy. Physical exercise like walking, cycling and swimming will help with this. Caraway, fennel and balm leaves are old, but popular, remedies.