CB- Coping With Constipation

-Drink plenty of water: Ultimately the goal should be sipping all day instead of a specific amount. And especially drinking when you are thirsty. But if having a goal in mind is helpful try drinking at least 8-16 ounces of water a day in addition to any other liquids.

– Small frequent meals: Pregnancy slows down your digestive system. There are many possibilities for why this happens, such as giving your body chances to get as many nutrients from the food as possible before it passes. Unfortunately a byproduct of this is constipation. But taking smalls meals can help.

– Talk to your provider if the constipation is severe or unrelenting: Even when you are doing everything right you may need a little extra help. But talk to your provider about over the counter options, do not take laxatives before discussing it with your provider.

– Add fiber to your diet: Fiber is a great help! There are lots of tasty ways to include it in your diet. Some good examples are oatmeal, broccoli, sweet potato, squash, beans, lentils, pumpkin, avocado, pear, apple, orange, banana, and more! 

– Have a diet rich in fruits and vegetables: A varied diet in fruits and vegetables is the best way to stay healthy. Easiest way to do this is to make sure each plate is colorful!

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