Early Pregnancy Symptoms: Constipation
Constipation is a frequent problem for lots of pregnant women and not just in early pregancy, but throughout their entire pregnancy. In order to absorb all the nutrients that your developing baby requires, pregnancy hormones slow down your metabolism and this is why it happens.
If you are suffering from constipation try increasing your intake of dietary fibre by eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables (especially leafy green vegetables) and drinking more water. Homemade vegetable soup is a great way of getting more fibre into your diet as are many high-fibre breakfast cereals. Porridge, muesli, swapping white bread for wholemeal and cutting down on high fat foods can also help you avoid constipation. Many women also find eating dried fruits such as prunes and raisins help too.
Caffeine is also known to cause constipation so avoid drinking too much tea, coffee and fizzy drinks and obviously avoid alcohol which can not only cause constipation but can also harm your developing baby.
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