Pregnancy is that time of your life when perhaps for the first time you start concentrating on a body function that you have taken for granted so far- Your bladder and bowel movement.
You encounter one or more that one of the following discomforts:
Constipation: This occurs mainly due to the hormonal changes in your body. You might experience difficulty is passing the motion and feel as if you have not completely emptied your bowels even if you do. You also have to strain more than usual to pass the motion. Here are few tips to overcome the problem:
- Eat high fibre food. Eat lots of whole grain cereals, fruits and vegetables, beans and legumes.
- Drink plenty of water. Even when you do not feel thirsty.
- Exercise regularly to keep your muscles toned and fit.
- Watch out for iron supplements that induce constipation. It might be a good idea to ask the doctor to change the supplement to something that suits you better.
Frequent Urination: The need to constantly pee starts right in the beginning of the pregnancy and will likely last throughout the pregnancy. Towards the end of the pregnancy, it is because the baby’s head is pressing against your bladder.
- Bend forward when you do pee. That way you put pressure on your bladder and empty it out, buying you some respite.
- Do not cut down on your fluid intake. Make sure they are non-alcoholic and caffeine free.
- If you notice a burning sensation or blood in the urine when you pee, do alert the doctor. You are very prone to urinary tract infections right now.
- Drink plenty of fluids to dilute the urine and ease the pain.
Urinary Incontinence: Sometimes when you laugh, sneeze, cough or move suddenly, you might be surprised to find that you are leaking a bit of urine. For some women, this problem is experienced only after child birth.
- This is because the pelvic muscles are loosening up for the impending child birth.
- You can control this by doing pelvic floor exercises.
Haemorrhoids: These are a condition also known as “piles”. They are enlarged and swollen veins in and around the lower rectum and anus. They occur sometimes during pregnancy because the hormones make your veins relax. They are uncomfortable because they may itch, ache or feel sore. Your faeces might be accompanied by blood and mucous. It makes emptying your bowels painful.
- Load up on fibre rich food like whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans.
- Give yourself symptomatic relief by holding a cold wet towel against it.
- Always pat the area dry. Do not rub it.
- Ask your doctor to suggest a suitable ointment or jelly to get relief.
The good news is that most of these discomforts are temporary and given proper care disappear after delivery. So focus on the birth and take care.