Intestinal complaints during pregnancy? Read these tips

Intestinal complaints during pregnancy? Read these tips

Early in the pregnancy you may have to deal with difficult bowel movements. This is also areason that you can have a 'pregnancy belly' quite early in the pregnancy, without the baby being big enough to cause that. 

Why do your intestines play up while pregnant?

The hormone circus can be screaming through your body in early pregnancy, and your intestines are affected just like anything else. You can therefore have problems with your bowels early in the pregnancy. The extra hormones that are released leave the intestines relaxed and therefore they work less efficiently. The intestines work slower, the pregnancy hormones slow down the digestive functions because they absorb maximal vitamins and nutrients.

Your gut can also retain too much moisture, which can lead to diarrhea. The hormone progesterone loosens the muscles in your intestinal wall, so you can suffer from constipation due to the slow functioning of the intestines. Constipation is the opposite of diarrhea. 

The intestinal ailments are also caused by the growth of the uterus. They are pushed aside, so bowel movements can be difficult. You can also suffer from cramps in your bowels; the feeling that they contract. This can be very painful. These symptoms for a long time, but should eventually disappear. Speak to your doctor if you have any questions or doubts.

Are you pregnant and do you have intestinal problems? Then try these tips:

  • Make sure you have as little stress as possible. Relax regularly and enjoy the things you do and eat..

  • Chew your food!

  • Go for cooked rather than raw veggies, and leave the green smoothies for a while.

  • Soak nuts, legumes and grains a night in some water before you eat or cook them. This ensures that the enzymes in these products become active again and the phytic acid in the products is reduced.

  • Make sure your intestinal flora is healthy. Regularly consume some naturally fermented vegetables and dairy products (kimchi, sauerkraut, yogurt, kefir) and opt for an extra probiotics supplement.

  • Make your own chicken broth! A good broth full of gelatin softens and heals the intestinal wall.

If you continue to experience problems, we always recommend to visit the doctor or midwife. Perhaps they can give you more tips and help you further

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