i have been constipated, what can i take to get rid of it? I am 39 weeks.”
Constipation happens to almost every mom-to-be at some point during pregnancy. Hormones cause your digestive system to slow down, plus the iron in prenatal supplements and the pressure of your baby on your intestines can make it difficult to go even if you feel like you need to.
Eating lots of high-fiber foods like leafy green vegetables and bran cereals or beans can help. Drinking prune juice and eating dried prunes, now called “plums” are a good, old-fashioned remedy. A tablespoon of unprocessed wheat bran may help when added to cereals or taken with a glass of water. Keeping fit through daily stretching and exercise will keep your digestive system moving.
If the problem doesn’t go away in a day ask your healthcare provider to recommend or prescribe a stool softener and also ask him/her if it’s okay to take a prenatal vitamin that contains less iron. To avoid hemorrhoids don’t strain on the toilet and wipe gently.