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Even in pregnancy and breastfeeding, constipation is a solution

During pregnancy and breastfeeding women may experience various health problems. In their treatment, it is necessary to think not only about the mother's needs but also about the safety of the child. We will advise how to deal with constipation.

Constipation is very common in pregnancy and after birth. They can be both hormonal changes and a change in the spatial conditions in the abdominal cavity. The best solution is prevention - adequate hydration, a diet rich in fiber, care for a healthy microflora and regular exercise (if pregnancy is not at risk).

Sometimes, though, despite all the efforts, the constipation still appears. What then?

Treat yourself with medication

It is still true that during pregnancy and breastfeeding the woman must be very careful about her medication. Their effects on fetuses and infants are mostly unknown, as testing of pregnant preparations is ethically problematic. In the first trimester (until the end of the 12th week), try to resist without any medication. The following can be used to treat constipation.

Volume laxatives (with a substance such as methyl cellulose) or special gels . They do not penetrate into the bloodstream, so they do not have a fetus or a breastfed baby how to get.
Lactulose. It's actually sugar that does not absorb the human intestine . Therefore, it remains in the intestine and attracts water from the blood stream, softening the stool and facilitating its excretion. It also supports the correct composition of the intestinal microflora. Even lactulose is not absorbed into the bloodstream.
Makrogol. It is a polymer that increases the water content of the stool. It does not get into the bloodstream.
Glycerin suppositories.
They stimulate the rectum and moisten the stool's surface, especially in the event of heavy constipation. Glycerin is the substance of the body.
Bisacodyl. This substance promotes intestinal movements, helping to facilitate functional constipation. It is absorbed into the bloodstream. In the first trimester, the use of bisacodil preparations is not recommended.
Senna. It is a herb that stimulates bowel movements. Its effects on the fetus have not been demonstrated in the first trimester, yet it is important to remember that it is getting into the bloodstream.
Do the Sodium. The substance is used in the form of suppositories or minicomputers. According to a clinical study, there is no risk even in the first trimester of pregnancy. The lower part of the digestive tract is not absorbed.
Sodium picosulphate. It belongs to substances whose prominent effect is based on irritation of the intestinal wall. It gets into the bloodstream. The effect on the fetus in the first trimester is unknown.

During the treatment of lashes you should not forget to increase the hydration so that you are not absent fluid. With intense movements of the intestine, mild contractions of the uterus may occur. If they persist after emptying or hardening, consult a doctor.

Source: U lékař
Article author: MUDr. Tereza Kopecká

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