Everybody poops.....except when they don't
Can we talk about poop? 💩 I know, we should probably know each other better before we go there, but here we are anyway.
Why poop? 💩 Because a lot of people at your stage in pregnancy are struggling with constipation. It's a very commmon part of the first trimester as the hormone progesterone rises in your body.
That said, there are things you can do to try and help.
1. Eat more fibre. 🍏
I know; easier said than done in the first trimester when the mere thought of food makes you nauseous but if you can stomach it, fiber rich foods such as wholewheat crackers, banana, figs, avocados, oatmeal etc can be really beneficial in encouraging things to keep moving.
2. Drink ALL the water 💦
Drinking water smoothes the way so to speak, and helps keep what's in your intestines hydrated which in turn makes it easier to move. Many pregnant people buy one of those giant Stanley like water cups at this point and take it everywhere with them. Drinking water really is THE best way to help with constipation.
3. Go for a walk 🏃🏻♀️
Moving your body helps to keep EVERYTHING moving. So try and go for a walk or do a short pregnancy yoga video every day. (I like the Yoga with Adrienne videos you can watch for free online).
4. Consider a probiotic
You'll need to talk to your doctor about this, but some pregnant people who are suffering from constipation have noticed a big difference when taking a probiotic that contains beneficial bacteria such as lactobacillus or bifidobacterium.
5. Take a look at your prenatal vitamins 🧪
Many prenatal vitamins contain iron which can contribute to constipation. If your's does, you might want to chat with your doctor about it. If your iron levels are healthy already, your doctor may suggest you take a different non-iron prenatal vitamin instead.
Let me know in the comments if you have any other tips for keeping things moving.
Emma is a childbirth educator, prenatal birth and postpartum massage therapist, doula and overall pregnancy and childbirth junkie living and working in Seattle WA. She's British too which is where the tea bit come from. In England, if you want to have a chat with your friend about anything really, someone puts the kettle on for a nice cup of tea. It doesn't matter what the topic is, a nice cup of tea relaxes everyone, makes the conversation flow easier and generally makes everyone feel good. So you're invited to brew a cup of your favorite herbal tea, pull up a chair around Emma's kitchen table and let's have a good chat, (or chinwag as we say in the UK), about birthy stuff.