When a lady get’s knocked up–The hormone progesterone slows down digestion.
This can lead to (almost) instant constipation.
In a matter of days, a lady can feel like she already looks 9-months pregnant–when really she is weeks in.
Having a funky digestive system is never ideal or fun. Gas, constipation, bloating, and upset stomach–leave anyone, pregnant or not, feeling like a blimp.
There are a few things that helped me get through my pregnancy… and although some days I simply had to surrender to my body’s wisdom–overall I believe I had things better because of these little shifts I made.
Do not underestimate the power of exercise. Movement helps everything–from the blood flowing through your veins–to the food moving through your digestive system. It can be pretty difficult to convince yourself to move in the first tri–but even if you can get a little walk in–or some yoga–it will make a difference.
Another thing to consider is diet. We all know eating fibre rich foods is helpful. It is important to eat less sugar and processed foods as well. I know you have cravings mama–but the more you give into those cravings and tell yourself “you are eating for two”–the more likely you are to have a lot of other issues (if those cravings are unhealthy). I know it is hard, but try to be mindful of your diet. I had to push myself a few times to eat clean–but I always felt better when I did.
Hydration is mucho important. As you urinate more frequently, be mindful of replenishing those liquids.
I incorporated extra fibre into my diet. I took fibre pills. I took less than recommended, and found them very useful. Three tablets a day with a glass of water, had my body moving.
I also took peppermint oil on occasion. Peppermint oil is said to help improve IBS symptoms–such as gas, bloating, and cramping. This was no miracle drug, (and should be used on occasion only as a pregnant mama), but it did help calm my symptoms.
I also found baths useful to relieve a lot of the discomfort.
The unfortunate part of the pregnancy journey, is your body is not yours… it is a vessel of life. Know that whatever your body is doing, it will pass. It can be downright embarrassing–I knooooow–but love your body and self for the miracle it is creating.
(Feature image from: Livelovefruit.com)