Pooping Alot During Pregnancy: What Is It?
Pregnancy is a miraculous journey filled with much anticipation and excitement. For some, however, it can bring unexpected bodily changes. One of which is pooping a lot during pregnancy.
It is a common occurrence and has been reported by many women during each stage of their pregnancy. So, why is it happening?
Why Are You Pooping A Lot During Pregnancy?
Pooping a lot during pregnancy could be attributed to a few reasons.
Hormones: During pregnancy, your body produces increased levels of the hormone progesterone. Progesterone relaxes the muscles of your intestines, effectively slowing down your digestion process. As a result, food can stay in your body for a longer period of time, which can lead to more frequent trips to the restroom.
Nutrition: What you consume also plays a role in pooping a lot during pregnancy. Eating nutrient-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains will help keep you regular. Eating too much sugar and processed carbohydrates, on the other hand, can cause constipation.
It is also important to drink enough water while pregnant. Proper hydration will keep your digestive system running smoothly and help reduce constipation.
What Can You Do?
If you are experiencing frequent trips to the bathroom, there are a few things you can do to help.
Eat Regularly: Establish regular meal times throughout the day. Eating at regular intervals helps keep your digestion regular and can ultimately reduce the need to rush to the restroom.
Exercise: Exercise helps move the food through the intestines, keeping your digestion regular.
Try Over-The-Counter Constipation Remedies: When all else fails, you can try an over-the-counter remedy. Some remedies like Metamucil and Citrucel are safe for pregnant women and can help relieve constipation.
Pooping a lot during pregnancy is very common. While it can be uncomfortable, it is important to remember it is likely due to hormones and changes in nutrition that are necessary during the growth and development of the baby. To better control your issue, try to eat regularly, stay hydrated, exercise, and if needed, consider an over-the-counter remedy.
What are the signs and symptoms of excessive pooping during pregnancy?
Common signs and symptoms of excessive pooping during pregnancy may include:
-Frequent trips to the bathroom
-Diarrhea or loose, watery stools
-Abdominal bloating and gas
-Abdominal cramping, pain, or discomfort
-A feeling of needing to pass stool urgently
-Mucus or slimy stools
-Nausea and vomiting
-Temporary lactose intolerance
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