Constipation means difficulty in bowel movement, it’s a painful process that should be avoided at all costs. Constipation isn’t as a result of a disease or condition; it’s mainly as a result of dehydration, lack of dietary fibers, and medication side effects.
Bowel movement, or simply put, defecation shouldn’t be less than three times a week. You will feel bloated or uncomfortable when you’ve held feces for too long. It’s normal and healthy to have a bowel movement anywhere between three times a week or more. If you’re producing soft, well-formed logs that aren’t hard to push out, your bowels are probably in good shape. But if, on the other hand, your stool is hard and difficult to push out, there might be a problem. It’s actually easy to get rid of hard stools; you just have to get hydrated more often and exercise more often.
How do you know if you have constipation? Well, there are quite some obvious symptoms, which include:
- Difficult and painful bowel movements
- Bowel movements fewer than three times a week.
- Feeling bloated or uuncomfortable
- Feeling Sluggish
- Abdominal pain
Constipation in babies and pregnant women should be carefully monitored. How do you know if a baby is constipated? infrequent stools that are not soft in consistency, clay-like stool consistency, hard pellets of stool. long periods of straining or crying while trying to have a bowel movement. Well, it’s quite unusual for infants to have hard stools. Constipation in children is uncomfortable and isn’t serious though. A painful break in the skin around the anus Rectal prolapse is when the rectum comes out of the anus. How common is constipation in pregnancy? About 16 to 39% of people get constipated at some point during pregnancy. You’re most likely to get constipated in the third trimester, when the fetus is heaviest and is putting the most pressure on your bowels. Constipation can happen in all three trimesters, though.
What causes constipation apart from dehydration and dietary fibres? There are some food groups that, when consumed in a certain amount, can cause constipation. Here are some of those foods.
Which of course, is contained in coffee, some drugs, and other beverages. Constipation after some doses of caffeine is a result of medication side effects.
Alcohol is frequently mentioned as a likely cause of constipation.
3. Gluten-containing foods
Gluten is a protein found in grains like wheat, barley, rye, spelt, kamut, and triticale.
4. Processed grains
5. Milk And Dairy products.
6. Red Meat
7. Fast Food or Fried Foods
9. Frozen Dinner
The way your body might react to the foods aforementioned might be different from the way your neighbor reacts to them. They might not cause constipation in some cases, but they might do so in others. Besides, these nine categories of foods are not the only classes that can cause constipation. The major way to avoid it is to get hydrated when you feel the need to do so and after eating. Drinking water before bed would also help get you hydrated all through the night.
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