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Constipation is Common
in Pregnancy

Constipation is common in pregnancy because as the progesterone levels increase to sustain pregnancy, it relaxes your muscles, including the intestinal muscles, which can make it more difficult to have regular bowel movements.

Because the intestinal walls are more relaxed, this makes it so that the fecal matter sitting in the intestines does not move out of the body quickly. The longer it sits in the intestines, the dryer it gets, and the harder it becomes to move out of the body.

If fecal matter is not moved out of the body quickly, the poisons in that matter are absorbed back into the blood stream, causing irritability and slight loss of memory (i.e. where did I set my keys?). What you used to be able to remember easily (what you need at the grocery store, where you set your glasses or your purse) becomes much harder to remember when you are experiencing constipation.

Thankfully, there are some really easy things you can do throughout your pregnancy to keep your bowels moving.

Drink Lots of Water

Drinking a lot of pure water will keep your body hydrated and will help to keep your bowels soft and moving. It's the easiest thing you can do. Just keep a bottle of water on your desk, on the bathroom sink, on the kitchen counter, by your bed, by your favorite chair and by your purse.

When you go to your car, grab that bottle of water that's sitting by your purse, and take it with you. When you're at work, drink from that bottle whenever you notice it. When you awaken in the morning, drink some water first thing (unless you're experiencing morning sickness - then you just do what works).

Liquid Chlorophyll

Liquid Chlorophyll can be a pregnant woman's best friend! Not only will it help to soften your bowel movements and make them more frequent, but it also helps to keep your iron levels up during pregnancy and it will nourish your body and, in turn, your baby too.

Eat at least one Green Salad a day...preferably two

Raw vegetables add fiber to the diet, and fiber helps to keep the bowels moving. When making your salads, try to include all the colors of the rainbow. You could call it a "Rainbow Salad". The more color you have, the more variety of nutrients you will be getting. If you don't like lettuce, then leave it out all together, and just prepare your favorite vegetables and eat them with your favorite dip.

I highly recommend the book "Eat Right 4 Your Baby" by Dr. Peter D'Adamo. It explains which foods are going to be healing to your body, according to your blood type, and which foods act as poisons (ever heard of a food allergy?). There are foods that will make it difficult for you to lose weight, and foods that will increase your metabolism and help extra weight to come off.

Many times, just avoiding foods that are not good for your blood type will allow weight to come rolling off. For those who are underweight, eating foods that are good for your blood type will help your body to gain the weight it needs. "Eat Right 4 Your Baby" is a diet many women follow during pregnancy. I did with my last pregnancy, and I've been using the blood type diet for 9 years with our family, so I'm very familiar with it.

Raw nuts, raw vegetables and raw fruits can be wonderful snacks, and full of good fiber to keep you from becoming constipated. A few raisins and peanuts can be a quick, easy snack at work, at school or at home.

If constipation is something you are struggling with, drinking more water, eating more raw foods (including at least one salad a day) and taking liquid chlorophyll can help you greatly. Remember, the pregnancy hormones soften the digestive muscles, and that, coupled with the Standard American Diet, can create constipation during pregnancy.

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