Home remedies for constipation
Here are some home remedies for constipation post-delivery that every new mother should try.
Water, water, water
Dehydration is the biggest cause of constipation post-delivery. Adjusting to a new life, baby, and your own body can take a toll. Drinking a minimum of eight to 10 glasses of water every day can help activate your digestive process, as well as carry the nutrients of food through your entire body.
Water is extremely necessary for you and your baby, but so are juices, fruit-infused water, and smoothies. Sticking to homemade drinks is obviously much better than the fancy marketed ones that pack zero nutrition. You can opt for pulped orange juice, coconut water, banana, and papaya smoothies because of their natural laxative effect.
This includes all vegetables like eggplants, leafy greens like spinach, malunggay, and everything that a Filipino household cooks every day.
Another great addition to this plate is the locally grown legumes and spices that help relieve constipation. All fruits are rich in fiber and should be consumed with the peel if possible.
Load up your plate with nutrients
Even though fiber is important for a healthy digestive tract, other nutrients like proteins, vitamins and minerals, and fats are also equally necessary. The more colorful your plate is with bread, salads, lentils, and vegetables, the better it will be!
Eat digestion-friendly food
Cravings can certainly increase because now you’re feeding two bodies. Do not tame these cravings by eating chips, deep-fried snacks, and processed food as that can cause constipation. Opt for probiotics such as yogurt, and fruits such as apples and bananas.
The pressure of this massage should be gentle because your abdomen is still delicate after delivery. Pressing the stomach and lower abdomen in a downward direction to increase blood circulation can help activate your digestive tract.
The new added responsibility of the baby can tense up your nerves in more ways than one. Therefore, it is recommended to relax and calm yourself with the help of hot water baths, music, massages, and talking to your partner or any family member or friend. Constant worry is a big bowel obstructor and the only way to ease yourself is to rest and relax as much as you can.