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Pregnancy & The Colon: What You Should Know

Pregnancy & The Colon: What You Should Know

Pregnancy and Colon HealthExpectant mothers go through a lot of physical changes during their pregnancy, and the way they digest food is no exception.

Indigestion is a common complaint for pregnant women, which is not surprising considering the changes a woman’s body goes through during pregnancy. As the uterus expands, the stomach is compressed into a tighter space, along with the intestinal tract and colon. That means that there’s less room for food to be taken in, as well as processed and eliminated, which means many pregnant women have to eat smaller, more frequent meals in order to ensure that they and their baby are getting enough nutrients.

Lastly, there’s the issue of constipation. Because pregnancy hormones relax the body’s muscles, the colon works more slowly than usual. Because the rest of the digestive process has been sped up, this often means a traffic jam at the final stage of digestion. A healthy, properly functioning colon is key to warding off colon cancer, so if you are having significant problems in this regard, it’s important to let your doctor know what’s going on.

There are ways to lessen the digestive issues during pregnancy, such as drinking plenty of water. But when it comes to tinkering with mealtimes, or diet in general, it’s best to talk things over with your health care professional. He or she will be able to help you stay on track for a comfortable pregnancy and a happy, healthy baby.

posted on May 11, 2012 in news