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A safe way to treat constipation during pregnancy

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Pregnant women suffer from unpleasant problems with bowel movements often including constipation. The causes of constipation include the changes in the woman’s body as well as the movement of internal organs, which are compressed by a developing fetus. A proper diet often fails to eliminate the problem, and taking pharmacological drugs is considered risky by many future mothers. How can they help themselves without harming a child?

Constipation during pregnancy

Constipation in pregnancy is a very common problem. It affects more than half of expecting women. Problems with defecation during pregnancy are natural and result from changes in the woman’s body caused by the fetal development. As the pregnancy develops, the fetus grows and puts more and more pressure on the intestines, which further intensifies constipation. Additionally, during pregnancy, the level of hormone secretion, including progesterone, increases. Its main function is to prepare the female body, more precisely the interior of the uterus, to create the best conditions for the developing fetus. The hormone also relaxes the intestines, which leads to intestinal disorders, and the mothers experience this in the form of more frequent constipation as well as “hard” and difficult to evacuate stools.

Dos and don’ts

A daily menu of a pregnant woman could be copied by many other women as an example of a healthy and balanced diet. An expecting mother cares about her health and the nutrients necessary for the proper development of her child. Therefore, recommending additional diets seems rather unreasonable. However, there are still certain details that should be noted. Mothers know that during pregnancy the need for fresh fruit and vegetables increases and they remember to incorporate them to their daily meals. In addition to a balanced diet, pregnant women are advised to use supplementation and maintain the appropriate level of iron in their blood. But here caution is advised. Even therapeutic doses of iron can lead to intestinal dysfunction and additional problems such as constipation and irregularity of bowel movements. Many mothers fight with the problem by composing meals containing products rich in iron, such as: liver, corn flakes with iron, cocoa, chicken eggs, pumpkin and sunflower seeds. A properly balanced diet will certainly ensure the proper level of iron in the body and supplementation will not be necessary. Therefore, before buying any medicine, including OTC drugs, we recommend that you consult a doctor.

Healthy habits

Our health is affected not only by the things we eat but also by the way we prepare our food. Eating in a hurry, while standing up and without drinking means that the food is not thoroughly fragmented and chewed, and the body has difficulties with digesting it. Celebrating a meal is a good start to a day and a great idea for a break in the next hours. We recommend slow eating, chewing each bite and drinking more liquids. Physical exercise also prevents constipation by enhancing bowel movements. A short daily walk or regular exercise can bring a definite improvement in constipation.

The method matters

Constipation caused by the pressure the fetus puts on the internal organs or the morning rush reduce the number of defecations and the problem becomes even deeper. In addition, it is worth knowing that refraining from defecation weakens the muscles, which in the future makes this process even more difficult. A natural and safe way to reduce constipation and increase the frequency of bowel movements is a GOKO device created to support this process. An anatomical and most beneficial position for defecation is the squatting position. This position forms the large intestine in a way making the process of defecation easier and more effortless. GOKO device was designed specifically to help assume such a position.  Future mom, read more about GOKO under LEARN ABOUT GOKO tab.

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How does intensive and stressful lifestyle affect the functioning of our intestines?

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Living in constant rush, tension and stress at work, lack of a moment of relaxation and an unhealthy diet – this is the lifestyle of most of us. We tend to strain our bodies for years, forcing ourselves to work beyond our strength and forgetting about regeneration. Our bodies send us signals that we fail to notice at all due to the intensity of everyday activities. Such signals may include problems with falling asleep, morning sleepiness, lack of appetite, abdominal pain, bloating, constipation or diarrhea. Ignoring these symptoms leads to much more serious ailments and even diseases.

How do we react to stress?

Many people complaining of insomnia, abdominal pain and bowel problems wonder how stress affects the functioning of their bodies. Let’s start with the definition of stress. It is the body’s reaction to strong external stimuli, manifested by the intensified secretion of adrenaline, which increases the efficiency and performance of the body. In response, our heart beats faster, the blood pressure rises, the breath accelerates, preparing us for a more intense effort. This helps us to survive the most critical situations. However, we must remember that at the same time other life functions such as digestion, absorption, and excretion lose their importance. The body is in the “fight or flight mode”.

How does stress affect the functioning of our intestines?

Long-term stress puts the body into a state of alertness for too long. Prolonged elevation of hormone levels, muscle tension and blood pressure lower the quality of the body’s functioning. The level of digestive acids that irritate the mucosa and lead to gastric ulcer and inflammatory bowel disease raises in the stomach. This leads to gastric food retention and the feeling of fullness in stomach. The passage of food in the small and large intestine is also slower. The intestinal mucosa becomes more sensitive, which can sometimes cause pain. We then experience intestinal cramps and bloating.

What is IBS?

IBS is an intestinal disorder called “irritable bowel syndrome”. Colloquially, patients refer to this condition as “intestinal neurosis” because the symptoms intensify under stress, and significantly weaken during the night and in moments of relaxation, for example, on vacation. The basic symptoms are disturbances in the rhythm of bowel movements (diarrhea and constipation), abdominal pain and bloating. Although this disease is not dangerous to human life, it significantly impairs our everyday functioning. IBS is particularly manifested by difficulties in work and social encounters.

How can we help our intestines?

There is no clearly defined procedure treating intestinal diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome. Pharmaceuticals may assist in the process. Usually, recommendations include a proper diet and avoiding stress. Physical activity will certainly be helpful in reducing tension as well as improving bowel function. Long walks, swimming in the pool and contacts with positive people. If we still observe that our body reacts to stressful situations and work-related strains in an unpleasant way, we should seek help from a psychologist.

The way we defecate matters

Our life consists of routinely repeated activities. It is sometimes worth considering whether our everyday habits serve our health. The same applies to the position we adopt when defecating. Few people know that a sitting position hinders the evacuation of undigested food remains from the body. In this position, our large intestine is curved and blocks the whole process. We will get rid of the problem of constipation or bloating by assuming the squatting position on the toilet. To do this, lift your legs up and slightly tilt your upper body forward. It will unblock your intestine, and you will defecate completely with ease. GOKO device, which restores the right position for defecation, was created for that purpose. This device has been tested on a group of users who have strongly confirmed its effective operation.