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Your Guide to postpartum-Soothing postpartum constipation with food

What to eat for postpartum constipation

  1. Eat more fiber-rich foods such as yam, coarse grains, celery and other green leafy vegetables.
  2. Eat more water-rich foods such as fruits  rich in water.
  3. Eat more foods such as honey, bananas, taro, apples that can promote bowel movements.
  4. Eat more foods rich in organic acids , such as yoghurt , to increase digestion and laxative functions, and drink it frequently.
  5. Eat more fatty acid-containing foods such as peanuts, pine nuts, black sesame seeds, and melon seeds.
  6. Grains and beans are not only rich in vitamins and plant proteins, but also rich in dietary fiber .
  7. Milk plus a small amount of honey, boil, add a few drops of onion juice, and take it first thing every morning and evening.
  8. Avoid eating food that stimulates the secretion of mucus glands, such as spicy and oily foods, do not eat dry things, fried foods and pickled foods.

What to do after postpartum constipation

  1. Develop the habit of regular bowel movements; quit smoking and alcohol; avoid drug abuse. 
  2. Promote a balanced diet, increase dietary fiber in moderation, and drink plenty of water.
  3. Drink plenty of water. It is recommended to drink more than 1500 ml per day to keep the intestinal tract full of water and facilitate excretion.
  4. Supply sufficient amounts of B vitamins and folic acid to promote the secretion of digestive juices, maintain and promote intestinal peristalsis, and facilitate defecation. 
  5. Eat more gas-prone foods, promote intestinal peristalsis, and facilitate defecation such as onions.
  6. Appropriately increase high-fat food, vegetable oil can directly enter the intestine, and the decomposition product fatty acid.
  7. The appropriate amount of exercise is mainly medical gymnastics, which can be combined with walking, jogging and abdominal self-massage.
  8. Deep and long abdominal breathing as the amplitude of diaphragm activity increases, it can promote gastrointestinal peristalsis.

Causes of postpartum constipation

  1. There  is certain constipation during pregnancy, the more the number of births, the more common postpartum constipation.
  2. The weakened gastrointestinal function in the puerperium, the intestinal peristalsis is slow, which makes the stool absorbed due to water absorption.
  3. Analgesic drugs used during childbirth, like pethidine, will make your intestinal motility slower than usual.
  4. Abdominal over expansion after pregnancy makes the abdominal muscles and pelvic floor tissues relax.
  5. Weakened defecation power after giving birth. Therefore, constipation often occurs after delivery.
  6. Unreasonable diet structure, eat less vegetables and fruits.
  7. A perineal side cut was done during delivery with sutures.

The hazards of postpartum constipation

Postpartum constipation can easily cause anal fissure, causing painful defecation that would last for several hours and makes the patient afraid of defecating. Many new mothers will experience depression after giving birth, mainly due to postpartum physiological reactions and changes in their body type and easy changes. Postpartum constipation aggravates the change of face, so it makes the originally bad mood worse.

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