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Indigestion and Heartburn

Is constipation or indigestion normal

Yes. Your body is producing large amounts of progesterone and estrogen, which in turn relax smooth muscle tissues all over, even in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, slowing down the digestive system and resulting in constipation. In addition, with the pressure from the growing uterus falling on the bowels, their normal activity gets inhibited. 

What can I do to alleviate constipation

Firstly change your diet. Increase your fiber intake in terms of fruits and vegetables and cut down on refined foods. Eat 6 small meals instead of 3 large ones and increase your fluid intake. Drink water, fruit and vegetable juices. Warm water with a dash of lime is also known to help.  Lastly, include some mild exercises in your daily routine or go for a brisk walk. If none of this works, ask your doctor for a bulk forming stool softener.

How will indigestion affect my baby

Your body is producing large amounts of progesterone and estrogen, which in turn relaxes smooth muscle tissue all over even in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The food, therefore, moves slowly through your system, resulting in bloating. But this allows better absorption of nutrients into your blood stream, into the placenta and into your baby's system.  Therefore, although indigestion causes you discomfort, it is good for the baby.

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