Constipation and Hemorrhoids

Constipation

Many pregnant women suffer from constipation. Pregnancy hormones, which help prevent miscarriage, also keep the wind in your body moving upward, instead of downward, this can make it more difficult to pass stool. Remember, you must drink plenty of fluids, like pure water, fruit and vegetable juices, and healthy, non-caffeinated teas.

Eating plenty of wholesome foods, like fresh fruit, salads, lightly steamed vegetables, and whole grains, will help as they contain roughage and prevent constipation. Junk food on the other hand can cause constipation.

Constipation commonly goes hand-in-hand with headaches. This may be due to a build up of toxins in your body, hormones, stress, a stiff neck or dehydration.

Do:

  • Drink plenty of fluids; water, fruit and vegetable juices, healthy teas.
  • Eat roughage, found in fresh fruit, salads, vegetables, whole grains.
  • Dry fruits, soaked in water, currants, raisins, apricots, figs and prunes really help.
  • Stay active, go for walks, do yoga or go swimming. It will help promote regular bowel movements.
  • Take a good quality probiotic supplement

Don’ts

  • Avoid junk foods, made with white flour and white sugar, they stop you up.
  • NO Laxatives while Pregnant!

Hemorrhoids

Pregnancy certainly can cause hemorrhoids, or make them worse, due to increased vascular pressure and increased blood supply, plus nutritional strain.  The pressure of the growing baby on your pelvic floor and additional blood volume associated with pregnancy exacerbates hemorrhoids. This aliment is also sometimes caused by constipation. Sometimes it runs in families, perhaps due to the family sharing the same dietary habits. Let’s face it, it’s not a happy situation.

Most women who avoid constipation and generally keep good health spontaneously loose the hemorrhoids soon after the baby is born. Take the steps above to prevent painful hemorrhoids.

Increase your intake of fresh vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans sprouts, whole grains, wheat germ and fruit. Try eating yogurt with fruit, seeds, nuts and wheat germ sprinkled on top.Taking a good quality probiotic supplement is very helpful as well.

Nothing helps relieve constipation and abate hemorrhoids better than drinking plenty of pure water. The additional vitamin A, B, C and E will help you heal.

To reduce swelling and inflammation of hemorrhoids, try Witch Hazel or ginger compresses, made with fresh grated raw ginger, applied directly. Keep the area clean by washing often with warm water and mild, natural soap, and pat dry. Never use bleaching soaps or strongly perfumed soaps on your body.

Gently push the hemorrhoids back inside, apply Hemorrhoid Oil as described below. Do NOT rush your bowel movements, don’t push. Squatting on the toilet, rather than sitting, helps to maintain better pelvic health. However comfort is key.

Hemorrhoid Curing Oil:

  • 3 oz. Castor Oil (choose the odor free, organic)
  • 7 to 11 drops pure Tea Tree Oil
  • 7 to 11 drops pure Lavender Essential Oil

Decant all above oils into a small bottle or jar. Apply to clean dry area, gently pushing hemorrhoids back inside.

 

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