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What can I do for constipation..?

By Anonymous July 2, 2017 - 9:03pm
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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. Thank you for reaching out to our community for help.

Constipation is generally described as having fewer than three bowel movements a week.

Constipation most commonly occurs when waste or stool moves too slowly through the digestive tract or cannot be eliminated effectively from the rectum, which may cause the stool to become hard and dry.

Adding fiber to your diet increases the weight of your stool and speeds its passage through your intestines. Slowly begin to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables each day. Choose whole-grain breads and cereals.

Your doctor may recommend a specific number of grams of fiber to consume each day. In general, aim for 14 grams of fiber for every 1,000 calories in your daily diet.

A sudden increase in the amount of fiber you eat can cause bloating and gas, so start slowly and work your way up to your goal over a few weeks.

Physical activity increases muscle activity in your intestines. Try to fit in exercise most days of the week. If you do not already exercise, talk to your doctor about whether you are healthy enough to start an exercise program.

Take your time in the bathroom, allowing yourself enough time to have a bowel movement without distractions and without feeling rushed.

Anonymous, if this problem worsens or you notice blood with bowel movements, please contact your doctor.


July 3, 2017 - 6:50am
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