Constipation: They just aren’t that easy to pass

26
Jun
2020

Do you poop lesser than 3 times a week? If the answer is yes, then you might be having constipation. This is a common problem that happens to people of all ages especially in women who are pregnant or after giving birth.

Some of the constipation’s symptoms are:

  • Poops less than 3 times a week
  • Hard or dry stool
  • Larger stool than usual
  • Difficulty or stressed to push out
  • Lesser stool than your normal routine
  • Feeling painful when passing stool
  • Feeling of have not totally emptied your intestine
  • No appetite

What can cause constipation?

  • Low fibre diet intake
  • Lack of body movement or sitting for a long period
  • Not drinking sufficient water
  • Ignoring the needs to go toilet
  • Changes in lifestyle or diet
  • Side effects caused by some medicines
  • Depression or stress
  • Ageing

Some easy ways of changing your lifestyle and diet to treat constipation at home:

Diet

  • Drink lots of water
  • Avoid alcohol intake
  • Eat more fibre-rich food (eg. vegetables, fruits, oats and chia seeds)

Toilet routine

  • Go toilet at a regular time and make sure you have enough time to use the toilet
  • Use the toilet immediately when you feel the needs to go toilet
  • Put your feet on a low stool or leaning your body slightly forward when going to the toilet

Lifestyle

  • Exercise regularly helps to prevent constipation
  • Avoid sitting or lying on the bed for a long period

After applying all these changes, it takes a few days to a week to spot a difference. If your constipation problem does not improve or your symptoms become worse, seek medical advice immediately.

Reference: nhs.uk. 2020. Constipation. [online] Available at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/constipation/