How to relieve constipation in pregnancy

Recently I went on a bit of a search for blog posts on constipation in pregnancy.

A client in my Pregnancy Exercise class wanted tips on how to relieve constipation and there wasn’t a lot of time to go through the advice in  class. I had a good search in google and on YouTube and even reached out to the Women’s Health Physiotherapy community for advice on where to find good resources online.

But I came up empty!!

So rather than get annoyed, I thought I’d just jump on a call with the amazing Jessica Drummond and see if she would share her tips with us.

For those that don’t know Jessica, she is an incredible physical therapist based in Connecticut, who combines nutrition and lifestyle advice with more traditional physical therapy treatment modalities.

In the interview, we discuss her clinical role with patients as well as how she is now an educator of health and fitness professionals around the globe through the Integrative Women’s Health Institute. You can see her passion for these topics coming through in our conversation around hormonal imbalances!

 

What did we talk about?

0 mins –  In the introduction, we learn more about Jessica’s story – how her own experiences with adrenal fatigue took her on a journey that not only changed her health but also her career. We hear about how Jessica used nutrition and lifestyle modifications to heal her body and leave her feeling better than she had every felt before!

16 mins – We discuss the response of clients and other health professionals to applying a more holistic approach to dealing with conditions such as pelvic pain.

20 minsWhat is constipation? What is normal in terms of how often we empty our bowels? We learn more about the technical definition of constipation versus what might be considered more optimal bowel habits.

23 mins – Why do women suffer from constipation in pregnancy? Here Jessica discusses some of the reasons why women get constipated – and it isn’t just the hormones!

26 minsHow can you relieve or prevent constipation in pregnancy? Here we dive into the treatment options which include things like self massage, nutritional advice and lifestyle strategies. Yes, we discuss iron supplementation too!

33 minsWhat is the best way to poop? We talk about tips for positioning and relaxing the pelvic floor so you can have an easier poop!

37 minsWhat if you have an acute episode of constipation? Here I have a TMI moment and talk about my episode of painful acute constipation in early pregnancy and ask Jessica what she recommends for clients.

40 mins – rounding up the interview, we talk about how to find Jessica and we discuss all the amazing online programs that she has created – from relieving pelvic pain to balancing hormones. We also have a chat about the importance of appropriate nutrient stores and base fitness levels prior to pregnancy. Honestly we probably could have chatted for another hour or two on this, but it was getting late in the evening for me and Jessica needed to go see clients!

 

To learn more about Jessica, head to her website and sign up for her email list NOW!

Integrative Women’s Health Institute

 

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