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Many New Moms Experience Occasional Constipation After Delivery


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aving a new baby is an exciting and life-changing event. You’ve read the books, taken the classes and talked with other new moms. Of all the advice offered to


pregnant women and new moms, there’s one piece of information that too often goes unmentioned, and that is you might experience occasional constipation. Many new moms I care for don’t realize that they may suffer from occasional constipation or digestive problems sometime after delivery.


A recent survey of new moms revealed that 61% did not anticipate experiencing occasional constipation after childbirth. Tis survey of 501 new mothers was conducted in November 2012 by Russell Research in collaboration with Colace® Capsules, a stool softener in the Purdue Products L.P., line of laxatives. Constipation and difficulty going to the bathroom are common after childbirth, and moms should not be embarrassed to discuss it with their doctor. As a registered nurse, I see plenty of new moms dealing with post-childbirth constipation.


Te key is eating healthy foods, drinking sufficient amounts of water and trying to get a little exercise.


Here are some tips I share with new moms post-delivery:


• Drink up. Water is vitally important but sometimes overlooked. Adequate hydration helps prevent constipation and is key if breastfeeding.


• Eat nutrient rich foods. A healthy diet can help healing and boost energy that you need to care for yourself and your newborn.


• Add fiber to your diet. Increase fiber in your diet, by eating fresh fruit, vegetables, legumes and whole grains. Start the day with a high fiber, whole grain cereal and fruit, consume a vegetable or fruit with lunch and dinner and snack on fresh veggies throughout the day.


• Get Some Exercise. Listen to your body, but get moving. Build up activity slowly and talk to your doctor before initiating a rigorous exercise plan.


As a mom, I know how challenging it can be to make time to exercise and to maintain a balanced diet, which are both important in helping to avoid occasional constipation. So when new moms discuss occasional constipation with me, I recommend what my doctor recommended for me, Colace® Capsules. Colace is the #1 stool softener brand recommended by doctors and pharmacists. If pregnant or breastfeeding, you should always ask a healthcare professional before use and only use as directed.


Linda Ciampa, RN Log onto www.ColaceCapsules.com for more information on how to


relieve occasional constipation, and to find healthy recipes and exercise tips Please read full product label before use.


If pregnant or nursing please consult with your doctor before use.


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