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Ask any new mother what are some of the challenges that she faces after child birth and rarely will you hear constipation being listed as one of them. Constipation is a widespread and common problem but most people are embarrassed to talk about it and instead, choose to brush this issue aside. In most cases, it is difficult to pinpoint a single cause as constipation is caused by a combination of things that have a negative impact on the digestive system.
Some of the symptoms of constipation include:
Our bodies are creatures of habit, and so a change in your normal daily routine can affect your toilet habits. Sometimes even going to unfamiliar toilets might have effect on your bowel movement. Or, if you’ve been worrying about using the loos on a plane, or a long car journey, it can have an effect. New places, eating different types of food or getting dehydrated when you’re abroad can leave you constipated too.
Feeling a bit stressed out lately? It might be affecting your gut. If you’re struggling with work datelines, money worries, relationship dramas or going through a big change in your life, it can have a knock on effect on your digestive system, as can long term stress.
A lot of women say they get a bit constipated just before their period every month. Is that you?
I’m sure many of you have had your fair share of experience with constipation at some point in your life and wondered what is the best or most effective way of treating this seemingly embarrassing problem. The best news is.. YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Also, there is nothing to be embarrassed about as it is a common problem that can happen to anyone and everyone, babies included especially if they are formula fed.
Apart from babies, constipation can also occur to their mothers, which explains the whole objective of my blog post today, that is to share about my experience with postpartum constipation when I was a new mum myself last year. Actually, some mothers might experience constipation during pregnancy as the pregnancy hormones relaxes and slows down the movement of food through the intestines. As pregnancy progresses, the baby gets bigger and increased downward pressure on the pelvic area makes constipation more likely to occur.
Towards the end of my third trimester, I began to feel a little constipated and things didn’t improve even after I delivered. I guess it was also because of all the pain and stitching after a natural vaginal birth that made me extra apprehensive about trying to move my bowels in the hospital. I mean, wouldn’t it be scary if your stitches rip apart?! The thought of it is enough to turn my legs into jelly. I remember confiding in my gynae that I was worried about not being able to empty my bowels before I was being discharged and she readily got a nurse to administer a rectal suppository for me.
Despite having a confinement nanny, my first two weeks being a new mother was a stressful period and I was in great pain most of the time. Instead of light exercises like walking or swimming which I used to do when I was pregnant, I was in bed all the time, except when I had to eat or visit the bathroom. As for my diet, confinement foods are known to be slightly on the heaty side as mothers are supposed to avoid cooling foods during confinement. In addition to this, I was also taking iron supplements. I believe all these factors contributed to my postpartum constipation in one way or another, and when a fellow mummy told me to give Dulcolax Laxative Tablets a try, I thought why not?
Upon hearing the brand “Dulcolax”, I thought it rings a bell and later found out that Dulcolax is the World’s number 1 laxative being around in the market for more than 60 years, providing effective relief for constipation in more than 50 countries worldwide. Also, it is readily available in all leading pharmacies such as Watsons, Guardian and Unity, which probably explains why Dulcolax sounded so familiar to me. The brand must have been registered in my mind subconsciously when I was browsing shelves upon shelves in the pharmacies!
When I first got my hands on a box of Dulcolax Laxative Tablets, I was a little doubtful that these tablets would get the job done. They are sooo tiny! But really, do not judge the effectiveness of a laxative tablet by its size. I later found out for myself that these tablets are minuscule but powerful! Dulcolax is a gentle laxative and is gentle on the stomach because it acts only when it is needed, at the bowel. Dulcolax laxative tablets must be swallowed whole with water and must not be chewed or crushed because these tablets have a special ‘enteric coating’ which prevents the active ingredient from being released until it reaches the part of the intestines where it is needed to work.
Whenever I feel constipated, I use Dulcolax Laxative Tablets about 30 minutes to an hour before my bedtime as it takes about 8 to 12 hours to work. This laxative is safe, providing gentle yet effective overnight relief. Although constipation is a common problem, most people tend to delay seeking relief with laxatives because of the many myths and misconceptions surrounding constipation and laxatives which are not evidence based. Having tried and tested these Dulcolax Laxative Tablets myself, I find it really work for me! As a breastfeeding mother, I know most mums would be concerned if the active or derivative components of the laxatives get passed into mother’s milk and the answer is NO for Dulcolax! They have a proven study to support this.
I’m glad to have found an effective solution for my constipation! In the past, I was not comfortable of taking laxative because I thought it would be addictive and harsh. Thanks to Dulcolax Tablets for solving my constipation problem, improving my quality of life!
If you are not entirely sure if you are suffering from constipation, feel free to take a simple quiz or share your own experience with constipation here http://www.myconstipationrelief.com/get_your_solution/symptom_checker.html
Lastly, let’s remember to treat constipation during its early stages before things turn complicated! Dulcolax Laxative Tablets can be found in all leading pharmacies.