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To help combat constipation, drink plenty of water (at least 10, eight-ounce glasses per day). Pregnant women need to drink more water than usual in order to keep their intestines and baby healthy. Eat foods that are high in fiber, such as lentils, black beans, lima beans, whole wheat pasta, pears, or peas Another way to cure constipation is exercise. Even light or moderate walking can help to loosen your bowels and relieve bloating. Alternating hot and cold beverages can also naturally stimulate your bowels and reduce gas. For example, munch on some ice chips, and then treat yourself to a warm cup of decaffeinated tea. You can always speak with your doctor, if you have any questions or concerns. Your doctor may recommend a stool softener that is safe for you to take during pregnancy.
Are you feeling hungrier than usual? Remember, an occasional splurge is okay; but your body only really needs 300 additional calories a day while you are pregnant.