Progesterone levels rise rapidly after ovulation (about 12 to 14 days before most women get their periods).
The hormone progesterone relaxes the muscles; it is given to pregnant women to prevent premature labor. It has calming properties powerful enough to prevent uterine contractions. However, this sedative effect can also cause constipation.
In fact, this is another cause of constipation in pregnant women. Because progesterone levels are elevated during pregnancy, it can be difficult for food to pass through the digestive tract.
Through peristalsis, stool moves through the digestive tract. The waves produced by this process, which include contraction and relaxation of the smooth muscles of the digestive tract, allow the contents to descend. Because of its calming effects, progesterone may inhibit this movement.
Tips to avoid constipation during menstruation
This is totally cyclical and natural. However, since you now understand what is happening, there are some things you can do to relieve constipation during pms:
- Refined carbohydrates, sugar, gluten, fried foods and processed foods you should eliminate from your diet.
- Add fiber: Soluble and insoluble fibers are different, both will facilitate progress. Also, increase your intake of fruits, vegetables, flax, chia, hemp, lentils and other legumes. In addition, you can try any of the chia puddings and foods that help you go to the bathroom.
- Hydrate: It is crucial to increase your water intake if you increase your fiber intake. Water is necessary for your digestive system to properly break down foods.