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Avoid the ‘rrhoids

September 22nd, 2008 by Glow Mama

It’s a unpleasant and painful subject we know… and one so often left out of those gorgeous soft pink and blue pregnancy handbooks, but hemorrhoids are far more common during pregnancy and after childbirth than you’d think.  Some estimates are as high as 50% of moms-to-be! 

While there are a lot of great products for relief of the ‘rroids, how about preventing them in the first case? Since constipation is one of the main contributing factors in developing this type of “vericose veins” (along with pressure from the baby and those weird hormones)… wouldn’t we all want to tackle it head on?

The 3 Fs to keeping regular:

  1. Fitness - get moving every day, even if its a short brisk walk or a pre-natal yoga class
  2. Fluids - drinking 8 - 10 glasses a day of non-caffeinated, non-alcoholic liquids will keep you hydrated
  3. Fiber - while there’s no official recommendation on fiber, most nutritionists agree that adults should get between 25 and 35 grams of fiber a day, in a mix of both soluble and insoluble.  The scary part is that most people in the US average between 5 and 10 grams per day!

How much is 25 grams of fiber?

Does that mean we have to start having bulgar, lentils and vegetable barley soup every night?  Luckily, no.  While brown grains and pastas are all good sources of fiber… so are fruit and veggies… and Glow Mama.  This yummy looking plate of breakfast is infact 25 grams of fiber!  Talk about getting the hard work over and done with for the day.

(1 banana (3g) + 2x Glow Mama (8g) + 1 bowl hot oatmeal (8g) + 1 apple (4g) + 1 brand muffin (2g) )

More fiber tips:

  • For a brand to be able to claim it’s a “good source of fiber” it must have at least 2.5 grams per serving (Glow Mama has 4grams per bottle).
  • Don’t suddenly increase your fiber intake as that’ll shock your body and make you burn through the bathroom tissue faster than they can chop the trees down. 
  • Also, it’s important to remember that fiber acts as a bulking agent by absorbing some of the fluid in your body… so you have to keep hydrated, or extra hydrated so things can keep moving.

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3 Responses to “Avoid the ‘rrhoids”

  1. Kim @ What's That Smell? Says:

    Anything to avoid these nasty things!
    Childbirth is bad enough.
    Thanks for the great tips!

  2. Melody from ~Pennies In My Pocket~ Says:

    Oh it’s so glamorous being a female! LOL I should forward this tip to all my 1st time prego friends…introduce them to the TRUTH. ;-)


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