Constipation: Prevention and Complications

Prevention Tips

  • Drink at least 3 litres of water every day.
  • Add fiber to your diet as Fibre gives bulk to bowel movement making the stool easier to pass.
  • Increase physical activity. Exercise regularly.
  • Move your bowels when you feel the urge.
  • Avoid fatty and junk foods. 
Eat small regular meals and chew thoroughly to relieve any strain on the digestive system. Do not ignore the signal to eliminate. Abdominal massage in a clockwise direction around tummy button can help.
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Watch Out

Blood in stools

When to See Doctor

Call your doctor if
  • You have blood in your stool.
  • You are losing weight even though you are not dieting.
  • You have severe pain with bowel movements.
  • Your constipation has lasted more than two weeks.

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