A Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Lagos State University College of Medicine, Prof. Adetokunbo Fabamwo, has said that pregnant women can avoid constipation in pregnancy by consuming a lot of fruits and vegetables.
Prof. Fabamwo who is the Chief Medical Director of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, maintains the consumption of fruits and vegetables aids bowel movement.
The maternal health expert disclosed this during an exclusive interview with PUNCH HealthWise, stressing that eating healthy diets during pregnancy reduces the risk of cardiovascular complications.
The gynaecologist urged expectant mothers to embrace the consumption of fruits and vegetables, noting that pregnancy tends to slow down bowel movement.
Prof. Fabamwo explained, “There are classes of food that are beneficial to pregnant women that we encourage them to ingest when they are pregnant.
“We encourage pregnant women to take a lot of fruits and vegetables for gastrointestinal activity, adding that pregnancy tends to promote constipation.
“The movement of the bowels tends to slow down in pregnancy. Also, the pressure of the uterus on the bowels tends to make pregnant women constipated.