Constipation can mean that your stools are hard and dry or that you have difficulty passing a bowel movement. In medical terms, constipation is generally considered to be fewer than three bowel movements per week.
WHAT CAUSES CONSTIPATION?
There are many possible causes of constipation, and most are not serious. These can include lifestyle changes such as diet or activity level, stress, some medications, pregnancy or not consuming enough fiber and fluids.
WHAT ARE SYMPTOMS OF CONSTIPATION?
Symptoms can include few bowel movements per week, hard stools that are difficult or uncomfortable to pass, the need to strain during movement, and aches and cramping associated with bowel movements.
HOW CAN I PREVENT CONSTIPATION?
To help prevent occasional constipation, make sure to drink adequate fluids, eat a diet that is rich in fiber, including bran cereal, fresh vegetables and fruit, and maintain an active exercise routine.
WHAT ARE THE HEALTH RISKS OF CONSTIPATION?
Occasional constipation is normal for most people, but if your symptoms last for more than three months, your constipation is considered chronic and may be associated with other health conditions.
HOW CAN I FIND RELIEF FROM OCCASIONAL CONSTIPATION?
For relief, try an osmotic laxative like MiraLAX®. Unlike stimulant laxatives, osmotic laxatives work naturally with the water in your body to hydrate and hold water in the stool, making them softer and easier to pass.