Lifestyle Changes Can Help

How often you have a bowel movement varies, but people normally have as many as three bowel movements a day to as few as three a week.  You may be constipated if you have fewer bowel movements than are normal for you.  In addition, constipation may involve stools that are difficult to pass because they’re hard, dry or small.

  • Eat fiber-rich foods, such as wheat bran, fruits, vegetables and oats.
  • Drink plenty of fluids daily.
  • Exercise regularly.

Lifestyle improvements relieve constipation for many people, but if problems continue despite these changes, your next choice may be a mild laxative.  Ask your doctor or pharmacist about the best option for you.

Source:  Mayo Clinic