Are you constipated?
Each body is different, and it's normal for people to go #2 anywhere from three times a day to three times a week - you're probably not constipated if you fall within this range and your stools are soft and pass easily.
However, you may be constipated if you are having three or fewer bowel movements each week.
Millions of Americans experience constipation from time to time. Don't be alarmed if you experience constipation every once in a while, as most causes of occasional constipation can be easily treated and are not a cause for concern.
The most common signs of constipation are:
- A feeling of being blocked up
- Straining or difficulty passing stools
- Hard or pellet-shaped stools
- A sense of incomplete emptying after a bowel movement
Acute Constipation – see your doctor
While most cases of occasional constipation are easily treatable with gentle Fleet® products, contact your doctor if you are experiencing:
- Abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting
- A sudden change in bowel habits lasting more than 2 weeks
- Rectal bleeding
- Symptoms of dehydration (feeling thirsty, dizziness, vomiting, urinating less often than normal)
How to help prevent constipation
In most cases, you can take these simple steps to help prevent constipation:
- Eat more fiber, including beans, bran, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables
- Drink plenty of liquids
- Exercise regularly
- Don't ignore the urge to have a bowel movement
Travel, changes in daily routine, certain medicines, hormonal disorders, and medical conditions such as diabetes and cancer, can also lead to occasional constipation.