Constipation is a common digestive issue where pooing becomes difficult or infrequent, often resulting in hard, dry poo. It can usually be treated with changes to your lifestyle or diet.

You may have constipation if you have:

Difficulty having a poo
Pain when you poo, or need to strain to get it out
Had less than 3 poos in the last week
  • Not eating enough fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
  • Not drinking enough water or fluids
  • Not getting enough exercise
  • Difficulty having a poo
  • Feeling like you can’t empty your bowels
  • Abdominal bloating, discomfort, or cramping
  • Infrequent bowel movements, typically fewer than three times a week
  • Straining when pooing or experiencing pain
  • Eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day
  • Increase your physical activity
  • Establish a regular bathroom routine and give yourself time to poo comfortably 

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