Here are some signs that you might be constipated

  • Having fewer than three bowel movements a week Hard dry stool
  • Having stools that are hard, dry, or lumpy
  • Straining or having pain when you have a bowel movement
  • Feeling like you haven’t completely emptied your bowels after a bowel movement
  • Feeling bloated or swollen in your abdomen

If you’re experiencing some of these symptoms, there are a few things you can try to relieve constipation at home:

  • Increase your intake of fiber. Fiber helps to add bulk to your stool and make it softer and easier to pass. You can get fiber from fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. Fluids help to keep your stool soft and moving through your intestines. Aim for eight glasses of water a day.
  • Exercise regularly. Exercise helps to stimulate your digestive system and can help to relieve constipation.
  • Don’t ignore the urge to go. When you have the urge to have a bowel movement, don’t ignore it. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to go.

If you’ve tried these home remedies and you’re still constipated, or if you’re experiencing other symptoms such as severe abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, or weight loss, it’s important to see a doctor to rule out any underlying medical conditions.