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Constipation is not opening your bowels as often as you normally do. Our bowel habits are very different. Being regular can mean going once every three days for one person and going three times a day for another.
Drink more fluids, but not tea, coffee, cola or alcohol.
Eat more fibre which is found in fruit, fresh vegetables and wholemeal foods.
Regular exercise improves bowel habits.
Relaxing in a hot bath may help you to go.
Never put off going the toilet when you know you need to go.
Taking too many laxatives can stop your bowels working on their own.
If you notice a change in your stools or get frequent stomach ache ask to see your pharmacist.
If you are having to take regular laxatives, ask our pharmacist for advice.