Certain chemotherapy drugs and pain medication can cause constipation. Additionally, a decrease in the amount of daily physical activity and a poor diet can make constipation worse.

What Can I Do to Prevent Constipation?

The following suggestions will help prevent constipation.

  • Drink plenty of water. Fluids keep the stool soft. Try to drink six to eight (8 ounce) glasses of fluid a day.
  • Eat foods high in fiber, such as fruit, vegetables, bran, popcorn, raisins, dates, and whole-grains. High-fiber foods stimulate the intestines to move.
  • Avoid cheese, meat, processed food, and other low-fiber foods that cause constipation.
  • Check with your doctor prior to using any over-the-counter laxatives.