Simple, Natural Constipation Remedy

Constipation is the pits.

Of course, well-meaning people tell you to drink plenty of fluids, exercise regularly, and eat a healthy diet. But sometimes we still need an extra “push.”

Now, chronic constipation is another issue altogether, and can be a result of thyroid issues, food allergies or a bacterial imbalance in your gut. Best to address this with a holistic health care provider who can help you get to the root of issue.

But, today, I want to share with you a simple and inexpensive remedy for the occasional spell of constipation that’s worked for me and many others.

Two pears a day.

Yep, that’s it.

Organic is best. You can eat them raw. You can cook them. Or you can enjoy them in my Protein Pear Pudding. Doesn’t really matter how you eat them just as long as you fit in two a day.

How about YOU? What natural remedy helps you with the occasional constipation?

About the Author

Genevieve Howland is a childbirth educator and breastfeeding advocate. She is the bestselling author of The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth and creator of the Mama Natural Birth Course. A mother of three, graduate of the University of Colorado, and YouTuber with over 75,000,000 views, she helps mothers and moms-to-be lead healthier and more natural lives.


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  1. This article was very helpful. Questions answered. Now l know when to eat the.pears!! Thanks. ☺

  2. Constipation is a condition of the digestive system where an individual has hard feces that are difficult to expel. That’s why I prefer bowtrol colon control to stay away from constipation.

  3. Dried apricots! Eat a handful at night before bed and it’s much easier to go in the morning.

  4. I am now 32 weeks pregnant but for about the first 4 months I was severely constipated! The only thing that seemed to make a difference was setting an alarm for every hour of the day and drinking 8oz of water each time.

  5. After I cleaned up my diet a few years ago and started eating a diet high in veggies and fiber (and drinking lots of water) I did not have any issues in this department. However, since I have been pregnant I’ve been dealing with pretty bad constipation for the past two months (prunes did not help me). After reading this post last week I have been eating two pears everyday (on my 5th day now) and have gone to the bathroom EVERYDAY! Thank you!

  6. what does the job every time is squatting like the majority of people in the world. Constipation is a modern world problem. My son’s constipation problems and my own previously were resolved the minute we went squatting instead of sitting. Cannot have it more natural than that. Makes perfect sense once one understands how our body works.

    • I squat and that still doesn’t help. Although, it works like a charm when I’m not pregnant.

  7. wine, nervousness, excitement, coffee, or a Bikram class.

    all the above get things moving if I am slower than normal.

  8. Pears helps me! but Papaya works better for me.

  9. I have always found chugging a big (huge) glass of water gets things moving. Pears sound more delicious though 😉

  10. Lemon water first thing and then chia seeds in my oatmeal. Running/exercise also works wonders!

  11. I am 19 and have been told that I have a very sluggish digestive system. Fiber, prunes…nothing seems to help. What works for me is when I take extra Vitamin C, and magnesium oxate or magnesium citrate pills.

  12. There is one thing that works like a charm for constipation and my baby loves it: PAPAYA!

  13. This is great! i have been making pear/apple sauce with apple cider instead of water. So yum! but I love the idea of adding gelatin and fat. Thanks!

  14. If you are a veggie-holic and need to “firm up”, a small glass of whole buttermilk daily works wonders!

  15. I used to take coffee for constipation, but now we just eat a good diet with lots of fiber and veggies, some coconut water, extra magnesium, dark chocolate, and I’m usually good! Stress also blocks me up, so I like taking Bach Rescue Remedy.

  16. I was constipated after the birth of my daughter, and eating a salad every day for lunch plus some fresh fruit (apples right now) has been the only thing that helps. All those raw veggies and fruits every day do the trick!

  17. Woah I had never heard of coconut oil working for constipation, too! Seriously what an amazing food! It does everything!

    I just eat boat loads of produce, and try to avoid bananas n apples when I’m feeling not-so-regular. Prunes are my faaaavorite!

    • Prunes never worked for me but I know they do for LOTS of people.

  18. Coconut oil does the trick for me.

    What can’t it do?!

  19. coconut oil! it was a lifesaver after i had my son and went through awful constipation. i think i would have rather given birth twice than dealt with that aftermath….anyways, taking a big spoonful of coconut oil every morning (mixed into my oatmeal) literally saved me!

    • Good call. Coconut oil always helps since it’s pro-metabolic.

  20. Oh Lord honey don’t I know it. I have had chronic constipation for 30 years… literally since I was a little girl. The only thing that ever helped (and I tried everything) was when I started taking thyroid meds. Of course, now I can’t get anyone to write me a scrip because my thyroid levels are “normal”, ugh!!

    So I rely on a complicated array of daily habits such as: eating lots of coconut oil and fat in general, eating a daily raw carrot salad a la Ray Peat, taking probiotics and eating kimchi/sauerkraut, squatting to poo, taking supplemental magnesium, limiting grains etc.

    It usually works. I tell my husband he should get on his knees and thank God every day that he can #*%(% like a normal person!!!!

    • I have the same situation -since I can remember. Right now I’m addicted to stool softeners and laxatives because I barely managed to recover from a recurrent anal fissure. Even though I’m against taking medication for this, I needed it so badly. However, all it takes is a slightly hard stool and I am back to bleeding and excruciating pain. Not to mention chronic hemorrhoid crisis on top of everything else. I have a hard time developing a routine where I can keep things under control for a significant amount of time. I find that it’s so easy to eat too much or too little of something and get constipated right away. I tell my husband the same things! 🙂 oh… how badly I wish I didn’t need to deal with all this. Planning to conceive is scary at this point because everybody tells stories about how they develop these problems when they get pregnant – I don’t want to imagine what I will have to go through then!
      How can I find a holistic health care provider to help me with this?

      • I would say ask around your local natural health market or your friends that have gone the natural route. Juice fasting, enemas, and cleaning up my diet has helped tremendously! Now that I’m pregnant I still have some issues, but that’s because underlying issues tend to come to the surface when you get pregnant. I like Dr. Morse products, GI broom and other herbal blends for digestion issues (check about taking these if your pregnant though). Spirit of Health in Grandview, MO is where I have found his products and been able to have a consultation with a nauturpath.

  21. Completely agree! LO deals with constipation constantly and pears are the only thig that help.

    • YAY! Glad to hear they’re working for your LO too 🙂

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