Constipation affects over 50% of all pregnant women. The information below includes the causes and also some things you can do to minimize constipation problems.
Early pregnancy has its share of discomforts including morning sickness and back pain as well as fatigue and a variety of other discomforts. Constipation is very common occurring in about 50% of all pregnant women.
Typically, for a pregnant woman, constipation is related to an increase in the hormone progesterone which slows the digestive process resulting in constipation, gas and heartburn. In addition the colon absorbs more water which makes your stools harder. Worry, anxiety, minimal physical exercise, and a low-fiber diet may also cause constipation. Sometimes iron tablets may contribute to constipation.
Methods of managing constipation include:
Eating a high fiber diet
Drinking a lot of fluids
Make sure to consult with your health care provider before you take any over-the-counter or herbal remedies. Laxative pills and mineral oils are not recommended for the treatment of constipation during pregnancy.
American Pregnancy: Pregnancy and constipation
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