Constipation During Pregnancy

Constipation During Pregnancy

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.

Constipation During Pregnancy

Constipation During Pregnancy

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:

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.

Additional Information

American Pregnancy: Pregnancy and constipation

American Pregnancy: Pregnancy and heartburn

March of dimes: Heartburn and indigestion


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