Pregnancy and Constipation
Many pregnant women complain of constipation. Signs of constipation include having hard, dry stools; fewer than three bowel movements per week; and painful bowel movements.
Higher levels of hormones due to pregnancy slow down digestion and relax muscles in the bowels leaving many women constipated. Plus, the pressure of the expanding uterus on the bowels can contribute to constipation.
What Might Help
- Drink eight to 10 glasses of water daily.
- Don't drink caffeine.
- Eat fiber-rich foods, such as fresh or dried fruit, raw vegetables, and whole-grain cereals and breads.
- Try mild physical activity.
Call the Doctor if:
Tell your doctor if constipation does not go away.
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