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Constipation During Pregnancy

Constipation throughout the first, second and third trimester of pregnancy is a common complaint from pregnant women. Some women, however, do not know that you do NOT have to suffer through it, and that there are things that can be done to prevent it.

Early in pregnancy, constipation is caused by a change in your hormones which can make your digestive system sluggish and often uncooperative. Later in pregnancy, the constipation can be aided by the increased size of your uterus and the baby pushing down on the intestines and inner organs, not allowing as much room for food to pass.

What You Can Do
There are several things you can do to help ease or prevent the occurrence of constipation.

  • Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated has been proven to help keep your system regulated, both while pregnant and not pregnant. Doctors recommend that both pregnant and unpregnant women drink at least eight glasses of water a day. 
  • Get more fiber. Fiber in your diet will help your bowel movements remain loose and regular. You can get fiber in fruits and vegetables, as well as grains. If you don’t feel like you are getting enough fiber, ask your doctor about taking a fiber supplement. 
  • Watch the calcium. Too much calcium while pregnant can cause your bowels to harden and lead to constipation. Try to avoid eating more than the recommended amount of dairy foods. 
  • Keep active. Exercise can help keep your system regulated. Keep up a walking routine, swim if you can, or lift some light weights if your doctor says it is safe.

If you are trying all this and the constipation still is not letting up, ask your doctor or midwife about the possibility of taking extra supplements or laxatives. There may be additional remedies that your provider can recommend to help bring you relief.

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4 years 5 months ago

I’ve always suffered from constipation and it’s even worse now I’m pregnant. Prune juice works best for me, especially if I drink it on an empty stomach, for some reason. The stuff from concentrate works just as well as the expensive fresh alternative. Oh and certain yoga poses do the trick too (although obviously only do what an instructor trained in pregnancy yoga recommends…). And lots of water….and walking….

4 years 7 months ago

im 36 weeks and my Doctor told me to try miralax I took it for 3 days and its easy to mix in any drink thats 4-8 ounces and doesnt taste gross it helped me out a lot! its also prego safe! and she said she even gives it to her 3 and 1 year old if there having some constipation problems so I definetly reccommend trying it out!

5 years 4 months ago


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5 years 11 months ago

im 16 weeks and have found that herbal tea is a great way to get my bowels moving ! worked wonders 4 me 🙂

6 years 10 months ago

I’m searching for some information about severe constipation and I’ve just found this blog! An interesting read which I thought to be of value. I will return to have more time to take in more.

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