Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond

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Constipation in Pregnancy

About half of all pregnant women report that they suffer from constipation. When you’re pregnant, large amounts of progesterone circulate in your bloodstream, slowing the activity of your digestive tract, and constipation can result. If you take an iron supplement, constipation can be made worse.

Constipation-in-Pregnancy

About half of all pregnant women report that they suffer from constipation. When you’re pregnant, large amounts of progesterone circulate in your bloodstream, slowing the activity of your digestive tract, and constipation can result. If you take an iron supplement, constipation can be made worse.

Here are a few suggestions for preventing or dealing with constipation:

Adopting these strategies is a successful approach to preventing or treating constipation for most women, meaning a laxative isn’t usually required. However, if you find that you can’t avoid a laxative, don’t use one more than twice per week (unless, of course, your midwife or doctor advises otherwise). The safest laxatives to take during pregnancy are bulk-producing laxatives such as Fybogel or Metamucil.


 

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This article is an excerpt from Pregnancy For Dummies 3rd Edition (Australian and New Zealand Edition)

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