Common Pregnancy Woes

Constipation

Why It Happens

Iron supplements can cause constipation (infrequent bowel movements), and hormonal changes can mean slower digestion. Plus, near the end of pregnancy the pressure that the uterus exerts on the rectum can add to the problem.

What to Do

  • Drink plenty of liquids (experts recommend eight glasses a day). Also, drinking prune juice can help make you more regular.
  • Opt for high-fiber foods like raw fruits, vegetables, beans, whole-grain bread, and bran cereal.
  • Walk. Light exercise can aid digestion.

When to Be Concerned

Talk to your doctor if the above steps don't offer any relief. He may suggest a bulk-forming agent such as Metamucil or Citrucel to make your stool easier to pass. Never take laxatives during pregnancy.

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