Pregnancy and Constipation
It is not uncommon for pregnant women to have constipation and it can cause discomfort in an often lovely time.
What causes Constipation during Pregnancy?
During pregnancy, your hormone levels change
Progesterone causes the muscles to relax, reducing the activity of the intestines. Therefore, the body re-absorbs more water from the intestines, making the stool hard and dry.
Your uterus grows
Of course, a more obvious change is the size of the uterus. As it grows, intestinal activity comes under ever increasing pressure - and it can also lead to hard stools.
In addition, during pregnancy, the body must produce more blood so that pregnant women often experience iron deficiency and therefore sometimes need iron supplements, as advised by a doctor. Some iron supplements may cause constipation.
How to prevent Constipation during Pregnancy?
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, consult your doctor or pharmacist before using any medicines for constipation.