Constipation in pregnancy

No matter how happy you are to be pregnant, some of the things pregnancy does to your body can be pretty troublesome - like constipation. When you're pregnant, your body produces more of the female hormone progesterone. Progesterone is a muscle relaxant, which means your bowels are being stimulated less and therefore you find it harder to go to the toilet.

It’s not uncommon for your diet to change during pregnancy - maybe you can’t face eating some of the foods you used to, or anything much at all. Often pre-natal supplements contain iron, this can also cause constipation.

When your baby starts to grow it can put pressure on your bowel causing it to slow down, resulting in you feeling constipated.

Always seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist before taking a medicine during pregnancy and breastfeeding and always read the label.

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