Hormonal changes occur during pregnancy which may cause constipation (difficulty in having bowel movements).
Late in pregnancy, constipation may become even more of a problem due to the enlarged uterus pressing on the lower intestine. Prenatal iron and vitamins may also be constipating for some women.
- Drink at least 8 glasses of water or other liquids a day
- Eat foods that are high in fiber, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, bran and whole grain cereals and breads.
- Exercise daily
- Take fiber supplements as directed on the label.
If these measures fail, check with your provider. Do not take laxatives, enemas, or other home remedies unless they are prescribed.