This patient support community is for discussions relating to pregnancy and childbirth in women age 18 to 24.
What It Feels Like
You may get constipation at any time during your pregnancy.
Higher levels of hormones (especially progesterone) due to pregnancy slow down digestion and relax muscles in the intestinal walls leaving many women constipated. Because the muscles are relaxed, there are fewer contractions to push the food forward, leading to more water absorption. This is what causes the stool to become hard and dry. Plus, the pressure of the expanding uterus on the bowels can contribute to constipation.
Try these to tips to alleviate constipation: