Many pregnant women complain of constipation. Signs of constipation include having hard, dry stools that are difficult to pass; fewer than three bowel movements per week; and painful bowel movements.
You may get constipation at any time during your pregnancy.
Why Do You Get Constipation?
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.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.