If everything seems to be slowing down in pregnancy, including your bowel movements, you’re not alone. Most pregnant women experience constipation at some point in pregnancy.
Several factors work against your keeping regular during this time, including the fact that each day baby is getting bigger, leaving less room for your bowels to work. Other culprits keeping you less than regular include the hormone progesterone, which is dominating your body right now, relaxing your smooth muscle tissue, and slowing down your digestive tract overall. Iron, whether in your prenatal vitamin or if you’ve been asked to take supplements, can also add to constipation. Constipation is rarely serious in pregnancy but call your healthcare provider if you have constipation with mucous or blood, with diarrhea, or sudden abdominal pain.
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