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Is it normal to have constipation during pregnancy?

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Craig Keathley
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Pregnancy hormones can slow down intestinal motility leading to increased water absorption and constipation.
Fiber with increased water intake can help. For severe cases, additional medication may be needed.

In brief: Yes

Pregnancy hormones can slow down intestinal motility leading to increased water absorption and constipation.
Fiber with increased water intake can help. For severe cases, additional medication may be needed.
Dr. Craig Keathley
Dr. Craig Keathley
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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Very normal. Try prunes or prune juice everyday.

In brief: Yes

Very normal. Try prunes or prune juice everyday.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Dr. Stephen Scarantino
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

It is very common to have constipation when you are pregnant.
A pregnant woman may become constipated or have constipation that worsens due to all or some of the following reasons: pregnancy itself; prenatal vitamins (extra iron); dietary changes. Solutions? Consult with your obstetrician and try increasing your intake of fluids, fiber, fruits and vegetables; adding natural fiber stool softners.

In brief: Yes

It is very common to have constipation when you are pregnant.
A pregnant woman may become constipated or have constipation that worsens due to all or some of the following reasons: pregnancy itself; prenatal vitamins (extra iron); dietary changes. Solutions? Consult with your obstetrician and try increasing your intake of fluids, fiber, fruits and vegetables; adding natural fiber stool softners.
Dr. Stephen Scarantino
Dr. Stephen Scarantino
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Dr. Jaime Lopez
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Yes

Pregnancy hormones, taking iron are just two things that can cause constipation in pregnancy.
Be sure to eat plenty of fiber like fruit, vegetables, grains, nuts. You can talk to your doctor about taking extra fiber, like psyllium, and adding a stool softener. Cut back on bananas, rice, apples, toast (or white bread). We sometimes refer to this as the brat diet.

In brief: Yes

Pregnancy hormones, taking iron are just two things that can cause constipation in pregnancy.
Be sure to eat plenty of fiber like fruit, vegetables, grains, nuts. You can talk to your doctor about taking extra fiber, like psyllium, and adding a stool softener. Cut back on bananas, rice, apples, toast (or white bread). We sometimes refer to this as the brat diet.
Dr. Jaime Lopez
Dr. Jaime Lopez
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Dr. Alysia Townsend
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Yes

It is normal to experience constipation during pregnancy.
The hormone Progesterone slows transit in your digestive tract, due to its relaxation effects. This can cause constipation early on in pregnancy. Later the constipation can be more mechanical in nature, due to pressure from the enlarged uterus. Make sure to drink plenty of water and eat fruits and vegetables 5 servings daily.

In brief: Yes

It is normal to experience constipation during pregnancy.
The hormone Progesterone slows transit in your digestive tract, due to its relaxation effects. This can cause constipation early on in pregnancy. Later the constipation can be more mechanical in nature, due to pressure from the enlarged uterus. Make sure to drink plenty of water and eat fruits and vegetables 5 servings daily.
Dr. Alysia Townsend
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Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Yes

Progesterone is one of the big hormones in pregnancy.
Unfortunately it makes your intestines move slowly so a lot of pregnant women get constipated. Be sure to drink lots of fluids, eat a fair amount of fiber every day and call your doctor if you haven't gone to the bathroom in several days.

In brief: Yes

Progesterone is one of the big hormones in pregnancy.
Unfortunately it makes your intestines move slowly so a lot of pregnant women get constipated. Be sure to drink lots of fluids, eat a fair amount of fiber every day and call your doctor if you haven't gone to the bathroom in several days.
Dr. Megan Bird
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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Yes

Constipation is very common in pregnancy.
Increase your water and fiber intake. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) and benefiber are a safe over-the-counter daily supplement. Both are gentle and dissolve completely in water making them easy to take. Avoiding constipation will make your pregnancy more comfortable and help avoid painful hemorrhoids.

In brief: Yes

Constipation is very common in pregnancy.
Increase your water and fiber intake. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) and benefiber are a safe over-the-counter daily supplement. Both are gentle and dissolve completely in water making them easy to take. Avoiding constipation will make your pregnancy more comfortable and help avoid painful hemorrhoids.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Dr. Amy Herold
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Yes

Constipation is common during pregnancy.
Pregnancy hormones can cause the intestines to slow, increasing gas pain and constipation. As the baby grows and puts pressure on the rectum it can worsen constipation. Finally, the extra iron in prenatal supplements is important to prevent anemia but will cause constipation. Drink plenty of water to help prevent this.

In brief: Yes

Constipation is common during pregnancy.
Pregnancy hormones can cause the intestines to slow, increasing gas pain and constipation. As the baby grows and puts pressure on the rectum it can worsen constipation. Finally, the extra iron in prenatal supplements is important to prevent anemia but will cause constipation. Drink plenty of water to help prevent this.
Dr. Amy Herold
Dr. Amy Herold
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