Constipation during pregnancy is a common and annoying discomfort. Constipation occurs
because your stomach and other digestive organs are slowing down due to the effects of
hormones and there is less room due to the enlarging uterus. One of the important elements in
your prenatal vitamins is iron, which is needed during pregnancy for growth of the baby, but also
has a constipating effect
It is important during pregnancy to avoid constipation in order to decrease maternal discomfort, but also to decrease the incidence of hemorrhoids, which can be caused by increased straining and by the increased pressure of the baby on the veins in the pelvic area. These are some of the ways to avoid and help decrease the incidence of constipation during pregnancy. If these suggestions are not relieving your constipation, please inform your care provider.
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