Best Products to Help with Constipation During Pregnancy

Originally Published on October 14, 2020 Pregnancy | By Jenn Sinrich

On the laundry list of not-so-lovely pregnancy symptoms, constipation is most certainly up there. Not only is it a hallmark of early pregnancy, but for some women it lingers throughout the entire 9 months and into the postpartum period. 

Like most pesky pregnancy side effects, hormones are usually to blame, namely progesterone. In an effort to prevent premature labor, progesterone quiets muscular contraction in the uterus, as well as other organs, including the gut and colon, explains Felice Gersh, M.D., an OB/GYN in Irvine, California. Add to that the fact that your growing baby is taking up more and more space in your uterus, plus any changes in your diet as a result of pregnancy cravings or aversions, and you have a recipe for constipation. 

For some unlucky women, constipation can start as soon as they begin taking their prenatal vitamins and continue throughout pregnancy, notes Sherry Ross, M.D., OB/GYN and Women’s Health Expert at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California.

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