Why am I constipated?
Anything from stress to being pregnant to not getting enough fluids, fibre or exercise can all affect your bowel movements. Learn more.
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Pregnant women become constipated for a number of reasons. When you're pregnant, your body produces more of the female hormone progesterone, which is a muscle relaxant that slows down the action of your digestive tract. As well, a growing fetus can put pressure on your bowel, making movements more sluggish.
Dietary changes, such as not eating some of the foods you’re used to, or eating less, can also cause constipation. Iron supplements, which are often prescribed during pregnancy, can compound the problem.