Constipation in pregnancy

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.

Doctor's warning

Seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure about what to take during pregnancy and breastfeeding and always read the label.