Constipation in pregnancy
Many pregnant women suffer from the discomfort of constipation during pregnancy. Read about how to reduce your chances, and when to seek medical advice.
- What causes constipation in pregnancy?
- Signs of constipation
- How long will it last?
- When to seek medical help
Many pregnant women experience constipation during their pregnancy. When you are pregnant, your whole digestive system goes through changes which are influenced by changing hormones. During pregnancy, your body produces more hormones than normal which slows down the movement of your digestive system.
- More than three to four days between bowel movements
- Hard faeces which causes pain when trying to pass
- Very hard faeces can also cause rectal bleeding
- Feeling that you haven’t passed all faeces
- In extreme situations, a constipated bowel can cause problems giving birth
Unfortunately there is no hard and fast rule as to how long constipation will last. Some pregnant women don’t experience it at all, and some struggle with the symptoms throughout their pregnancy.
If symptoms are giving you cause for concern as being present for too long, or you are experiencing significant pain, it may be time to contact your GP. Lower abdominal pain over an extended period can rarely be a symptom of more serious health issues, so if in doubt, speak to your GP.
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