About two in every five women experience some constipation during their pregnancy, mostly during the early stages of their pregnancy.
Constipation occurs during pregnancy because your body produces more of the female hormone progesterone which acts as a muscle relaxant.
Your bowel normally moves stools and waste products along to the anus by a process known as peristalsis. This is when the muscles lining the bowel contract and relax in a rippling, wave-like motion. An increase in progesterone makes it more difficult for the bowel muscles to contract, making it harder to move waste products along.
If you are pregnant, there are ways that you can treat constipation without harming you or your baby.Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about your treatment options. Medicines can affect your unborn baby. Always talk to you doctor or pharmacist before taking any medicine in pregnancy.