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Pregnancy Problems

During pregnancy, your health is number one priority. That’s why we went straight to top pregnancy health experts for all the details you want to know about the most common pregnancy problems. In our pregnancy problems guide, you can read about a slew of pregnancy conditions – everything from hemorrhoids to gestational diabetes. Find out what any pregnancy symptom could possibly mean (are you swollen just because you’re expecting, or is it a sign of some complication?) and find out whether or not it’s worth a call to your OB. If you already know you’ve got a pregnancy complication or health condition, our comprehensive articles will give you the scoop on its causes and how it can affect you and baby. Plus, get treatment tips straight from medical experts and pregnant women like you. Yup, we've got answers to all your questions about pregnancy health problems right here!

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Constipation During Pregnancy

Ah, constipation: another not-so-fun side-effect of pregnancy. But don't stress; there are ways to make it better -- and even prevent it in the coming months.

What can I do to prevent constipation during pregnancy?

Drink plenty of water and keep eating those fruits and veggies. Staying active can help prevent constipation too.

What do other pregnant moms do when they have constipation?

“I’ve had some constipation lately, and the only thing that seemed to ease it was Metamucil (recommended by my doctor).”

“I’ve been constipated on and off throughout this pregnancy -- it’s one of those symptoms that can be heavily influenced by what you eat. I take Colace to keep things moving when I start to feel a little constipated, but I’ve also been eating apples daily to try to keep things moving naturally (without medication) -- it really does help!”

“I had some severe constipation a couple weeks ago, and it is certainly not fun. I suggest getting a bottle of prune juice. Between drinking a glass of prune juice, eating an Activia yogurt and taking one Colace, my constipation has turned around.”

Are there any other resources for constipation?

American Pregnancy Association

watch: more on constipation during pregnancy

Plus, more from The Bump:

Staying Hydrated During Pregnancy

Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy

Gas and Bloating During Pregnancy

-- Dr. Ashley Roman

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