probably heard about morning sickness and heartburn
during pregnancy, but did you know constipation is
extremely common as well?
Pregnancy changes a woman’s hormones, which in turn
relaxes the intestinal muscle. In addition, the added
pressure of an expanding uterus can further change your
intestines. When it relaxes, the flow of food through
your body slows down.
issues with pregnancy.
constipation occurs in nearly half of pregnant women and
can continue in the months following a baby’s arrival.
In fact, many women who didn’t experience it while
carrying their child might feel a sudden onset after
your body continues to expand and hormones change, your
intestinal muscle begins to relax—causing your entire
digestive track to slow down.
If you experienced a long labor or had a bowel movement
in the process, it may take a couple of days to refill
your intestines. And if you had a c-section, it can take
up to four days to produce a bowel movement.