Many women get constipated during pregnancy. It happens because food passes through your body more slowly when you are pregnant so you can absorb the extra nutrients you and your baby need.
- Eat foods high in fibre such as:
- vegetables and fruit
- whole grains
- cooked or canned beans
- peas and lentils
- Drink more fluids, especially warm or hot fluids
- Be physically active. There’s nothing like a good walk around the block to move things along!
Warning! If you are pregnant, do not use a laxative to treat constipation without checking with your doctor or nurse first. Laxatives can trigger the onset of labour contractions.
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Healthy Pregnancy for First Nations and Inuit People
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