Constipation is a common problem many mothers-to-be experience, particularly in the first trimester. Rising levels of pregnancy hormones (progesterone) can relax the muscles in the bowel, causing constipation.
- Choose foods that are rich in fibre: vegetables, fruit, whole-grain cereals and unrefined starches (pasta, rice, etc.). Snack on some prunes or dried fruit
- Do a little exercise: at least 30 minutes of walking every day
- Drink plenty of water – about 2.3 litres per day
- If needed, your doctor may advise a laxative