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Why is it common to be constipated during pregnancy?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
It may seem hard to believe, but the structure of the anus is exactly like the structure of your lips. Purse your lips together and those folds in your lips look just like the veins in your anus that fill with pressure when you try to move your bowels. And that can be hard work due to the fact that progesterone is slowing down the speed at which your intestines move your waste downward - making constipation a common side effect of pregnancy.

You can soften that cement-like feeling of constipation by drinking a little more fluid (like prune juice or water), eating a little more fiber, and even using glycerine suppositories. Assuming your kidneys are working fine, try 200 mg twice a day of magnesium, either in a pill or capsule form.
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