11 Early Symptoms of Pregnancy in First Trimester

7 Constipation

High levels of the hormone progesterone can slow the passage of food through the intestines and can cause constipation in pregnant women, a symptom commonly experienced between the 4th and 8th week of pregnancy. Experts recommend drinking plenty of water, eating plenty of high-fiber foods and exercising to relieve constipation symptoms.

If you feel that the constipation is so severe that you need medication, it’s important to consult a doctor to determine which stool softeners or laxatives you can take without harming the baby.


About Dr Aury Perozo 13 Articles
Aurelysmar Grimán Perozo is a doctor from the Centroccidental University "Lisandro Alvarado", with a diploma degree in occupational medicine, and certified in CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), and advanced electrocardiography. In addition to her work as a doctor, she also writes as a freelancer in medical research.


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