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Alright, everyone! How about some real talk?!⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Pregnancy constipation is real, and it’s no fun! 💩⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ The main culprit is yet again a hormone your body produces during pregnancy…. *drumroll please* 🥁 you guessed it, PROGESTERONE!⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Increase in this hormone causes a lot of different pregnancy problems and includes the crazy fun times you’re having in the bathroom. 🚽⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Basically, progesterone causes all the smooth muscles in your body to relax, including your intestines. This means that stuff moves slower through your system and more water is absorbed along the way, making your stool harder. 🧻🧻🧻⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Other causes of constipation is pressure on your bowels from your growing uterus, lack of fluid in your diet and iron in prenatal vitamins.💊⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ It seems about 3 out of 4 women suffer from this issue during pregnancy. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ But what can you do to ease the suffering?⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ 🧻Eat more fibre. ⁣⁣⁣ Get it from fresh fruits, vegetables, bean, peas, lentils, prunes etc.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ 🧻Stay hydrated. ⁣⁣⁣ More fluid in your system makes your stool softer and easier to pass. Try to double your water intake if you can!⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ 🧻Eat smaller meals. ⁣⁣⁣ This will allow the stomach to digest food without working overtime and it can transfer food to bowels more smoothly. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ 🧻Exercise! ⁣⁣⁣ Regular physical activity really helps to reduce constipation. Get the OK from your provider and try to move your body at least 20-30 minutes a day 3-4 days a week! It doesn’t have to be complicated. Find an activity that you love and try to fit it into your routine. Walking and yoga are great for pregnant ladies.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Ask your health care provider about stool softeners if all else fails.👩‍⚕️⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Tag a pregnant friend who needs some relief!🤗👇👇👇⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ #babytalk #birthwithlego #preggolego #constipationinpregnancy #pregnancycomplications #pregnancysymptoms #earlypregnancy #pregnancyupdate #getpregnant #mothering #motheringishard #momstruggles #momlife #preggoproblems #14weekspregnant #secondtrimester #pregnancyeducation #childbirtheducation #pregnantmama #3monthspregnant #9monthsoffun #bunintheoven #babyontheway #pregnantmama