How can I prevent constipation (difficulty passing stool)?Pregnancy makes the bowels work more slowly. This can make the stool harder, so it is more difficult to pass.
What to do to prevent it:
- Drink at least 8 glasses of liquid every day.
- Get regular exercise.
- If you are taking iron tablets, try taking only one a day with fruit or vegetable juice. Or skip a few days.
- Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and foods with fiber - like whole grains and cassava (manioc) root.
- Do not take laxatives. They only solve the problem for a short while and then you need to take more.