Obstetrics FAQs

What if I have constipation during pregnancy?

Constipation is a common complaint during pregnancy. The high progesterone levels encountered cause a slow down in the transport of material through the digestive tract. This leads to problems ranging from heartburn to hemorrhoids. Constipation can be further exacerbated by vitamins and iron.

  • Water consumption should be at least 8-10 glasses of water per day
  • High fiber diet
  • Fiber laxatives such as Metamucil, Citrucel, Fibercon
  • Milk of magnesia
  • Magnesium Citrate—120 to 240 mL orally
  • Mineral oil—may decrease absorption of fat soluble vitamins
  • Glycerine suppositories