Bowel Disorders During Pregnancy: What Moms-to-be Need to Know! by Dr. Kimi Suh

5 years ago
Bowel Disorders During Pregnancy: What Moms-to-be Need to Know!

Though it’s not what you want to think about when you’re pregnant, the reality is that nearly three out of four pregnant women experience:

  • constipation
  • diarrhea 
  • other bowel disorders

The best way to avoid this is to drink lots of water and get plenty of fiber. A Loyola study found that pregnant women consume only 16-17 grams of fiber per day, while the recommended level for pregnant women and other adults is 25-30 grams per day. If needed, you can use stool softeners and suppositories, which are considered safe for pregnant women. Always consult your doctor.

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