How can I prevent constipation difficulty passing stool

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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.

  • Felicitas Heyne, Psychologist
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