My healthy pregnancy

Bloating and constipation

If your clothing seems tight even before your pregnancy shows, digestive problems are almost certainly to blame! Many pregnant women complain of constipation and bloating, especially during the second and third trimester.


Several things can be causing your discomfort, depending on the stage of your pregnancy.

Right from the first trimester, hormonal changes slow digestion and provoke gas, bloating and/or constipation.

As the pregnancy advances, the pressure on your stomach from your uterus – which takes up more and more space as your baby grows – also causes these uncomfortable symptoms. Iron supplements also contribute to intensifying bloating and constipation.

Caused by constipation, hemorrhoids are also a very frequent problem for pregnant women. Taking care of the first problem will no doubt soothe the second.

Suggestions to reduce bloating:

  • Avoid consuming very sugary, fried or fatty food, as well as soft drinks.
  • Eat smaller meals regularly.
  • Take your time to enjoy your meal; this will decrease the amount of air that you swallow as you eat and will therefore reduce your bloating.
  • Don’t squeeze your beautiful baby bump into clothing that is too tight.
  • Avoid chewing gum.

Suggestion to reduce your constipation symptoms:

  • Eat fibre-rich food (whole grain cereal, bread and pasta, fruit and vegetables such as peas, spinach, potatoes, parsnips or apples, prunes and dried dates, etc.).
  • Drink a lot of water during the day.
  • Exercise regularly, while respecting your body’s new limits, to stimulate your intestines.

Fibre supplements can also help to soothe constipation. Do not take any laxatives before having consulted a health specialist. Your Accès pharma affiliated pharmacist can help you.

See a doctor if:

  • Your constipation lasts several days.
  • You have pain only on one side of your abdomen.
  • You notice blood in your stools.
  • You alternate between being constipated and having diarrhea.

This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice and Accès pharma affiliated pharmacist-owners cannot be held responsible for this information. The information was true and accurate at the time of publication, but it is subject to change.

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