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Constipation and Pregnancy

Posted Jan 15 2010 12:00am

One of the gastrointestinal problems that is commonly associated with pregnancy is constipation. To different people, constipation may mean differently. Some people feel as though they have to strain during a bowel movement, or they are bloated or passing pebble-like stools.

Constipation is also common in the days after delivering a baby. If a woman who has an episiotomy constipation, having a bowel movement can be very painful and she may unconsciously hold on her stool. The bowel can be temporarily paralyzed after cesarean section delivery.
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