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72 percent of pregnant women experience constipation and other bowel problems
Date:5/20/2013

ntly, it takes longer for food to move through the intestines, which can cause constipation. Vitamins and calcium and iron supplements that women take during pregnancy also can cause constipation, Graziano said.

Graziano recommends pregnant women get adequate fluid intake and plenty of fiber. The Loyola study found that pregnant women consume only 16 to 17 grams of fiber per day, while the recommended level for pregnant women and other adults is 25 to 30 grams per day.

If needed, stool softeners and suppositories are safe for pregnant women, Graziano said.


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Contact: Jim Ritter
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7-082-126-2445
Loyola University Health System
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