About Constipation

Constipation is more common than some people may believe with many people suffering from constipation at some time during their lives.


  • What Is Constipation
  • Constipation Symptoms
  • Causes of Constipation
  • Tips to Prevent Constipation
  • Constipation Treatment Options
  • When to See Your Doctor
  • Constipation During Pregnancy & While Breastfeeding
    • Constipation During Pregnancy & While Breastfeeding

      Constipation during pregnancy and while breastfeeding often go hand in hand. Throughout the pregnancy, different factors can contribute to constipation. Some of the more common causes are hormonal changes and prenatal vitamins containing iron. Later in the pregnancy, the expansion of the uterus can increase pressure on the intestines, also triggering constipation.

      After giving birth, women may continue to experience constipation due to hormonal fluctuations, pain medications as the result of an episiotomy or caesarean section, or dehydration if breastfeeding.

      To relieve constipation during or after pregnancy, your health professional may recommend a stool softener. As with any over-the-counter medication, if you're pregnant or breastfeeding, you should talk to your healthcare professional before you take a stool softener.

      After pregnancy, a stimulant laxative, like Dulcolax® Tablets, may also be an option to relieve your constipation. If you are breastfeeding talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medication.

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Constipation During Pregnancy & While Breastfeeding

Constipation during pregnancy and while breastfeeding often go hand in hand. Throughout the pregnancy, different factors can contribute to constipation. Some of the more common causes are hormonal changes and prenatal vitamins containing iron. Later in the pregnancy, the expansion of the uterus can increase pressure on the intestines, also triggering constipation.

After giving birth, women may continue to experience constipation due to hormonal fluctuations, pain medications as the result of an episiotomy or caesarean section, or dehydration if breastfeeding.

To relieve constipation during or after pregnancy, your health professional may recommend a stool softener. As with any over-the-counter medication, if you're pregnant or breastfeeding, you should talk to your healthcare professional before you take a stool softener.

After pregnancy, a stimulant laxative, like Dulcolax® Tablets, may also be an option to relieve your constipation. If you are breastfeeding talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medication.

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