Constipation is very common in pregnancy and in most cases can be treated or prevented with changes to your diet, increased activity and increased fluid intake.

Prevention and Treatment:

  • Aim for a minimum of 25g of fibre in your diet every day.
  • A high-fibre food will have at least 5g per serving.
  • Examples of high fibre fruit and vegetables: apples, berries, kiwis, mango, oranges, pears, corn, peas, potato (with skin on), sweet potato, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, carrot, eggplant and turnips.
  • Dried fruits: raisins, dates, apricots, and prunes, either plain or in desserts and breads.
  • Dried peas and beans and nuts and seeds.
  • Whole-grain breads and cereals: brown rice, bran buds, high-fibre cereals, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat breads, oats.
  • Psyllium (sold under several brand names), 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon once or twice a day in a glass of water
  • Eat at least five servings of whole grain products daily. Choose whole wheat pasta and whole grain breads.
  • Aim for seven to eight servings of fruits and vegetables every day.
  • Eat fruit rather than drinking juice.
  • Drink plenty of fluids daily. A minimum of six to eight cups of fluid is recommended.