constipationThis pregnancy symptom may affect some women, often beginning during the first trimester and getting worse towards delivery. Not every pregnant woman experiences constipation, while others notice it to some degree or another.

Pregnancy hormones play a big role in causing this symptom, along with the added pressure your enlarging uterus places on your bowels in the last half of pregnancy.

Constipation may also be brought on by things other than pregnancy including not eating enough fiber-rich foods and not getting enough fluids, especially water and fruit juice.