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Byline: MIRIAM STOPPARD

ths QI'm four months pregnant and I'm terribly constipated. I want to avoid drugs, so is there anything safe I can use to cure the constipation? A Constipation is very common in pregnancy, with around half of mumsto-be experiencing it.

It's thought that constipation is due to the relaxing effect of the pregnancy hormone progesterone on the intestine. This, coupled with a low-fibre diet, increases the likelihood of constipation - as does not drin flug drinking enough fluids and not getting enough exercise.

u be The good news is that constipation usually gets better in the last three months, but you can help it along by raising your intake of fibre, drinking lots of fluid and walking every day.

A good way to increase your fibre is to eat your seven-a-day fruit and veg, along with wholemeal bread and cereals, brown rice and porridge.

If you really want, you could start taking extra bran with your breakfast.
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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion Column
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 8, 2014
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