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Doctor Tips, Weeks 1-13

Week 8

If you’re dealing with constipation, try a few simple tricks to get relief. See what else is happening during week 8.

At this point in your pregnancy, bloating and constipation may have you particularly uncomfortable. Luckily, there are a few tricks to try. Instead of eating three big meals a day, try to eat 5-6 smaller ones. Avoid foods that make you extra gassy. Staying well-hydrated helps, especially if you are constipated. Over-the-counter medications that are safe in pregnancy include simethicone (to help with gas/bloating) and docusate (a stool softener for constipation). Adding more fiber will certainly help, but your symptoms may actually be worse for a couple of weeks as your body adjusts.

Read more about week 8.

Reviewed by Dr. Jen Lincoln, September 2020

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