The data shows that 11-38% of pregnant women suffer from constipation. Causes of constipation in pregnancy are numerous. Elevated levels of estrogen and progesterone slow the intestine and the colon becomes even lazier. Pregnant women move less and take iron and calcium supplements which also cause constipation.
The main challenge in treating constipation in pregnancy is that treatment should help the mother, but also protect the fetus. So far, we have learned how to cure constipation. Now we just need to see which of these methods of treatment are safe for the baby. The regulatory body in the United States (Food and Drug Administration; FDA) classified the drugs into five groups.