Constipation in Adults (cont.)
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Constipation and Pregnancy
Constipation is common symptom during pregnancy and may be due to several factors. Some of the following conditions produce severe pain on defecation, which may trigger a reflex spasm of the anal sphincter muscle. The spasm may delay bowel movement and decrease the desire for bowel opening in order to avoid the anal pain.
Treatment for constipation during pregnancy is similar to non-pregnancy related constipation. Drink plenty of fluids (maybe add some prune juice as it is also a mild laxative), eat a high fiber diet, and gentle exercise. Severe constipation might require a visit to your doctor to discuss which fiber supplements or laxatives are appropriate for you.
Other Causes of Constipation
Connective tissue diseases: Conditions such as scleroderma and lupus
Poor-functioning of the thyroid gland: Reduced production of thyroxin, a hormone produced by the thyroid gland, can lead to hypothyroidism, and therefore can cause constipation.
Lead poisoning and other metabolic disorders
Age: Older adults are more likely to have constipation for the following reasons:
It should be noted that although that this is a long list of possibly worrisome causes of constipation, most chronic constipation is simply from inadequate intake of dietary fiber and water, and can be managed by substantially increasing the intake of both.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/30/2015
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