Make room for baby
The changes that a mom’s digestive system undergoes during pregnancy.
Some women are fortunate enough to breeze through their pregnancies; glowing and feeling fabulous. Unfortunately, that isn’t true for everyone. The list of pregnancy complaints is long but each is, for the most part, a mild and quite normal part of pregnancy.
There are good reasons for the many discomforts you may experience. In addition to the physical stress of simply carrying a growing baby, some pregnancy hormones change the way your body works. The levels of two hormones in particular—progesterone and relaxin—gradually increase during your pregnancy.
They work to make your muscles, ligaments and vessels soften so they can stretch. They allow your stomach, intestines, bladder and many other organs in your body to move and accommodate your baby. It’s the softening and stretching of these parts that also cause many of the changes and discomforts women experience in pregnancy.
Because the risks of most medications in pregnancy aren’t known, they’re generally not recommended as the first line of treatment for mild discomforts. It’s good to know that there are some effective non-medical options available. Good nutrition, hygiene and regular gentle exercise will go a long way to prevent or alleviate many of these symptoms.
Below are some of the changes that may affect an expectant mother’s digestive system: