Constipation in Pregnancy
Mild intermittent constipation is a common problem in pregnancy and can usually be resolved by increasing fluid and fiber intake. OBGYN doctor routinely recommend the use of over-the-counter medications such as Colace, Metamucil, Fibercon, and Miralax. Other medications such as Dulcolax or Stimulant Laxatives should be avoided during pregnancy.
When Constipation becomes severe, recurrent, or is associated with anorectal pain or bleeding, it is best evaluated and managed with the help of an experienced Proctologist. These symptoms are often associated with constipation but can be the result of hemorrhoids, fissures, infections or severe pelvic muscle spasms.
Our expert doctors evaluate and effectively treat constipation in pregnancy. We treat the underlying cause, as well as its sequelae. We are able to do this safely, painlessly, and without the need for an anesthetic. The evaluation in our office may involve the use of anoscopy and flexible video sigmoidoscopy when needed. Both are very well tolerated in pregnancy and don’t require anesthesia or a colon prep. Treatment is with office-based procedures, biomechanical retraining, guided exercise, deep tissue pressure release, behavioral changes, and selective use of tailored medications if and when needed.
We strongly believe that being pregnant should not mean you have to be miserable. Call us to schedule an evaluation. We can provide immediate and long-lasting relief.