We may think this fun little side effect of pregnancy wouldn’t show up until the third trimester when baby is taking up a great deal of space in the abdomen and pressing on the internal organs, but for many folks, it shows up right away in the first trimester. Increased levels of progesterone slow down the soft muscle contractions of the intestines, which slows digestion so more nutrients can be absorbed. When food moves more slowly through the digestive tract, constipation and gas are natural side effects.
Tips for Constipation/Gas
Yoga for Constipation/Gas
It is still okay in the first trimester of pregnancy to be on your back for extended periods of time. This series of poses can help stimulate elimination and support the release of gas in the body:
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