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Foods That Ease Constipation?

Help — I’m constipated! Is there anything I can eat that will get things moving?

Actually, it’s not just eat. Drink! Getting plenty of water and other fluids can really help if you’re a little, um, stopped up, says Laura Riley, MD, director of labor and delivery at Massachusetts General Hospital and author of You & Your Baby: Pregnancy. “The usual suspects like prune juice and raisins can help,” she says. “Fiber is good for constipation, but don’t have too much of it, because it can give you gas.”

Also, talk with your doctor about any medications you’re on. Some antivomiting meds can cause constipation. And if all else fails, get up and get moving. Exercise is really helpful for getting your bowels going, too.

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