By Lindsay E. Mack, Nov 4, 2019

There are other medical reasons why it’s ideal to avoid straining when you go number two, particularly during pregnancy. “If a woman has been diagnosed with placenta previa (placenta covers the cervix), this is a situation where you really don’t want any straining in defecation, so as to avoid any pressure inducing bleeding,” Kecia Gaither, MD, MPH, FACOG, double board-certified in OB/GYN and Maternal Fetal Medicine, Director of Perinatal Services at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln, tells Romper via email.

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