Constipation means being unable to move your bowels, having to push harder to move your bowels, or moving them less often than usual. Constipation happens when you get less exercise, or when you eat and drink less than usual. Some medicines cause constipation.
Check with your doctor to see if you can increase the fiber in your diet. If you can, try foods like whole-grain breads and cereals, dried fruits, wheat bran, and wheat germ; fresh fruits and vegetables; and dried beans and peas.