A 23-year-old female asked:
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constipated for a long time now and depended on enema, laxative, etc. now pregnant with 2nd baby and seriously constipated. help!

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
See details: Unfortunately your chronic use of enemas and laxatives have helped to make the constipation worse by affecting bowel motility. Speak with your obstetrician.
Answered on Apr 13, 2014
Dr. Christina Adberg
25 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Common problem: Constipation is a common problem in pregnancy. It is safe to use a fiber supplement, probiotics, a stool softener like colace, or a gentle laxative like miralax (polyethylene glycol). My concern is that the constipation was happening in between pregnancies (when things should have been getting back to normal). I'd like to know if your doctor has checked your thyroid function levels. Hypo-thyroid can cause constipation.
Answered on Mar 18, 2017
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