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Is magnesium citrate ok to induce labor?

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No: The body induces labor, laxatives give you diarrhea. This is old wives tale and laxatives are a crappy way to sometimes be sent home not in labor because the cramp you feel may be your colon not your uterus. Let the body do its job and if your concerned about something talk to your ob.

Answered 4/3/2013

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Dr. Donald Alves answered

Specializes in Emergency Medicine

Not likely: Magnesium is used by OB to slow / delay / stop labor. Mag citrate will likely just give you a colicky stomach prior to "clearing you out" from wrong (or at least not intended) orifice. Sorry.

Answered 9/23/2015

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