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A 23-year-old female asked:

Havent had a bowel movement in 2 weeks. im almost 18 weeks pregnant with twins. can i take milk of magnesia? i have a true fear of taking any meds that has even a small risk of harming babies but i am so uncomfortable?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
some thoughts: Stool softeners like Miralax are composed of polymers that grab water tightly & hold on to it while going through the digestive tract. Over a 3-5 day period it can keep stools soft enough that you can pass them without pain. These products are not absorbed into the blood, which is how drugs get to the fetus.They are safe.

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Last updated Mar 6, 2021

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