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Will taking laxative in pregnancy effect the baby?

Will taking laxative in pregnancy effect the baby?

Not recommended: Irritating laxatives (Ex-Lax, for example) aren't recommended in pregnancy because they can cause uterine contractions. What is generally recommended are stool softeners such as Docusate Sodium and Milk of Magnesia (magnesium hydroxide). Best wishes! ...Read more

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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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!

Constipated for a long time now and depended on enema, laxative, etc. Now pregnant with 2nd baby and seriously constipated. Help!

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. ...Read more

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I am 5 weeks pregnant and have been very cinstipated I have taken a few laxatives to help me go to the toilet. Have I caused harm to my baby?

I am 5 weeks pregnant and have been very cinstipated I have taken a few laxatives to help me go to the toilet. Have I caused harm to my baby?

No: No, however a laxative cycle of constipation then laxative use can cause continued difficulty for both you and your fetus. Increase the amount of fiber that you are taking in your diet and talk to your OB MD about products that contain Psyllium that can help. ...Read more

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I am about 5 weeks pregnant and I have been constipated for about 3 weeks and I took 2 women's laxative and I'm scared it's going to harm my baby  ?

I am about 5 weeks pregnant and I have been constipated for about 3 weeks and I took 2 women's laxative and I'm scared it's going to harm my baby  ?

"Bricking" it up?: Constipation in pregnancy is very common in pregnancy so much so that you might think you need a union card in the "bricklayers association". Seriously, you need to increase your water intake, fruits such as raisins or prunes, evacuate after the first substantial meal of the day, and avoid constipating foods. Laxatives are "harsh" not recommended but will not harm the baby. Fails? Consult OB MD. ...Read more

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Is taking laxatives safe while only 1 week pregnant? I don't know for sure if I'm pregnant but there's a big possibility.

Take a test: If you think you might be pregnant check then check a home pregnancy test. They are cheap, reliable and available at any pharmacy. Laxatives are safe for occasional use for constipation. ...Read more

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Which laxative to be used during pregnancy?

Which laxative to be used during pregnancy?

Lactulose & Miralax (polyethylene glycol): Lactulose or MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) are safe options. Docusate may be as well, but in my experience less effective. ...Read more

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Are there any laxatives that are safe during pregnancy?

Yes: Milk of magnesia, (magnesium hydroxide) senna are safe with pregnancy, I don't recommend them routinely. If you are having constant problems, tell your doctor.

Basic things are eating appropriate fiber like vegetables, and drink plenty of water. If you are on iron, ask your doctor if you can decrease or stop the iron. ...Read more

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Are laxatives safe to use (once or twice a month) during pregnancy?

Laxatives: Most laxatives are what is called category c in pregnancy which means that damage has been seen only in experimental animals but can't tell for sure in humans. One of the safest ones is lactulose which is category b which is better. Anyway, you are better off trying a high fiber diet (fruits, veggies, prune juice) and plenty of water. If it doesn't work consult your OB doc before trying any meds. ...Read more

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While pregnant if not being able to go to the bathroom what do you recommend as a laxative or something similar?

Obstetrician: Don't take anything without checking with your obstetrician. Adequate fluid intake, fiber in your diet and a stool softener along with eating natural intestinal stimulants like prunes and drinking moderately hot water may help and shouldn't cause any harm. ...Read more

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Can drinking laxatives affect my pregnancy?

Yes, chronic abuse: Of laxatives or other eating disorder symptoms can negatively impact pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to be on laxatives such as Senna while pregnant?

Ask: Ask your OBGyn. Important that you clear all medications, prescription or OTC, with your OB before you take them. ...Read more

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I'm 9 months pregnant and haven't pooped in a week my rectum is also bloody. I tried an oral laxative a few days ago and nothing happened what should I do?

I'm 9 months pregnant and haven't pooped in a week my rectum is also bloody. I tried an oral laxative a few days ago and nothing happened what should I do?

Might try this: An enema, from your grocery store or pharmacy can be tried. You can use the instrument again with some mineral oil. If failure and having pain and bleeding, see your doctor. Get well ...Read more

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