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6months pregnant and would like to know is it ok to take a probiotic instead of laxative to regulate bowel movements. I'm in overall perfect health.

6months pregnant and would like to know is it ok to take a probiotic instead of laxative to regulate bowel movements. I'm in overall perfect health.

Yes: Although there is increasing evidence of the impact of the digestive tract flora (bacteria; modified by probiotics) on our overall health, there is no evidence one way or another (good or bad) on its impact on pregnancy. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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R u allowed to take laxatives while pregnant?

R u allowed to take laxatives while pregnant?

Only colace (docusate sodium).: Only the stool softener colace (docusate sodium) is advisable for constipation in pregnancy, because it is not absorbed by the body (therefore no effecton the fetus) and rarely causes diarrhea or excessive digestive tract motility that could stimulate uterine contractions and preterm birth. Drink plenty of water while pregnant! ...Read more

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Is it safe to take ford senna extra strength laxatives while pregnant?

Is it safe to take ford senna extra strength laxatives while pregnant?

Considered safe: Senna is considered safe in pregnancy for short-term use; it is not absorbed into the bloodstream, but rather is activated by bacteria in the colon, producing substances that cause the nerves of the colon to fire and the smooth muscle to contract.It is my opinion that psyllium powder mixed in water is a better and more comfortable choice, by softening/bulking the stool without irritating the colon ...Read more

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I am 28wks pregnant and need to take a laxative. Are laxatives with sennosides harmful during pregnancy?

I am 28wks pregnant and need to take a laxative. Are laxatives with sennosides harmful during pregnancy?

Obstetrician: I firmly believe that a pregnant woman should check with her obstetrician before taking any medications and that includes over the counter ones as some products could stimulate uterine contractions although a simple stool softener like colace (docusate sodium) shouldn't be a problem. ...Read more

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I just found out I'm pregnant. 4weeks along and I'm addicted to laxatives I take 25mg of bisacodyl a day for 6 years. Will this hurt the fetus?

I just found out I'm pregnant. 4weeks along and I'm addicted to laxatives I take 25mg of bisacodyl a day for 6 years. Will this hurt the fetus?

Shouldn't be problem: with the pregnancy per se, but laxative abuse can be part of a larger problem, including eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia, both of which can cause problems in pregnancy. You need to talk to your PCP and/or OB provider about your laxative use and get help. It can be treated, it isn't rare, and it doesn't make you a bad person. Especially now, when you are expecting, get help!! ...Read more

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WHAT ARE SOME DIFFERENT KINDS OF OVER THE COUNTER SAFE MILD LAXATIVES I CAN TAKE WHILE IM PREGNANT? (17 WEEKS) IS MILK OF MAGNESIUM OR CITRATE OK?

Talk to your OB MD: When you are being treated by a OB MD, you should channel all of your questions regarding your health, medications and intake to them for continuity of your care. ...Read more

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I'm 5 weeks pregnant, how does laxative work as an abortion method and how long does it take?

Laxatives don't work: Laxatives, depending on what you are actually proposing to take, are not used to terminate pregnancies. You should see your doctor immediately to discuss a safe approach to your problem as there are safe methods available to help you. ...Read more

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Dulcalax laxatives 32 weeks pregnant. Obgyn recommend but did not say how many tablets to take when max amount is 1-3 tablets in a single daily dose.

Dulcalax laxatives 32 weeks pregnant. Obgyn recommend but did not say how many tablets to take when max amount is 1-3 tablets in a single daily dose.

One: One should really be enough. Take it at bedtime. If you do not have a BM in the morning, you may take another. Taking too many could cause cramping. (But won't interfere with your pregnancy). ...Read more

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