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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Pregnancy (Definition)

If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...Read more


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Can i take stool softeners during pregnancy?

Can i take stool softeners during pregnancy?

If necessary: Try. Natural laxatives like prunes and milk eat fruits and vegetables and drink a lot of water and exercise, first. ...Read more

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Preventing Pregnancy (Checklist)

Take birth control pills at the same time each day as directed
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Associate taking the pills with a common activity done daily
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Be aware of medication that could interfere with birth control
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Use barrier protection to prevent STDs
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I'm 12 weeks pregnant. What is safe and effective for constipation drug or stool softener?

I'm 12 weeks pregnant. What is safe and effective for constipation drug or stool softener?

Miralax/fiber: Those treatments that remain confined to the gut, like miralax, are fine during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Bowel stimulants and other meds that may enter your bloodstream should be cleared by your doc before use. ...Read more

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9 wks pregnant no bm for 2 days and cramping....what can I take for a stool softener that is safe?

9 wks pregnant no bm for 2 days and cramping....what can I take for a stool softener that is safe?

Try natural?: Most OBs recommend colace as a safe stool softener. Another option might be to try natural remedies first such as increasing the fluid and fiber in your diet. Therefore, things like more water, prunes or pear juice would be helpful. Definitely worth discussing with your OB of things continue to be problematic. ...Read more

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Coping with Pregnancy Loss (Checklist)

Find and attend a support group
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I'm pregnant and very constipated. Stool softeners and prune juice ain't doing the trick. Can this be bad and are enemas safe?! what else can I do?

I'm pregnant and very constipated. Stool softeners and prune juice ain't doing the trick. Can this be bad and are enemas safe?! what else can I do?

Safe laxatives: There are many safe laxatives to try if necessary. Are you drinking enough water daily? Are you eating high fiber foods? Talk to your doctor about whether she has a preference for dulcolax, miralax, or a different product. Both are safe in pregnancy. ...Read more

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I took a stool softener this morning and i've had diarrhea all day. Is this normal at 38 weeks pregnant?

I took a stool softener this morning and i've had diarrhea all day. Is this normal at 38 weeks pregnant?

Stool softener: Depending on what softener you took, you can have diarrhea. Rest assuredno harm will come to your fetus. ...Read more

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Treating an Ectopic Pregnancy (Checklist)

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