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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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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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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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Quick question; can you take a stool softener and citucel if you're pregnant?

Yes: Both are safe , but make sure your OB knows everything you are taking and any ?S about safety of any meds should be directed to your ob. ...Read more

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My wife is 10 wks pregnant and having severe constipation. Tried stool softeners and Metamucil. The dr recommended miralax but we read mixed info. Ok?

My wife is 10 wks pregnant and having severe constipation. Tried stool softeners and Metamucil. The dr recommended miralax but we read mixed info. Ok?

Yes: Miralax is fine. Most important, though, is drinking lots of water. The hormones of early pregnancy slow the bowel down, so constipation is a problem. It usually gets better in the second trimester, but then worse again in the late third. When the baby's head is taking up room in the pelvis. ...Read more

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I am 10 weeks pregnant...is it ok to take magnesium citrate to treat constipation? stool softeners aren't working.

I am 10 weeks pregnant...is it ok to take magnesium citrate to treat constipation? stool softeners aren't working.

No Magnesium Citrate: Hello Shawn Please don't take magnesium citrate to treat constipation. Magnesium citrate is a class C drug regarding pregnancy, which means a "Risk not ruled out", and that "animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus" I would suggest fiber supplementation (eg fiber one cereal), increased water intake, and gentle exercise along with stool softeners like sodium docusate. ...Read more

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