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Doctor insights on: Miralax And Pregnancy

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Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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Pregnancy (Definition)

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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Is it safe to drink miralax (polyethylene glycol) when pregnant? Will it cure constipation?

Is it safe to drink miralax (polyethylene glycol) when pregnant? Will it cure constipation?

Constipation: Change in bowel habits, either diarrhea or constipation can occur with pregnancy. Most critical to bowel function is eating regularly and following a careful diet. When constipation develops, increasing water intake and adding fiber (metamucil, citrucel, benefiber) is usually enough. If okay with your obgyn, MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) is usually well tolerated and can help if fiber and water are insufficient. Read more

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I have lazy bowel syndrome, & have to take miralax (polyethylene glycol) daily. Could this affect my ability to get pregnant? Is it safe?

I have lazy bowel syndrome, & have to take miralax (polyethylene glycol) daily. Could this affect my ability to get pregnant? Is it safe?

Should be OK: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) (/peg derivatives) are not absorbed and pull water into the GI tract (--or keep it there--). Should not have impact on reproductive cycle. Many patients, including pediatric ones, use it daily for years without problems. Read more

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Is it safe to take both miralax (polyethylene glycol) and colace every day during pregnancy? Should I be concerned that both are category "c"? What are the risks if any?

Is it safe to take both miralax (polyethylene glycol) and colace every day during pregnancy? Should I be concerned that both are category "c"? What are the risks if any?

Good meds: These agents essentially stay within the gut and are minimally absorbed if at all, into the body. Since they don't reach the blood in any significant amount, they cannot have an effect on the fetus. Part of the category c label comes from not having enough research reports to move it into a safer listing. The cat c meds show no negative effects on baby. Read more

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Is it safe to take miralax (polyethylene glycol) and colace twice a day during pregnancy? My body got used to taking it once a day. I'm 27 weeks & have to be on 60mg of iron.

Maybe: Both MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) and colace are considered category c drugs, indicating that their safety during pregnancy is unknown. However, I am sure that most obstetricians have used them with impunity. Make sure that you check with your OB before using them. Read more

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Am 17 weeks pregnant having severe constipation, is miralax (polyethylene glycol) safe to use during pregnancy?

Am 17 weeks pregnant having severe constipation, is miralax (polyethylene glycol) safe to use during pregnancy?

I prescribe it: There are many options for constipation in pregnancy. First involves making sure you are taking enough water and fiber in your diet. Metamucil or fibercon can be used in addition to natural sources of fiber. Colace twice daily often helps as well. But for those patients who don't see improvement on that regimen, either a dulcolax suppository or MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) is the next thing I typically suggest. Read more

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I'm 34 weeks pregnant and taking 3 iron pills a day for anemia. Is Miralax (polyethylene glycol) safe to take or is there something that would be better?

I'm 34 weeks pregnant and taking 3 iron pills a day for anemia. Is Miralax (polyethylene glycol) safe to take or is there something that would be better?

Yes: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is safe in pregnancy. It is used to treat occasional constipation. It works by holding water in the stool to soften the stool and increases the number of bowel movements. It is known as an osmotic-type laxative. It is classified as a category C drug. Read more

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Can I use miralax (polyethylene glycol) everyday while pregnant?

Can I use miralax (polyethylene glycol) everyday while pregnant?

Maybe...: It's non-systemic, but I doubt it's been tested in pregnant women. Best to check with your obstetrician before taking anything when you have baby on board. Read more

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My boyfriend and I want to get pregnant. I'm on miralax (polyethylene glycol) & dolcolax. Could that hurt my chances or the baby?

My boyfriend and I want to get pregnant. I'm on miralax (polyethylene glycol) & dolcolax. Could that hurt my chances or the baby?

Not at all: Neither of those medications will hurt your chances for baby. They are both incredibly safe. Good luck! Read more

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How much miralax (polyethylene glycol) can I take a day in my first trimester of pregnancy to releaf constipation?

How much miralax (polyethylene glycol) can I take a day in my first trimester of pregnancy to releaf constipation?

Read Insert.: If first approved by your obstetrician and pharmacist, no more than one full adult dose. I would advise a tablespoon of milled flaxseed daily. Read more

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I have to take dolcolax (25mg), miralax, (polyethylene glycol) and linzess daily for severe constipation. Can I still get pregnant? Are they related to pregnancy at all?

I have to take dolcolax (25mg), miralax, (polyethylene glycol) and linzess daily for severe constipation. Can I still get pregnant? Are they related to pregnancy at all?

Unrelated: But the bowel issue needs attention. Regular habits and Adequate water, prunes, natural should get you off formal laxatives? Consult with gastroenterology to be sure no other significant bowel disease, obstruction. Read more

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13 wks pregnant. Dr said to take colace, miralax, (polyethylene glycol) or milk of magnesia for constipation. Which is the best and fastest?

Varies: Different people respond differently to these medications and you need to find out what works best for you by trial and error. You may start with miralax (polyethylene glycol) as it is generally reliable. 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 (polyethylene glycol) 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 (polyethylene glycol) but we read mixed info. Ok?

Yes: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) 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

Miralax (Definition)

Polyethylene glycol is a laxative which is a ...Read more