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Doctor insights on: Laxatives Safe Pregnant Bowel Movements

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Is senokot (senna) laxatives safe during pregnancy?

Is senokot (senna) laxatives safe during pregnancy?

Yes: But any meds you may want to take , you should ask your OB as your OB may want you to use something else. ...Read more

Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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Excrutiating pain during bowel movement with hemorrhoid.. Any advice? Enema? Laxative?

Excrutiating pain during bowel movement with hemorrhoid.. Any advice? Enema? Laxative?

Fissure: Could be an anal fissure. Soft stools without straining. There is topical medication that may help so call your doctor. ...Read more

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Are laxatives safe for irritable bowel syndrome?

Are laxatives safe for irritable bowel syndrome?

Only if given by Dr: Laxatives are usually not used for ibs unless they are prescribed by your dr. Most laxatives work by irritating the colon to push stool out.Other laxatives work by bringing water into your colon to flush the stool out. These may cause dehydration & electrolyte problems if used improperly. Most dr suggests altering your diet & managing stress. Talk to your dr about your options, there are some meds. ...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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Are laxatives safe to take while pregnant to help reduce straining during bowel movements?

Are laxatives safe to take while pregnant to help reduce straining during bowel movements?

Yes: Constipation is a frequent complaint during pregnancy. Occasional laxative use is safe for relief of this common symptom. It is best not to become reliant on laxatives, and adequate exercise, water and fiber are very helpful. Increase fiber gradually to minimize bloating. Ask your provider which laxatives they have found to be best. ...Read more

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I've tried exlax and Dulcolax and still no bowel movement, enema next?

I've tried exlax and Dulcolax and still no bowel movement, enema next?

Maybe: Dulcolax is stimulant laxative. Sometimes osmotic laxatives, like lactulose work better. Another treatment is citroma. If you symptoms do not improve see a doctor. ...Read more

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Can I use glycerin suppository if 16 oz of prune juice didn't help constipation? Been 6.5 days since last bowel movement

Can I use glycerin suppository if 16 oz of prune juice didn't help constipation? Been 6.5 days since last bowel movement

Invest in an enema: If at 18 you haven't gone in a week, your issue is unlikely to respond to glycerine. The large intestine has extracted enough moisture from the plug in your lower bowel to require more aggressive work. An enema is available under several generic or brand forms.Insert, hold in as long as you can, and empty.Repeat daily if needed. Use mirilax or similar to help from above. Empty daily to avoid pbs. ...Read more

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Had a good bowel movement 3 days ago but can't pass a bowel movement now. Very constipated even though I'm taking stool softeners &drinking alot?

Had a good bowel movement 3 days ago but can't pass a bowel movement now. Very constipated even though I'm taking stool softeners &drinking alot?

Fiber and Magnesium: Try adding several tablespoonfuls of psyllium husks (Konsyl) to your daily regimen. Mix and drink fast, as it will solidify in the glass otherwise. Follow with another glass of water. Do this daily. Add magnesium to your diet, as well--500-1500 mg per day. You can't overdose on magnesium, because it will give you diarrhea. Find the dose that's right for you. ...Read more

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How long after taking 4 tablets of Dulcolax and miralax (polyethylene glycol) do bowel movements start?

How long after taking 4 tablets of Dulcolax and miralax (polyethylene glycol) do bowel movements start?

Dulcolax & Miralax (polyethylene glycol): Dulcolax Laxative Tablets usually leads to bowel movement within 6 to 12 hours when taken as directed. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) may produce a bowel movement in one to three days. I can not predict how long it will take if you are mixing doses and medications. ...Read more

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I've taken laxatives, fiber pills, miralax, (polyethylene glycol) colon cleansers and even enema and still have not had bowel movement. Do i go to the emergency?

I've taken laxatives, fiber pills, miralax, (polyethylene glycol) colon cleansers and even enema and still have not had bowel movement. Do i go to the emergency?

Depends: Depends, how long it has been since last bm, do you have abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, any other symptoms, if yes than go to er, if no you may want to try to see you doctor first. But in any case don't wait too long. ...Read more

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Miralax, linzess, amitiza, lactulose, psyllium and glycerin suppositories don't work. Abdominal/pelvic CT normal. What can I do? Always constipated.

Miralax, linzess, amitiza, lactulose, psyllium and glycerin suppositories don't work. Abdominal/pelvic CT normal. What can I do? Always constipated.

One option: Talk with your physician about treatment with acupuncture. I have found that this can work well for constipation. In the meantime add lots of water & physical activity. ...Read more

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Bloated & constipated. Haven't had a complete bowel movement in over 5 days. Took 2 Colace & 1 suppository. Only partial movements. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) safe?

Bloated & constipated. Haven't had a complete bowel movement in over 5 days. Took 2 Colace & 1 suppository. Only partial movements. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) safe?

Constipation: If you have a strong urge to have a bm but can't, work from below with a dulcolax rectal suppository or fleets enema or a gentle tap water enema. In stubborn cases manual disimpaction is required. If you don't have an urge to move your bowels and are not having severe cramps, then miralax (polyethylene glycol) or other laxatives can be used. ...Read more

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Haven't had normal bm in 2 weeks, tried stool softener, laxative, more fiber, & enema. Causes loose stool. Worried about impaction? What should I do?

Haven't had normal bm in 2 weeks, tried stool softener, laxative, more fiber, & enema. Causes loose stool. Worried about impaction? What should I do?

Pain or bloating?: If not you can keep doing what your doing for a while but if pain or distention develop see your doctor pronto. ...Read more

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5w old supplemented baby constipated 1 big bowel movement after rectal stimulation a small bowel movement with suppository 2xday Karo syrup still pain?

5w old supplemented baby constipated 1 big bowel movement after rectal stimulation a small bowel movement with suppository 2xday Karo syrup still pain?

TRY PRUNE JUICE: Do not routinely stimulate.Give 15 ml prune juice wi15 ml water once a day.do this daily for 5-7 days until regulaand use it as needed but dont wait too long after the baby skips a bowel movement. ...Read more

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No bowel movement after drinking magnesium citrate? Should I take more?

No bowel movement after drinking magnesium citrate? Should I take more?

Magnesium sulphate: It takes about 45 minutes to2to3 hours for it to start working, if it has been that long then you can drink more.It will work and you will go to bathroom again and again till your bowels are cleaned. ...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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Pale stool, not every time, frequent bowel movements daily?

Pale stool, not every time, frequent bowel movements daily?

R/O IBS: IBS IS SX OF EXCLUSION.. You need a full exam and blood work. Especially screen for H pylori . Also stool screen x 3 for occult blood /parasite/hpylori . you also need a baseline colonoscopy. While you are getting these items checked out you should stick to a gluten free high fiber diet . Ie gutbliss.com and Wholeapproach.com. Also 64-80oz water ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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