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Senna Tea While Pregnant
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
Yes: The most common are abdominal cramps, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. ...Read more
Hudration: That is ok. Please also stay hydrated. ...Read more
It is probably safe: Taking a laxative pill the same day after drinking a senna tea is safe. If you have chronic constipation then a daily fiber supplement or stool softener (miralax, etc) is better long term. Stimulant laxatives such as senna and bisacodyl are ok for occasional use. If your symptoms are severe you should discuss them with a gastroenterologist as further evaluation may be warranted. ...Read more
Look at the box: The box will have the amount per serving. ...Read more
Senna: Medline plus indicates that senna is "possibly safe" during pregnancy when used briefly, in small doses. However, it considers the herb to be "possibly unsafe" in large doses or for an extended period of time. The american pregnancy association specifically advises against stimulant laxatives during pregnancy, noting that they can cause contractions in the uterus. Senna can also lead to dehydratio. ...Read more
Better not too:
Just because it's natural doesn't mean it's safe (hemlock killed socrates). Chronic stimulant laxatives: senna, cascara, aloe, triphala (natural), can lead to dependency, affect the nerve supply of the bowel.
Better: fiber foods (better than supplement), fluids, activity. Occasional stimulants: figs, prunes, senna etc. Ok. Why constipated? Meds, diet, thyroid, metab, anatomy.
Other lax available. ...Read more
Can I drink Senna laxative tea during my inactive pills and still be protected once I start a new pack?
Laxatives: It is not necessarily "bad" to take laxatives when menstruating, as most commercial laxatives are gentle and do not cause a problem if constipation is present. Many women feel bloated with the onset of their period, which is not caused by constipation, but is simply reaction to the lower levels of hormones at the time of your period. Unnecessary use of laxatives can irritate your intestines. ...Read more
Likely not: There should be no significant interaction between the two. ...Read more
Hi Doc! My has hypertension & diabetes, she's taking her meds for hypertension&diabetes. Can she take a slimming tea that contains Senna Leaves &pods?
Senna: Senna sometimes used as a laxative, but when it is used on a chronic basis can cause a condition called melanosis coli. If constipation is an issue, it is better to increase the amount of fiber in the diet and even consider a fiber supplement. You should increase fluid intake if you increase fiber intake. This would be better than chronic senna usage. Good luck. ...Read more
I am 9 weeks pregnant. I took senna tea to releave my constipation. Is this bad for my pregnancy?
Been having dull, cramping pain in the tissue below my xiphoid process for several days. Took senna tea & Zantac, (ranitidine) neither helped pain. What could it be?
Hi Dr. I want yo ask if I can take a slimming tea that made by Senna Leves & fruits?! I'm taking Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) pills everyday for my hormonal imbalance. Thank u
Hi I have a question does drinking tea that have senna leaf, lemon grass, uva ursi, and shave grass affect with my birth control pill.?
Is it safe to drink ballerina tea at 34 weeks preg? Contains senna and can cause extra bowel movements. Will it harm baby or cause labor?
OK but not frequent:
Senekot used occasionally is safe - if used frequently it can damage the bowel. It is recommended to increase fiber and fluids in your diet, use stoll softeners (ducosate sodium) and take a gentle laxative like MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) when needed.
As dr. Shim indicated mom is safe and effective as well. ...Read more
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