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18 weeks pregnat what can I use to make my bowel movements easier?

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Dr. Erinn Huffman
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Stool softener

Constipation is a common problem in pregnancy.
Stool softeners, like docusate, are over the counter and safe in pregnancy. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is also safe in pregnancy and can be adjusted to your needs. You should also be drinking plenty of water and high fiber foods. In general, you should aim to have a bowel movement almost everyday, and to not strain during bowel movements.

In brief: Stool softener

Constipation is a common problem in pregnancy.
Stool softeners, like docusate, are over the counter and safe in pregnancy. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is also safe in pregnancy and can be adjusted to your needs. You should also be drinking plenty of water and high fiber foods. In general, you should aim to have a bowel movement almost everyday, and to not strain during bowel movements.
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