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R u allowed to take laxatives while pregnant?
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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
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In brief: Only colace (docusate sodium).
Only the stool softener colace (docusate sodium) is advisable for constipation in pregnancy, because it is not absorbed by the body (therefore no effecton the fetus) and rarely causes diarrhea or excessive digestive tract motility that could stimulate uterine contractions and preterm birth.
Drink plenty of water while pregnant!

In brief: Only colace (docusate sodium).
Only the stool softener colace (docusate sodium) is advisable for constipation in pregnancy, because it is not absorbed by the body (therefore no effecton the fetus) and rarely causes diarrhea or excessive digestive tract motility that could stimulate uterine contractions and preterm birth.
Drink plenty of water while pregnant!
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
In brief: Lactulose
Lactulose is a nonabsorbable sugar.
It draws water back into the colon. It is safe during pregnancy. Just don't take too much of it. Other laxatives especially castor oil and stimulants should be avoided during pregnancy.

In brief: Lactulose
Lactulose is a nonabsorbable sugar.
It draws water back into the colon. It is safe during pregnancy. Just don't take too much of it. Other laxatives especially castor oil and stimulants should be avoided during pregnancy.
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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Dehydration, hypernatremia, hypokalemia can all occur with lactulose. It is class B in pregnancy but is rarely used and certainly a second choice to colace.
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: Some types
Laxatives are taken to encourage bowel movements to relieve constipation.
There are different types:bulk-formers (fiber), hyperosmotics (mom), lubricants (mineral oi), stimulants, and stool softeners (colase). Most are ok in pregnancy. Try to avoid the hyperosmotics /stimulants as those may trigger too many cramps and dehydration in worse cases. Fruits/vegtables/water help!

In brief: Some types
Laxatives are taken to encourage bowel movements to relieve constipation.
There are different types:bulk-formers (fiber), hyperosmotics (mom), lubricants (mineral oi), stimulants, and stool softeners (colase). Most are ok in pregnancy. Try to avoid the hyperosmotics /stimulants as those may trigger too many cramps and dehydration in worse cases. Fruits/vegtables/water help!
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