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Can I drink magnesium citrate? Im 17 weeks pregnant and constipatef

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: Probably not

It can also cause hypokalemia. Lactulose is probably a safer laxative to take during 2nd trimester.

In brief: Probably not

It can also cause hypokalemia. Lactulose is probably a safer laxative to take during 2nd trimester.
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Dr. PAUL EUN
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Try stool softener

It is probably better to try stool softner before resorting to a laxative.
Constipation is a very common problem during pregnancy mainly due to increased absorption of water in the intestine caused by hormone induced prolonged transit time (time it takes for food to travel through the intestine). If constipation is not relieved by stool softner, then you could try mild laxative.

In brief: Try stool softener

It is probably better to try stool softner before resorting to a laxative.
Constipation is a very common problem during pregnancy mainly due to increased absorption of water in the intestine caused by hormone induced prolonged transit time (time it takes for food to travel through the intestine). If constipation is not relieved by stool softner, then you could try mild laxative.
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