I am 28wks pregnant and need to take a laxative. Are laxatives with sennosides harmful during pregnancy?

Obstetrician. I firmly believe that a pregnant woman should check with her obstetrician before taking any medications and that includes over the counter ones as some products could stimulate uterine contractions although a simple stool softener like colace (docusate sodium) shouldn't be a problem.

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