Are laxatives safe to take while pregnant to help reduce straining during bowel movements?

Yes. Constipation is a frequent complaint during pregnancy. Occasional laxative use is safe for relief of this common symptom. It is best not to become reliant on laxatives, and adequate exercise, water and fiber are very helpful. Increase fiber gradually to minimize bloating. Ask your provider which laxatives they have found to be best.
Laxatives in pregnan. Some laxatives ( not all) are fine during pregnancy. Try going natural route first. Increase fiber and juice intake.