Laxatives During Pregnancy

Constipation is a common complaint during pregnancy, which means questions about using laxatives during pregnancy are frequent, as well. If you are experiencing constipation, you may find some of the natural suggestions for relieving constipation, such as eating more high fiber foods and drinking more water, do not work.

If this is the case, you may be considering using laxatives during your pregnancy to ease your discomfort. Before you do, make sure to consult your doctor and become informed about the safest course to follow when using laxatives while pregnant.

Are Laxatives Safe During Pregnancy?

It is always best to try the natural methods of relieving constipation before deciding to take any medication. For more information on constipation and ways to relieve it, please visit this link.

If none of these natural remedies seem to help, your doctor may suggest taking a mild laxative. One mild laxative, considered to be safe to take during pregnancy, is Milk of Magnesia. Your doctor may also recommend taking a bulk-producing agent like Metamucil. Lastly, your doctor may suggest a stool softener, which contains docusate, to reduce constipation.

If none of these products work, a stronger medicine might be considered. You should always consult your doctor before taking any stronger medication. In addition, make sure you do not overuse laxatives. This can cause diarrhea, leading to fluid loss, and make you more likely to reach for them in the future.

It is better to try and ensure constipation does not occur in the first place by eating high fiber foods, drinking more water, and exercising regularly.

Unsafe Options

Cod liver oil is unsafe to take during pregnancy to relieve constipation, as it can hinder the absorption of specific vitamins and minerals.

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Compiled using information from the following resources:
(2004). Common questions and concerns during pregnancy in Harms, Roger W. (Ed.), Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy (434-66). New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers Inc.