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- What is constipation?
- What are the causes of constipation?
- When should a doctor be consulted for constipation?
- What natural remedies can a person take for constipation?
- What over-the-counter preparations can be used for constipation?
- Bulk-forming laxatives
- Stool softeners (emollient laxatives)
- Lubricant laxatives
- Stimulant laxatives
- Saline laxatives and osmotic laxatives
- Enemas and suppositories
- How is constipation treated in infants and children?
- How is constipation treated during pregnancy?
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How is constipation treated during pregnancy?
Often dietary and behavioral modifications can ease constipation during pregnancy and are considered safe.
- Eat a diet rich in fiber with whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.
- Supplement fiber in the diet with over-the-counter products such as Metamucil, which is considered safe
- Stay hydrated – drink at least 6-8 glasses of water per day
- Drink 1-2 glasses of prune juice per day
- Exercise regularly – if permitted by your obstetrician
Pregnant women should talk with their doctor before using over-the-counter laxatives or stool softeners during pregnancy.
Medically reviewed by Avrom Simon, MD; Board Certified Preventative Medicine with Subspecialty in Occupational Medicine