Laxatives for Constipation

  • Medical Author:
    John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

    John P. Cunha, DO, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Cunha's educational background includes a BS in Biology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a DO from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, MO. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.

  • Medical Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

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How is constipation treated during pregnancy?

Hormones from pregnancy, as well as prenatal vitamins and iron supplements may cause constipation. Pressure from the uterus pushes on the bowels and can cause constipation.

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

REFERENCE:

MedscapeReference.com. Constipation.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/7/2016
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