Laxatives For Constipation (cont.)

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How is constipation treated during pregnancy?

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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.

REFERENCE: MedscapeReference.com. Constipation.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/22/2014

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