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.
Is it Safe While Pregnant?
It is always best to try the natural methods of relieving constipation before deciding to take any medication.
If none of these natural remedies seem to help, your doctor may suggest taking a mild laxative.
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.
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.
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