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What should I know before taking a laxative during pregnancy?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Do not use castor oil during pregnancy. Castor oil can cause premature labor.

Mineral oil can interfere with the absorption of some vitamins. It should not be used during pregnancy.

People with diabetes should be cautious about laxatives that contain lactulose. This type of laxative contains sugar and may not be appropriate for your diet.

Pregnant women with nausea or morning sickness should be cautious about laxatives that contain lactulose. This type of laxative can make nausea worse.

People with stool impaction should not take bulk-forming laxatives. Constipation during pregnancy rarely leads to stool impaction.

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