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Are there any side effects from laxatives taken during pregnancy?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Laxatives can cause gas, crampy abdominal pain, and abdominal bloating. Stimulant laxatives can cause electrolyte imbalances, such as low potassium or low sodium levels in the blood. 

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