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Is it safe to use laxatives during pregnancy?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Some laxatives can be used during pregnancy to treat constipation that does not get better with home care. Laxatives work in different ways to help stool move through the digestive system. Many laxatives are available over the counter, but some of these are not safe during pregnancy. As with all medications during pregnancy, they should be used only under a doctor's care. 

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