Can you use a stool softener during pregnancy?


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According to the Mayo Clinic, stool softeners are generally considered to be safe when taken during pregnancy. Stool softeners are not likely to harm a developing baby because little of the active ingredient in stool softeners is absorbed by the body.

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According to the Mayo Clinic, a health care provider should be consulted prior to taking stool softeners and other kinds of laxatives to treat pregnancy constipation. Pregnancy constipation can usually be prevented by making lifestyle changes. These changes may include drinking plenty of fluids, especially water and fruit juice, including regular physical activity as part of a daily routine and increasing fiber in the diet. Foods high in fiber include fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

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