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Pregnancy - will lactulose be helpful in pregnacy constipation?

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kaismama 11 Nov 2012

I don't think I'd take lactulose while pregnant. It can take nutrients out of your system. Something like milk of magnesia would be more gentle and safer.

suzanne66 11 Nov 2012

Yes - Lactulose is safe to take during pregnancy, it is important that you drink plenty of water while taking Lactulose.
Constipation is a common problem during pregnancy. You can help avoid constipation by eating plenty of high fibre foods and drinking plenty of water. Regular exercise like walking or swimming is helpful too.
If dietary and lifestyle changes do not work, you may need a laxative. Lots of laxatives are safe for pregnant women to use because most are not absorbed by the digestive system. Lactulose and macrogols are often drugs of choice during pregnancy. Talk to your pharmacist or doctor for more advice.
If these do not work you could use a small dose of bisacodyl or senna (stimulant laxatives).
However, senna may not be suitable if you are in your third trimester of pregnancy (27 weeks to birth) because this medicine is partially absorbed by your digestive system. All the best.

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