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Pregnancy is a wonderful time in a woman’s life, but it may also come with its lot of not-so-wonderful side effects. Constipation is a good example of a common pregnancy ailment. Fortunately, there are various ways to prevent and treat it.
How is constipation defined?
Contributing factors to constipation during pregnancy:
Sources of dietary fibre
(Not recommended for diabetics due to high sugar content)
Heat for 30 minutes until smooth consistency is obtained. Put in mixer as needed. Keeps for 1 month in the refrigerator. Spread onto toast in the morning.
Glycerin suppository (effective in less than 1 hour)
1 rectal suppository as needed. Keep for 15 minutes if possible (maximum of 2 per day).
Psyllium (MetamucilMD or BenefibreMD) (effective after 1 to 3 days)
5.8 g 1 to 3 times a day with lots of liquids (water, fruit juice, etc.)
*** can interfere with the absorption of other medications. Space out the time you take your medication by 2 hours)
Docusate sodium (ColaceMD) (effective after 1 to 3 days)
1 tablet twice a day, morning and night. If this is ineffective, increase to 2 tablets twice a day.
If the agents above fail:
Lactulose (effective after 1 to 3 days)
15 ml twice a day, morning and night. Increase to 30 ml twice a day if necessary.
Sennosides (SenokotMD) (effective after 8 to 12 hours)
2 tablets at bedtime (occasional use only)
These products may contain high doses of stimulant laxatives and are not recommended to treat constipation for pregnant women. When the first resort agents fail, talk to your pharmacist who will be able to recommend another treatment option.
Don’t hesitate to talk to your pharmacist at any time for additional information!
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