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5 weeks pregnant and constipated, wanting to take stool softner

Patient: I am 5 weeks and 4 days pregnant. Is it safe to take a stool softner if I am constipated?

 

 

Doctor: Stool softners are safe to take during pregnancy. The active ingredients in these products aren’t absorbed by the body, so they’re unlikely to have an adverse effect on a developing baby. I would however still consult your family doctor before taking the softner.

 


 

 
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Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

Dr. Suneel Sharman completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Toronto. He currently operates Infinity Health Centre, a walk-in-clinic in downtown Toronto.

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