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Miralax During Pregnancy : Is It Safe?
Along with the several challenges that come along with
pregnancy, constipation is also a common problem. As the uterus
starts growing in size to make space for the baby to grow properly,
certain organs have to shift from their place. Some amount of
pressure is also applied on the small intestine and the large intestine.
This can cause some issues with bowel movement and this is why
pregnant women often suffer from constipation. The other reasons for
constipation in women is the iron supplements, hemorrhoids, or any
kind of injury during childbirth. Constipation may occur at any time
during pregnancy but it’s chances increase at a rapid rate during the
last trimester. The increase in certain hormone level and the prenatal
vitamins that contains iron is also responsible for constipation during
Can You Take MiralaxWhen Pregnant?
In Order to relieve pregnant women from this problem doctors give
them an OTC medicine which is very effective in relieving
constipation. It targets the water in our body and helps to hydrate,
ease and soften the motion. Thus, it unblocks the system of our body
naturally in about two to three days. Thus, it is also known as osmotic
laxative. General stimulant laxative pills forcefully stimulates the
nerves in the colon which forces the intestine to contract whereas
osmotic laxative like Miralax work naturally without harming the body
But, the things that work well with our body normally may not work the
same during pregnancy due to the several changes that the body
undergoes. So, here we have a write-up to let you know about the
possible side effects and benefits of taking Miralax during pregnancy.
Miralax and pregnancy
Only a small amount of miralax is absorbed by our body, so it is
considered rather safe drug but only for a small period. It contains
polyethylene glycol 3350 which is an active ingredient. As mentioned
by a source from American family physicians miralax is often
considered as the first choice for any case of constipation during
pregnancy, but it’s said that not been much study done on this drug.
So, some doctors recommend drugs that are much researched and all
their aspects have been discovered. So, stimulant laxatives such as
Dulcolax and Fletcher’s Laxative are considered to be a replacement
Though miralax has an edge over stimulant laxatives but it has some
noticeable side effects if it is taken for a longer period of time. When
taken as per doctor’s prescription and at regular doses, it works well
with the body and eases our problem but anything cannot be
completely safe. So, here are some side effects of miralax:
Excessive number of bowel movement
Blood in stool
Gas formation in the stomach
It’s important to know that doctors give us this medication because
they the side effects occur very rarely and due to these side effects
the recommendable benefits of this medicine cannot be ignored. So, it
becomes our responsibility to inform the doctor in case you encounter
any such side effects. The diarrhoea and frequent bowel movements
can cause dehydration in the body, that is, decrease in the level of
fluid in the body. Dehydration can turn out to be fatal for both the
mother and the baby. So, pay attention on taking regular doses and
follow the instructions given by doctors in order to avoid any such
Allergic reaction due to this drug is very rare, but in case you suffer
from rash, itching or swelling in the throat, face or tongue
or dizziness and trouble in breathing, it’s advised to seek medical
Alternatives treatment to miralax
Since, miralax is essentially useful but it has so many side effects, so
it is a concern for many mothers. Well, let’s not forget that medicines
are not the only way to deal with any problem. Our lifestyle stands as
the major reason for many problems that we face, so the best
treatment for these problems that arise due to lifestyle issues is
changing our lifestyle. Lifestyle changes can not reduce the risk of
constipation but also help to reduce its effect. Some of the mandatory
changes that we can adopt in our daily life are:
Drink lots of water and increase the intake of fluid in your diet.
Eat highly fibrous food such as fruits, vegetables and whole grain
Certain exercises are recommended for pregnant women during
pregnancy. Make sure to do those exercises daily. But, it’s
advisable to consult your doctor before increasing the body actibi
level so as to avoid any further complications
Iron is also a reason for constipation, so it’s better to reduce the iron
intake to relieve constipation. Since, iron is important for the body
during pregnancy, so before taking any step you must talk to your
doctor and ask him if it is possible to reduce the dose of iron or take
it in small doses.
Well, as per many researchers there are many OTC Laxative drugs
that can replace miralax. They are as follows:
Docusate which is a stool softener
Senna or bisacodyl which are good stimulant laxatives.
Dietary supplements can also be given in case of constipation.
Benefiber and Fiber Choice are some good dietary fibers.
Citrucel, FiberCon, and Metamucil are great bulk forming agents.
They are also highly effective.
Well when it comes to constipation during breastfeeding, miralax is
considered to be a safe drug. When taken in at normal doses, the
medicine does not pass into the breast milk. So, miralax doesn’t lead
to any side effect on the baby when taken during pregnancy.
As pregnancy is a very crucial stage in every woman’s life, she should
take every step with care. Anything that is suggested on internet can
be considered very useful, but it’s better to consult the doctor before
applying any of these remedies. You must be open enough to the
doctor to clear your queries.
Thus, miralax is an extremely safe drug but it can cause some side
effects in some cases. So, stay careful and happy parenting.
Hope this article was of help for all our parents!! Please share your
comments/queries/tips with us and help us create a world full of
Happy and Healthy Babies!!