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Can I take an off the counter stool softener in pregnancy?

Hello, I am 38weeks and 3days pregnant and I am experiencing hard stools that are quite difficult to pass out.Can I take an off the counter stool softener and will it not have any effect on my baby? Thanks
Asked On : Sun, 27 Mar 2011
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Certain stool softener are quite safe during advanced stage of pregnancy.You can take after consultation with your doctor.Stool softener generally don`t have any effect on baby at this stage of pregnancy.Disclaimer
Answered: Sun, 27 Mar 2011
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Hi dear
Welcome to HealthcareMagic.
How long do you have them since? Please do not take any medicine without your Doctor`s prescription.In later stages of pregnancy , bowel disorders are common.To avoid constipation , drink lots of water and avoid straining .I advise you to visit your Obstetrician .
Take care.
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