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Metamucil & Pregnancy

by
author image Carolyn Robbins
Carolyn Robbins began writing in 2006. Her work appears on various websites and covers various topics including neuroscience, physiology, nutrition and fitness. Robbins graduated with a bachelor of science degree in biology and theology from Saint Vincent College.
Metamucil & Pregnancy
Gastrointestinal problems, including constipation, are common during pregnancy. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images

Because of hormone-related relaxation of the intestinal muscles, reduced physical activity, a low-fiber diet and anxiety, constipation is a common side effect of pregnancy. Although lifestyle changes, such as drinking more water and improving your diet, are the preferred method of treatment, over-the-counter laxatives -- such as Metamucil -- are safe for occasional use during pregnancy.

What is Metamucil?

Metamucil, or psyllium, is a bulk-forming laxative that works by drawing water into stools, making them softer and easier to pass. Although psyllium works well for occasional constipation, it can also be habit-forming. In other words, you may become dependent on Metamucil to produce a bowel movement if you take the medication for an extended period of time.

Pregnancy Safety

Metamucil has a category B classification for pregnancy, which means that there were no adverse effects found in animal studies, but no controlled studies exist for pregnant women. The American Pregnancy Association recommends Metamucil as a treatment for constipation -- with a physician's approval.

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