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    Magnesium Citrate in Pregnancy?
    An_246336 posted:
    Like many pregnant women, I suffer from constipation. Unfortunately, I've had this issue my entire life. When not pregnant, I wait until I haven't had a bowel movement for a week before I take laxatives. Now that I'm pregnant, I've been trying harder to control this issue with my diet - I eat Dannon Activia with a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast every morning, avoid cheese, eat more fruit, but I'm not going at all on my own and my normal dose of laxatives (2 correctol & 1 senokot) makes me violently ill with vomiting. My mom recommended magnesium citrate, but I'm not finding much information regarding side effects during pregnancy. Is magnesium citrate safe to use in pregnant women with a history of constipation?
    Robert O Atlas, MD responded:
    I am sorry you are suffering so much. Pregnancy certainly increases the risk of constipation. We really try and avoid significant laxatives in pregnancy unless really necessary.

    Do you have a GI medicine individual? I would really suggest contacting them and being seen.

    You did not include how many weeks pregnant you are. if you are in the first early second trimester, it is probably Ok to take the Magnesium citrate.

    I am really worried for you. I would contact your healthcare provider on Monday and discuss further.
    JoscelynElizabeth replied to Robert O Atlas, MD's response:
    Thank you

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