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Senna and Pregnancy

Based on what is known about pregnancy and senna, the medication should be safe for women who are expecting. There have been no reports of birth defects or other problems associated with the use of this laxative during pregnancy in humans or animals. If you are using this product and pregnancy occurs, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about any potential risks.

Can I Take Senna While Pregnant?

Senna is a botanical product available in over-the-counter medications most often used as stimulant laxatives. Short-term use of senna is generally considered to be safe during pregnancy.

Safety Information for Pregnant Women

Senna does not cause birth defects in animals. There are no reports of birth defects or other problems associated with pregnant women using senna. Additionally, very little senna is absorbed into the bloodstream, making the medication unlikely to affect a developing fetus.
Keep in mind that long-term use of senna is generally not recommended for anyone. It is unknown exactly how senna misuse (either by taking too much or taking it too long) might affect a pregnancy.

Final Thoughts

If you are pregnant, it is always a good idea to have a discussion with your healthcare provider before taking any medication or supplement, including senna. Your healthcare provider will consider both the benefits and risks of this product before making a recommendation for your particular situation. Your healthcare provider will also be able to suggest ways of dealing with constipation during pregnancy.
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