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A pregnant woman states that she has been constipated since becoming pregnant. Which medication is most appropriate for preventing constipation related to pregnancy?
A)Metamucil
B)Mineral oil
C)Saline cathartic
D)Stimulant cathartic
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Abrams' Clinical Drug Therapy: Rationales for Nursing Practice
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A bulk-producing agent, such as Metamucil, is most physiologic for the mother and safe for the fetus. Mineral oil is not recommended because of the lack of absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. Saline cathartics are not recommended because of hypernatremia. Stimulant cathartics are not recommended for the pregnant woman.

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