Tuesday, October 15, 2019

POPE AND HIS BASIC TEACHINGS

I  WAS  TALKING TO SOMEONE WHO SAID THE POPE IS CHANGING MANY TEACHING THE CHURCH HAS HELD FOR A LONG LONG TIME.  I TOLD THEM" I'M NOT SURE WHERE YOUR GETTING YOUR FACTS FROM, BUT IT AIN'T REALLY SO AT ALL"----Keith Hunt



FRANCIS IN AMERICA

Pope Francis on Abortion
and Other Issues

By LIAM STACK SEPT. 21, 2015





Pope Francis has guided the church with a more compassionate tone than many of his predecessors since he was elected in March 2013, but he has not changed official doctrine.
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Andrew Medichin/Associated Press


Pope Francis has injected new energy into the Catholic Church with an outspoken manner and teachings that emphasize mercy over moralizing. In style and substance, his approach to the issues confronting the world’s 1.25 billion Catholics has differed from his predecessors — though he has not changed official church doctrine.
Here is a brief look at where Francis stands on issues of particular importance to Americans.

  • The Times’s Ian Fisher, a former Rome bureau chief, on the pope’s statement on gay priests and how it differentiates Francis from previous leaders of the Catholic Church. Credit
    Video by Reem Makhoul, Alyssa Kim and Ian Fisher on Publish Date
    July 29, 2013


    Gay Marriage and Homosexuality
    Francis has approached the question of homosexuality with a lighter touch than those of his predecessors, but he has not changed Catholic teaching that homosexuality is “intrinsically disordered,” and he opposes gay marriage. He has insisted, however, that Catholics shift their attitude toward gay people to love and welcoming instead of judgment. The most famous sentence he has uttered so far in his papacy was an off-the-cuff response to a reporter’s question about homosexuality: “Who am I to judge?”

  • Abortion
    The Catholic Church’s opposition to abortion has not changed under Pope Francis, who believes that unborn fetuses are sacred and must be protected.
    However, he has criticized the church for being “obsessed” with issues like abortion and homosexuality and has emphasized the opposition to them far less than his predecessors. He has also said priests should absolve women who confess to “the sin of abortion” during the church’s upcoming Year of Mercy if they seek forgiveness for their sins with a “contrite heart.”


  • Among visitors to the Vatican earlier this month, there was a largely positive reaction to announcements that the pope had simplified the process for obtaining marriage annulments. Credit
    Video by Reuters on Publish Date
    September 08, 2015


    Divorce
    The church views Catholic couples who obtain civil divorces and then remarry in civil ceremonies to be committing adultery. That has not changed. But Pope Francis has urged a more merciful approach toward these Catholics and ignited controversy by opening debate on whether they should be allowed to receive communion. Before his trip to the United States, he also sped up the process of annulments.

  • Birth Control
    Pope Francis has endorsed the church’s opposition to contraception, enshrined in the 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae, and counseled Catholics to practice “responsible parenthood” through methods approved by the church, like the so-called rhythm method.
    While Francis has advised Catholics not to breed “like rabbits,” he has not reversed a ban on condom use that has many critics, especially regarding the spread of AIDS.
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  • Women and the Church
    Francis does not support the ordination of women as priests and has said a woman cannot lead a major Vatican congregation because only Cardinals, who are only male, can do so. He has consistently said he believes women should play a greater role in running the church, though he remains under criticism for not advocating more formal roles.
    Under his predecessor, Benedict XVI, the church began two far-reaching investigations into American nuns after accusations that female religious orders in the United States had become hotbeds of secularism and feminism. Francis brought both probes to an end, instead praising the women for their work on behalf of the poor.

  • Sexual Abuse
    After initially being criticized for a lackluster response to the issue — as both head of the Argentine church and as pope — Francis created a commission of experts that included abuse survivors to advise the Vatican on how to respond to such allegations. On their recommendation he created a Vatican tribunal to prosecute bishops who protect abusive priests.
    Francis was praised for accepting the resignations of two American bishops accused of shielding abusers but caused an uproar in March when he promoted a Chilean bishop accused of both covering up and participating in the sexual abuse of minors.

  • In Pope Francis’ first address to the European Parliament, in November 2014, he called for a united response to the plight of migrants. “We cannot allow the Mediterranean to become a vast cemetery,” he said. Credit
    Video by Reuters on Publish Date
    November 25, 2014


    Migration
    As Europe faces waves of migrants, some of whom have died during their journey, Francis has been a strong advocate for their human rights and acceptance. He urged Europe and other wealthy nations to welcome people fleeing conflict and poverty, and he has described the conditions facing migrants on the U.S.-Mexico border as “inhuman.” Addressing the crisis in Europe, Francis told European lawmakers, "We cannot allow the Mediterranean to become a vast cemetery."

  • Environment
    Francis has made addressing climate change a cornerstone of his papacy. "Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last two hundred years," Francis wrote in his second encyclical, “Laudato Si,” which called climate change a man-made phenomenon caused by overconsumption, greed and the use of fossil fuels. In a rare instance of the Vatican going viral, Francis repeated this message in a Twitter post: “The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth.”
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  • Capitalism
    Francis has compared unbridled capitalism to the idolatrous worship of money and has said that the world’s poor have a “sacred right” to jobs, housing and land. Quoting a fourth-century bishop, he has called the unrestrained pursuit of riches "the dung of the devil" and criticized international financial institutions for practicing a “new colonialism.” Some conservatives in the United States have accused him of being a communist in bishop’s clothing, but Francis has said he is merely spreading the gospel.

  • Diplomacy
    Francis played a crucial role in the restoration of full diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, reaching out to the leaders of both countries shortly after his election in 2013 with an offer to mediate negotiations between them.
    That led to a series of secret meetings between representatives of the two countries that culminated in a meeting in Vatican City in the fall of 2014. When President Obama and President Raúl Castro announced the beginning of the normalization process in December 2014, both men thanked Francis for the role he played.

Friday, September 27, 2019

CLIMATE CHANGE PROTEST DAY....around the world!


CLIMATE  CHANGE  PROTEST  AROUND  THE  WORLD!

ESPECIALLY  THE  YOUNG  PEOPLE,  AND  I  CAN  SURE  UNDERSTAND  HOW  THEY  MUST  BE  FEELING  FOR  THE  FUTURE.

MAYBE,  MAYBE  THE  NATIONS  WILL  MAKE  A  HUGE  EFFORT  TO  CURB  IT;  ACTUALLY  IT’S  ONLY  ABOUT  8  OR  10  NATIONS  THAT  REALLY  NEED  TO  CURB  THEIR  CO2  OUTPUT  TO  STOP  FUTURE  WORLD  CATASTROPHE.

BUT…… WILL  THIS  HAPPEN?  A  MIGHTY  BIG  QUESTION  INDEED!

BIBLE  PROPHECY  WILL  MOVE  ON  AND  WILL  ALL  COME  TO  PASS  ONE  DAY,  AS  JESUS  SAID  IN  LUKE  21: 20, 21.

BIBLE  PROPHECY  WILL  COME  TO  PASS!

IF  GOD  ALLOWS  ENOUGH  TIME  FOR  NATIONS [WELL  THE  BIG  10]  TO  CURB  CLIMATE  CHANGE,  HE  WILL  ALLOW  THEM  TIME.

THEN  AGIAN  COULD  BE  GOD  WILL  BRING  THE  END  TIME  PROPHECIES  INTO  FRUITION  VIA  A  MASSIVE  BREAKDOWN  IN  THE  CLIMATE,  WHERE  SOME  NATIONS [OR  GROUP  OF  NATIONS]  FIND   IT  JUSTIFIED  TO  OBLITERATE  OTHER  NATIONS.

THE  FALSE  PROPHET  AND  HIS  EMPIRE  OF  THE  BOOK  OF  REVELATION,  WILL  SAY  THEY  ARE  OBLITERATING  CERTAIN  NATIONS  IN  THE  NAME  OF  GOD,  DOING  THE  LORD’S  WILL,  AND  WILL  DECEIVE  HUNDREDS  OF  MILLIONS.

HOWEVER  IT  COMES  TO  BE,  IT  WILL  ALL  PLAY  OUT  TO  BRING  TO  PASS  END-TIME  PROPHECY,  THOSE  PROPHECIES  WILL  HAPPEN  EITHER  WAY.

THIS  WORLD,  SAD  FOR  ME  TO  SAY,  IS  HEADING  FOR  MASS  DESTRUCTION….SO  MUCH  SO  JESUS  IN  MATTHEW  24  SAID,  UNLESS  IT  WOULD  BE  CUT  SHORT  NO  FLESH  WOULD  REMAIN  ALIVE  ON  THIS  PLANET!

I  HAVE  TO  TELL  YOU,  BECAUSE  GOD  SAYS  IF  A  PROPHET  KNOWS  WHAT  LIES  AHEAD  FOR  THE  NATIONS  OF  THIS  EARTH,  AND  DOES  NOT  SHOUT  OUT  THE  WARNING,   THE  BLOOD  SPILT  WILL  BE  REQUIRED  OF  THAT  PROPHET.

THEN  GOD  SAYS  THE  OTHER  SIDE  OF  IT  ALL,  IF  THE  PROPHET  SHOUTS  OUT  AND  PEOPLE,  NATIONS  WILL  NOT  HEAR,  THEN  AT  LEAST  THE  PROPHET  HAS  DONE  HIS  JOB.

SO  ONCE  MORE  HERE  ON  THIS  WEBSITE  [AS  WELL  AS  ON  MY  YOUTUBE  CHANNEL]  I  SHOUT  OUT  TO  YOU——  GOD  WILL  CHANGE  HIS  MIND  IF  THE  NATIONS  WILL  REPENT  OF  SIN,  TURN  AROUND  AND  OBEY  THE  LIVING  ETERNAL  GOD,  BY  KEEPING  HIS  COMMANDMENTS!

I  MUST  SAY,  IT  DOES  NOT  LOOK  GOOD  AT  ALL,  THAT  THIS  WILL  HAPPEN!

BUT  YOU  CAN  ADMIT  WHAT  SIN  IS,  AND  TURN  AWAY  FROM  IT,  REPENT  AND  SERVE  THE  TRUE  GOD  IN  SPIRIT  AND  IN  TRUTH.  SERVE  THE  LORD  GOD  IN  OBEYING  HIS  COMMANDMENTS!

YOU  CAN  YET  HAVE  TIME  TO  TAKE  JESUS  CHRIST  AS  YOUR  VERY  PERSONAL  SAVIOR!

ALL  ABOUT  SIN,  REPENTANCE,  FAITH,  SALVATION,  CAN  BE  FOUND  IN  DETAILED  ARTICLES  UNDER  THE  “SALVATION”  SECTION  OF  MY  WEBSITE [keithhunt.com]

I  PRAY  YOU  WILL  TAKE  THE  TIME  TO  STUDY  THOSE  ARTICLES,  COME  UNDER  THE  GRACE  OF  GOD,  AND  BE  ONE  OF  HIS  TRUE  CHILDREN  THAT  WILL  INHERIT  ETERNAL  LIFE,  AT  THE  COMING  OF  CHRIST  JESUS  TO  ESTABLISH  THE  KINGDOM  OF  GOD  ON  EARTH.

……….

Friday, September 20, 2019

DARN-GOOD....DANDELIONS !


AS  A  KID  GROWING  UP  IN  ENGLAND  THERE  WAS  A  DRINK  CALLED  "DANDELION  AND  BURDOCK"----  SUPER  GOOD  IT  WAS - Keith Hunt


Dandelions Are Not Weeds! Top 10 Health Benefits of Dandelion

Jun 4, 2019 Carly Fraser 



People spray their lawns to get rid of it, while others use it to heal their body of numerous ailments. What could it be? Well, dandelions of course!
Whether your eat or juice the greens, indulge in the honey-flavoured flowers or steep some dandelion root tea, this herb is pure magic!
The health benefits of dandelion include bone and skin health, help with liver and urinary disorders, acne, jaundice, diabetes, cancer and anemia.
The only problem is, is that most people are killing the very plant that could be helping them. Dandelions are not a pesky weed, and should be utilized to their full advantage!

Dandelions Are Not Weeds

Only in the twentieth century did humans decide that the dandelion was a weed. Before the invention of perfectly manicured lawns, dandelions were more less praised as a natural medicine, food source and out-right magic. Back in the day, grass was dug out to make room for the dandelions – just imagine!



According to the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, “The use of dandelions in the healing arts goes so far back that tracing its history is like trying to catch a dandelion seed as it floats over the grass. For millennia, dandelion tonics have been used to help the body’s filter, the liver, remove toxins from the bloodstream. In olden times, dandelions were prescribed for every ailment from warts to the plague. To this day, herbalists hail the dandelion as the perfect plant medicine: It is a gentle diuretic that provides nutrients and helps the digestive system function at peak efficiency.”
Dandelions are also good for your lawn. Their roots break through hard-packed soil to help aerate the earth and help reduce erosion. Their deep taproots pull up calcium and other nutrients from the depths of the soil, making them available to other plants. These nutrients actually help fertilize the soil, improving the quality of grass and other surrounding plants.
The less we focus on dandelion as being a “weed”, the more we can appreciate what this plant truly is – a natural medicine that can actually help treat many ailments we see today.

Top 10 Health Benefits of Dandelion

Dandelions are a green and growing first aid kit! Their ability to heal and nourish the body from the inside out make them one plant you definitely do not want to get rid of this summer. There’s a reason dried dandelion root is so expensive.
Here are 10 of the most important health benefits of dandelion:

Stronger Bones

Dandelions are calcium-rich, which is the main element required for the growth of strong, healthy bones. They are also high in antioxidants like Luteolin and Vitamin C, which protect from loss of bone density and bone weakening (1).

Liver Health

One of the greatest benefits of dandelion is it’s effect on our liver. Dandelion improves liver function by removing toxins, encouraging bile flow, and re-establishing hydration and electrolyte balance (2).

Diabetes

Dandelion helps stimulate the pancreas to produce insulin, and helps regulate blood sugar levels. It is also a natural diuretic, and thus encourages urination. What does this have to do with diabetes? It helps remove excess sugar and salt from the body, and reduces sugar build-up in the kidneys (thus helping reduce the risk of renal problems in diabetics) (3).

  • Urinary Health
As mentioned above, dandelions are a great natural diuretic, and so they help eliminate toxic build-up in the kidneys and urinary tract. The anti-microbial properties of dandelion also prevent bacterial growth in the urinary system, which is great for individuals suffering from recurring urinary tract infections (UTIs) (4).

Better Skin

Dandelion is an excellent detoxifier and antioxidant, making it one of the best herbal remedies for treating acne and other skin problems like psoriasis and eczema. It helps purify the blood, and improves liver function, both of which result in beautiful, glowing skin. The major chlorophyll content in dandelion greens is also a win-win for skin health.

Cancer

Another important use for dandelion is its powerful effects against cancer. Many studies have found that dandelion root extract is effective against the treatment of leukaemia and breast cancer. It acts by inducing apoptosis in leukaemia cells, while leaving healthy cells alone. It also has a positive impact against cancer cells that are resistant to chemotherapy.

A 2011 Canadian study found skin cancer cells treated with dandelion root extract started dying off within just 48 hours of treatment. Dandelion root has also been shown to be effective against pancreatic cancer and prostate cancer.

Jaundice

Thanks to the liver-healing abilities of dandelion, it also helps with jaundice, a disorder of the liver, where it overproduces bile and messes with the body’s metabolism. Dandelion helps regulate bile production, and also promotes urination, helping to get rid of excess bile (5).

Gall Bladder Disorders

Dandelion leaf is great for stimulating a sluggish gallbladder (the organ that stores and excretes bile as the body needs it). Gallstones can even be flushed out by using a combination of dandelion and milk thistle.

Digestive Issues

Dandelion contains mucilage and inulin (6), which soothe the digestive tract and make food processing easier. It is also a great source of dietary fibre, which is crucial for proper intestinal health and improving gut flora. If you suffer from constipation or diarrhea, eat some dandelion greens!

Circulatory Health

The high levels of iron, B-vitamins and protein in dandelion make it a perfect food to eat if you suffer from anemia or other blood-related disorders. Dandelion is also a natural diuretic, so it helps lower blood pressure by getting rid of excess salt in the body. The fibre in dandelion is also helpful in reducing cholesterol, which we all know is an integral part of maintaining a healthy circulatory system.

How to Use Dandelion

Dandelion can be utilized in all its forms. Whether you want to use the flower and leafy greens in your salad, or steep a body-warming tea with the root, you can receive so many benefits from the plant!
Here are some options for including dandelion in your day-to-day life:

– Harvest dandelion, clean the roots, dry them in a dehydrator and then make a tea out of them. Alternatively, you can steep dandelion root tea from a bag, but this is much more expensive.
– Harvest dandelion greens and stick them in a juicer for a major liver-cleansing “juice shot”.
– Add some dandelion flowers to your salad or to garnish another meal.
– Make a dandelion green salad mixed with other tender leafy greens to offset the bitters with more bland flavours and textures.
There are so many ways you can enjoy the benefits of dandelions. What are some ways you’ve utilized dandelion in your life? Let me know in the comments below!

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Constipation During Pregnancy: Causes, Risks, And Remedies


Can’t remember the last time you went number two? Are you feeling gassy, bloated, and clogged up? You might just be constipated.
But don’t worry, mama, you’re not alone.
Constipation is a common complaint among pregnant women. It could even be one of the first signs that you’re expecting. But, that doesn’t mean you have to suffer. There are some things you can do to help get things moving and stay regular again.
In this post, we will cover the causes, risks, and remedies of constipation during pregnancy. We’ll even let you know which over-the-counter meds are considered safe to take. 

What Causes Constipation In Pregnancy?

Constipation can be quite unpleasant, but unfortunately extremely common during pregnancy – some reports say up to 44% of women experience it (source). As your belly gets bigger the pressure of your growing uterus on your rectum only exacerbates the issue.
There are a number of reasons that could be the cause of your pregnancy constipation.
It might even be a combination of them:
  • Progesterone levels: What can’t you blame on hormones? Progesterone levels are elevated during pregnancy, and this hormone is known to relax the muscles in the digestive tract, causing food to pass slowly through the intestines (source).
  • Iron supplements: Although iron is an important nutrient during pregnancy, constipation can be a side effect of getting too much. Iron supplements are notorious for causing GI upsets, so you may need to speak with your midwife or doctor about switching to a prenatal vitamin with less iron. They might also suggest you change the iron supplement, the dose or how often you take it. Make sure you follow the instructions because anemia is very common in pregnancy and can be a cause of health issues for mom and her baby (source). Always communicate any side-effects you might experience with your healthcare provider.
  • Dehydration: Pregnancy makes you more prone to dehydration, as your body is using more water to help form the placenta and amniotic sac. If you’re dehydrated, your body struggles to perform routine functions, and it can even lead to some severe complications.
  • Lack of activity: As your belly gets bigger, it can become harder to stay active, or at least stay motivated, which is important for keeping you regular.
  • Stress: Pregnancy can be a stressful time, especially as you get closer and closer to your due date. Your brain and your gut talk back and forth, and stress can start holding everything up. Try to avoid worrying too much, as this can affect movement too.
  • Growing uterus: Your uterus grows and grows and it pressures your rectum, especially late in the pregnancy. This compression can interfere with your bowel movement.
There’s also a chance your constipation may not be pregnancy-related at all and could be due to a low-fiber diet, too much dairy, or a new medication.
Some foods you should stay away from if you are suffering from constipation include bananas, fried foods, potato chips, red meat, white bread, white rice, white pasta, and dairy products.

Can Constipation Be Harmful To My Baby?

Constipation isn’t usually a cause for concern during pregnancy, but occasionally it can be a symptom of another problem. Be sure to call your OB or midwife if you have constipation accompanied by severe abdominal pain, alternating with diarrhea, or if you pass any blood or mucus.
As long as you’re not in labor, straining to pass a bowel movement should not hurt you or your baby. It could cause or worsen hemorrhoids, which are uncomfortable, but nothing to be overly concerned about.
This increase in pressure, like you feel like you have to pass a bowel movement, could be associated with contractions though.
Listen To Your Body
So, if you’re less than 37 weeks and you’re noticing this pressure along with lower abdominal cramping, lower backache, or abdominal tightening, be sure to go in and get checked for preterm labor.

10 Constipation Remedies

If you find yourself having difficulty going to the toilet, you may need to try these ten pregnancy-safe home remedies to get things moving again.
  1. Plenty of Fluids: Drinking lots of water throughout the day will help flush things through. Make sure you’re getting at least ten 8-ounce glasses of water a day to replace lost fluids. This can even help with constipation caused by taking iron supplements. If it’s hot outside or if your activity level is high – you should take more fluids correspondingly.
  2. Get Moving: Moving helps things get moving! Walking, swimming and yoga are all great exercises for your pregnant body.
  3. Warm Bath: A nice warm soak will help relax your stomach muscles and will encourage stools to move through. A nice warm soak will help relax you and your stomach muscles and will encourage stools to move through.
  4. Increase Fiber Intake: High-fiber foods help remove undigested food from your intestines and into the toilet. Broccoli, berries, beans, brown rice, and green leafy vegetables all work wonders to help you go.
  5. Drink Lemon Water: Take the juice from half a lemon, mix it into a glass of water, and drink before you go to bed. The water helps soften the stool, and the lemon has a high acidic content, which works on the GI tract to get things moving (source).
  6. Eat ‘P’ Foods: Many ‘P’ foods contain sorbitol, which acts as a laxative. Pears, prunes, peaches, peas, and pumpkin all work great for remedying constipation. I would drink a glass of prune juice when I would get backed up when I was pregnant with baby No. 2, and it worked every time.
  7. Up Your Vitamin C: High doses of vitamin C are known to attract water into your intestinal tract and soften your stool. . Be sure not to go over 2,000 milligrams per day though, including your prenatal vitamin. That’s the upper limit, but latest recommendations suggest that pregnant women older than 18 should take 85 mg of vitamin C per day (source). New research points against routine vitamin C supplementation unless advised by your healthcare provider (source). Rather, you should try eating foods that are high in vitamin C, like broccoli, bell peppers, and strawberries.
  8. Add in Some Probiotics: The probiotic strains of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium encourage healthy bowels and help regulate the digestive system. Yogurt and kefir are both great options for adding in some healthy gut bacteria to your diet. And guess another natural source of probiotics? Pickles!
  9. Magnesium-rich Foods: Magnesium directs water to the intestines, makes the stools softer and easier to pass. Be sure you’re getting 350 milligrams per day by eating magnesium-rich foods, such as dark chocolate, spinach, nuts, and fish (source).
  10. Use a Squatty Potty: The angle makes all the difference when it comes to pooping, and the squatty potty puts your body into a squatting position that helps prevent straining, constipation, and even hemorrhoids. Plus, it also helps you with getting ready to push during labor!
Continue to drink lots of fluids, stay active, and consume foods with fiber, probiotics, and magnesium throughout your pregnancy. These are vital for a healthy pregnancy and will help prevent your constipation from returning.
You’ll be happy to know that those prenatal vitamins you are taking can also help with constipation, especially folic acid. You can also enjoy the benefits of the vitamin B complex, and vitamin B5, in particular, can help not only with constipation but also with those annoying leg cramps. You can get it from egg yolks, whole grains, avocado, sweet potato, sunflower seeds, broccoli (source).
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Are There Any OTC Medications I Can Take?

If home remedies aren’t working for you, you may need to talk with your doctor or midwife about trying a laxative or stool softener.
Here are some over-the-counter medications that are generally considered safe to take during pregnancy and your provider may suggest (source):
  • Colace (docusate sodium): Your doctor might have you try a stool softener, like Colace, first before turning to laxatives. The active ingredient in stool softeners is minimally absorbed by the body, so there is very little chance it could pass to or harm your baby in any way.
  • Milk of Magnesia (magnesium hydroxide): This is a mild laxative you may need to try if a stool softener alone doesn’t do the trick. Milk of Magnesia may have a yucky taste, but it works like a charm for many expecting moms.
  • Metamucil (psyllium): Metamucil is another safe option your provider may suggest. It is a bulk-producing laxative that draws water into the stools, making them softer and easier to pass. It’s also used as a fiber supplement.
Bisacodyl (Dulcolax) and senna are both stimulant laxatives that have been found to be safe in pregnancy. Because they are stimulants, though, they can cause abdominal cramps and diarrhea and can lead to dehydration. Some recommendations state that bisacodyl should be avoided during the first trimester. Senna should be taken with caution, and only if your doctor recommends. (source). Always make sure to talk with your healthcare provider before taking any OTC medications during pregnancy.
Note that some natural constipation remedies, supplements or OTC products can make you bloated, cause cramping or diarrhea. Make sure you let your doctor know of any symptoms you might experience while taking any of these.
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What Medications Should I Avoid?

Always be sure to avoid polyethylene glycol and magnesium citrate while expecting, as these could possibly harm your baby.
Castor oil must also be avoided, as it can cause irregular and painful contractions, which can be stressful on mom and baby, and possibly even lead to labor. It may also cause your baby to pass meconium before delivery, which often leads to complications after birth (source).
Play It Safe
Make sure you do not overuse laxatives. Overuse could lead to diarrhea and dehydration, which in turn could cause serious complications for you and your baby.

Combat Your Constipation

Being backed up is rather unpleasant, yet a fairly common occurrence for many expecting moms, thanks to hormones, stress, and sometimes iron supplements. Straining from constipation can be uncomfortable and cause hemorrhoids, but generally isn’t a cause for concern during pregnancy.
Try taking a warm bath, upping your vitamin C, and eating some prunes, pears, and papayas to try to get things moving again. Staying hydrated, eating high fiber foods, exercising, and adding some probiotics into your diet will help to keep you regular.
But don’t be embarrassed to talk to your doctor or health care provider if things don’t seem to be improving.
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