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Is a black bowel movement a pregnancy symptom?

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Black stools: Black stools is never a pregnancy "symptom". One cause, if formed, is extra iron in the diet. If loose and sticky like tar, it's caused by intestinal bleeding which signals an urgent visit to your doctor..

Answered 8/24/2013

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias answered

Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine

NO!: Melena can be an indication of significant bleeding in your digestive tract - pregnancy is not supposed to do that! go to the emergency room asap to investigate this further!

Answered 1/2/2013

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