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A 24-year-old female asked:

i'm 28 weeks pregnant. is it normal to have a dramatic change in bowel movements? i was having 1 every 2-3 days. this week it's 2-3 everyday.

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Ask OBGYN: I'd say that it makes sense. Especially if they are of normal consistency, color and not associated w/ pain or other discomfort I'd not worry. But do ask your OBGYN at your next exam. Don't forget, there's a lot less room inside there now for storage.Congrats!
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Still normal range: The average American's bowel frequency is 1 every 3-4 days ranging to 3 per day. Pregnancy has many physiologic effects, including some involving the gut. However, if any doubt, a call to your doctor is in order since he knows what medicines you're taking & what underlying medical conditions you have, that may be contributory here.

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Last updated Oct 15, 2017

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