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A 25-year-old female asked:

35 weeks pregnant and been having soft/loose stools but not like diarrhea?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Likely normal: Pregnancy induces a number of changes and one may be some change in bowel habits. Wish you good health and a healthy baby!
Dr. Cynthia Palabrica
Obstetrics and Gynecology 33 years experience
Stools: As you prepare for labor there is an increase in prostaglandin. This aids in smooth muscle contractions. Your bowel is also smooth muscle and this increase causes the smooth muscle of your bowel to contract more. Therefore your stools are softer.

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Last updated Jul 8, 2017

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