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Doctor insights on: 3 Bowel Movements A Day

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I'm 33 and started having 3 bowel movements a day a few months ago? I haven't changed anything in routine or diet. What would cause this?

I'm 33 and started having 3 bowel movements a day a few months ago? I haven't changed anything in routine or diet. What would cause this?

Please check w/a: gastroenterologist but also consider your emotional state. If your body chemistry is faster these days due to stress it can be a contributing factor. The GI system is sometimes called "the second brain" and responds to emotion.

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My 8 year old daughter, whom suffers from constipation, has been having 2-3 bowel movements a day for several days. Bright green BM's. This morning aw?

My 8 year old daughter, whom suffers from constipation, has been having 2-3 bowel movements a day for several days. Bright green BM's. This morning aw?

Bowel Patterns: The green color of the BM should not be a concern, that could be cause to whatever is on her diet (vegetables or either candies with colorant). Per the description I'll will consider this to be normal stool pattern. Take a look at the table attach, If your daughter stool is between 1 and 2 then increase fiber intake and talk to your doctor to add some medication regimen.

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I'm having a full colonoscopy i make 3 bowel movements a day straining doctor is to flush me out check for cancer how do they flesh you out?

I'm having a full colonoscopy i make 3 bowel movements a day straining doctor is to flush me out check for cancer how do they flesh you out?

Prescription: You will be given likely a prescription laxative to drink and instructions on a clear liquid diet to use the day before the procedure. Ask your gastroenterologist what they use.

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I occasional have 3 bowel movements a day, not much comes out each time. Multiple Blood, stool test NEG ibd, parasite etc. More likely ibs?

I occasional have 3 bowel movements a day, not much comes out each time. Multiple Blood, stool test NEG ibd, parasite etc. More likely ibs?

Possibly IBS.: These symptoms don't sound worrisome, unless this is a distinct change your bowel habits. For it to be IBS, the symptoms would have to persist for six months or longer. If the change in your bowel habits persists, or if you see any blood in your stool, or if you have unexplained weight loss, I would contact your doctor immediately. Otherwise, I would recommend a high-fiber diet. Hope this helps.

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Had 2/3 watery bowel movements a day for 4 days now along with nausea. No vomiting. Felt hot a few times. Does this sound like a bug?

Had 2/3 watery bowel movements a day for 4 days now along with nausea. No vomiting. Felt hot a few times. Does this sound like a bug?

Gastroenteritis.: This could be gastroenteritis, or a stomach bug. As such, it should really be resolving in a day or two. As well, if you've taken an antibiotic within the past week or two, this watery diarrhea could be a form of infectious colitis. If you don't improve by tomorrow, seek medical attention locally.

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Past few days been having about 2-3 loose bowel movements a day with cramping, should I be concern or normal phase of pregnancy 31 weeks today?

Past few days been having about 2-3 loose bowel movements a day with cramping, should I be concern or normal phase of pregnancy 31 weeks today?

Normal: Bowel irregularity in the last trimester of pregnancy is very common. Your baby's growth pushes on your intestines and can cause both constipation and diarrea, nothing needs to be done about this.

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In the morning I feel the need to pass a bowel movement. I also have 3-5 other bowel movements the day. I think I have ibs. How to reduce morning poop?

Diet/fiber/exam: certainly add fiber to your diet and avoid any laxative use. Cereals, fresh fruit and vegetables with lots of water. Metamucil, bran and oatmeal are excellent sources of fiber. I suggest a GI exam and evaluation.

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38weeks pregnant. Bad tummy ache, constant bowel movements 3/4 times a day, nausea, and gassy. What can be the cause of this?

38weeks pregnant. Bad tummy ache, constant bowel movements 3/4 times a day, nausea, and gassy. What can be the cause of this?

See doctor: This could be symptoms of a number of things including gastroenteritis (stomach bug), pre-eclampsia, labor, placental complications, or nothing special at all. I would encourage you to bee seen and evaluated.

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2nd pregnancy, lots of pressure in vagina/rectum, more frequent urination, more frequent bowel movements (3+/day) occ. Contracts. & cramps.Labor soon?

2nd pregnancy, lots of pressure in vagina/rectum, more frequent urination, more frequent bowel movements (3+/day) occ. Contracts. & cramps.Labor soon?

Not necessarily: Without more information it's hard to answer the question. How many weeks are you? If you are past 34 weeks, these can be common symptoms that are not of great concern, and not necessarily indicative of imminent labor. In general, unless you are having pains that stop you from doing things occurring every 5 minutes or closer, these are likely braxton-hicks type contractions, not true labor.

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I have bowel movements two or three times a day. Sometimes my stomach hurts and there not hard but mushy light brown. Do I need more water in me?

I have bowel movements two or three times a day.  Sometimes my stomach hurts and there not hard but mushy light brown.  Do I need more water in me?

Your stool pattern: ...alone is not the determiner of your hydrational status, so I'm sorry we cannot accurately comment further as to the adequacy of your water intake versus requirements based on the limited provided data.

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Hi I have bowel movements every other day when I use to go three times a day and when I go its dark green and sometimes it floats. Ct hida scan normal?

Hi I have bowel movements every other day when I use to go three times a day and when I go its dark green and sometimes it floats. Ct hida scan normal?

Possible other cause: Have you changed your diet? Changes in consistency of BM can also be due to what we eat. Do you have any abdominal pain? If you got a CT HIDA I am assuming you are seeing a physician, and I would encourage you to advocate for further laboratory tests to make sure your pancreas is also healthy. Drink water, fruits/veggies, and decrease fat intake to see if this makes a difference as well.

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What causes bowel movements in the morning if cycle is three days late?

What causes bowel movements in the morning if cycle is three days late?

No Correlation: Sorry.....there is generally NOT a correlation between BM's and periods. Now, eating a bigger breakfast, or a fattier one, can cause a gastrocolic reflex, that MAKES your body want to have a BM after eating, but other than that...no real connection.

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What to do if I have not had a bowel movement in more than three weeks!?

What to do if I have not had a bowel movement in more than three weeks!?

Rule out obstruction: Sounds like an abdominal series to rule out an intestinal blockage or ileus is next needed.

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What to do if i haven't had a bowel movement in three days. What should I do?

What to do if i haven't had a bowel movement in three days. What should I do?

See below: Eat more fiber, walk daily, drink 6-8 glasses of water a day, avoid processed foods. For now try MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) 17 g daily for the next few days, may also need a dulcolax suppository. If chronic constipation persists, get a GI evaluation.

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What does it mean if you have black bowel movements? Have not had a bowel movement in three days

What does it mean if you have black bowel movements? Have not had a bowel movement in three days

Hello. : Hello. You could have black stool if you are taking certain medications/ supplements like pepto bismal or iron. If you have tarry, sticky, smelling stool that is black, it is likely to be gastrointestinal bleeding and needs evaluation.

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Feel no need to have a bowel movement after three days. Have fibre and do eat a little less than normal but lots of water. Is it normal or ok?

Feel no need to have a bowel movement after three days. Have fibre and do eat a little less than normal but lots of water. Is it normal or ok?

Bowel movements: usually we like bowel movements every 1-2 days about 3 /week. Make sure you are eating enough fiber-oats, barley,lentils,avocados, strawberries, kale,peas, black beans ,lima beans - you need 38 grams /day, and as you noted lots of fluid- 2-4 liters a day..Check thyroid.Follow up with doctor /urgent care.

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How often should my 10 month old have a bowel movement? She is breastfed. She goes about once every three days. Just concerned!

How often should my 10 month old have a bowel movement? She is breastfed. She goes about once every three days. Just concerned!

Varies: 1 bowel movement every 3 days is normal as long as her stool appears normal and she is gaining weight. Breast feed babies have a huge variation in normal. Some breast fed babies pass 1 stool a week and some with every diaper change. All the best.

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