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I am pregnant and my stool is very dark. Is that normal?

I am pregnant and my stool is very dark. Is that normal?

It can be: Often, pregnant women may be prescribed medication, such as iron supplements which may change the appearance of the stool. Also reassess your dietary habits. Dark foods can cause this, too. "dark, tarry" stools can be an idicator of blood in the stool. See your md if this is a persistent problem & you can't identify any obvious cause. A simple test can be performed in the office or at home. ...Read more

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Are frequent urination and feces symptoms of pregnancy?

Are frequent urination and feces symptoms of pregnancy?

No: One symptom of pregnancy is frequent urination. Not so with bowel movements. The symptom is associated with known pregnancy, it would be unlikely to have it as the presenting symptom. ...Read more

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I'm pregnant. My dog rolled in cat feces and then scratched himself causing hair to fly everywhere. Can I catch toxoplasmosis by inhaling hair/dust?

I'm pregnant. My dog rolled in cat feces and then scratched himself causing hair to fly everywhere. Can I catch toxoplasmosis by inhaling hair/dust?

Extremely unlikely: That sounds like an incredibly unlikely wait to catch toxoplasmosis. Simply wash your hands and it won't be an issue. Toxoplasmosis is transmitted by ingestion not inhalation. ...Read more

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I have been having sharp cramping off and on in my LUQ for over a week now. Today, my stool is very dark, almost black, normal consistency. Emergent?

I have been having sharp cramping off and on in my LUQ for over a week now. Today, my stool is very dark, almost black, normal consistency. Emergent?

Go to ER: Black stool is often referred to as melena, a scientific term for blood after it has been digested in the G.I. tract. It is often a sign of ongoing internal bleeding. It is often soft and very foul smelling, but it is difficult to tell whether blood is present in a black stool without having a test performed. You should be seen ASAP. Don't delay. Good luck. ...Read more

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18 weeks pregnant and the areola on breast are very dark, is that normal?

18 weeks pregnant and the areola on breast are very dark, is that normal?

Yes: Increased pigmentation in various areas is common and normal. It will fade again 2 or 3 months after delivery. ...Read more

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Is dark brown stool normal?

Is dark brown stool normal?

Yes: The dark brown color of stool is from red cell breakdown--this is normal. ...Read more

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Is dark brown stool with lots of red dots normal?

Is dark brown stool with lots of red dots normal?

You're bleeding: Gi bleeding can be without warning, brisk, & originate anywhere in the gut (from esophagus, stomach, to rectum. Don't hesitate to seek urgent evaluation/care especially if lightheaded, dizzy, weak. Sources of particular concern: bleeding stomach ulcers, ischemic colitis, infectious colitis, inflammatory bowel disease. Get right to a doctor, &consider stopping any non-prescribed NSAID drugs now. ...Read more

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I am pregnant and have dark circles as well as dizziness. Is this normal?

I am pregnant and have dark circles as well as dizziness. Is this normal?

Pregnant: Dizziness might occur - insure you are well hydrated. If dizziness is significant - you should seek medical assessment. As for dark circles - that is not a classic pregnancy symptom. ...Read more

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Just found out that I am pregnant 4 weeks is it normal to see darker urine?

Just found out that I am pregnant 4 weeks is it normal to see darker urine?

Pregnancy does not: Alter urine color unless you are having excessive nausea and vomiting and having trouble staying hydrated. ...Read more

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Very dark brown stool. Normal consistency. 2 times in past week. Normal? How normal are very dark brown stools?

Get checked: Stool color is generally due to diet and to the bile (yellowish-green fluid that aids in digestion) secreted from your guts. Bile + food is altered by enzymes that changes food from yellow to brown. While your diet/medications can play a large role in stool color, get checked if the dark brown borders on black. ...Read more

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11 weeks 5 days preg. I have very dark hard stools and consterpation is this normal and can I take something for it?

11 weeks 5 days preg. I have very dark hard stools and consterpation is this normal and can I take something for it?

The hormones: Related to pregnancy, as well as the iron in some prenatal vitamins can lead to constipation. This is common. For immediate relief, use a laxative, such as milk of magnesia, (magnesium hydroxide) or an enema or suppository. For maintenance, use stool softeners once or twice daily as needed. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Keep your obgyn in the loop. Take care. ...Read more

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I had beets in my salad two days ago and for two days now my stools have had a dark pink stain seeping out, is this normal?

I had beets in my salad two days ago and for two days now my stools have had a dark pink stain seeping out, is this normal?

Yes: What you described is not a cause for concern.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Since starting iron, stool is darker and consistency is different. Is darker, stickier stool normal after starting iron pills?

Since starting iron, stool is darker and consistency is different. Is darker, stickier stool normal after starting iron pills?

Yes: Taking iron supplements usually makes the stool darker in color, sometimes even approaching black. It is of no concern unless the stool is black and tarry, which can be a sign of internal bleeding. Good luck. ...Read more

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My wife's Is 8 weeks pregnant and her areolas were getting darker, overnight they have gone back to normal colour is that normal?

My wife's Is 8 weeks pregnant and her areolas were getting darker, overnight they have gone back to normal colour is that normal?

Doesn't sound: Like anything to be worried about. Her body will go through many changes during pregnancy, try to relax and help her do the same. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have dark stools? Not tarry or bloody looking- just dark. Sometimes fully dark, sometimes also with normal brown stool.

You are what you eat: If the dark stool is not related to blood, then it most likely is related to what you are eating. Big offenders include blueberries, beets, spinach and licorice. ...Read more

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For the past two months, my stools have gone from dark brown to a sand color brown despite what I eat. Lab work normal. Should I be concerned?

For the past two months, my stools have gone from dark brown to a sand color brown despite what I eat. Lab work normal. Should I be concerned?

It's a concern, but,: Unless symptoms are bad, t's not an emergency. Bile produced by the liver is the primary pigment that makes stool dark brown. Absence of bile (this can be confirmed with a stool specimen) usually indicates a problem with the drainage system of the gall bladder, pancreas or liver. Blood tests may be normal. Further imaging may be needed to determine the cause. Best wishes. Dr. Anne. ...Read more

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From A week I hav very dark colored stool almost black mixed with normal color (very less), Also taking tablet of iron 100mg. Shud I b concerned?

From A week I hav very dark colored stool almost black mixed with normal color (very less), Also taking tablet of iron 100mg. Shud I b concerned?

Iron: Tablet can cause this discoloration. So if you noticed this after you started the iron. I would not be concerned. Talk to your doctor about your findings. Just to make them aware ...Read more

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While pregnant is it normal to have a lightesh yellow discharge sometimes darker? Had clamidhya got it taken care of though should I get retested?

While pregnant is it normal to have a lightesh yellow discharge sometimes darker? Had clamidhya got it taken care of though should I get retested?

See a Doctor: Yellow Discharge is not specific. It may be bacterial vaginosis. Since you had Chlamydia in the past, it is best to get rechecked. You will need to be checked for Trichomonas and other sexually transmitted infections as well. Good Luck! ...Read more

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Last periods were on 15th but this month on 25th and of dark brown color and dry and also it lasts for 5 days n till now also. Its pregnancy or normal?

Last periods were on 15th but this month on 25th and of dark brown color and dry and also it lasts for 5 days n till now also. Its pregnancy or normal?

Irregular periods: Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections ; hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test. There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit. ...Read more

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Is it normal for stools to look darker before they hit the water? I swear, mine look almost black at first. (but I also notice lots of reddish brown mucus around submerged stool so maybe that's why?)

R/O GI bleeding: Black stools may result from eating black
licorice, lead exposure, iron pills, bismuth
(pepto-bismol), blueberries. Otherwise,
work up for gastro-intestinal bleeding ; treatment of the cause is indicated. ...Read more

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Should someone's stool be hard balls instead of fluid-like? I normally don't pay attention to this, but over the past few mos. My stool is coming out as dark brown to black balls. It no longer is fluid. I consider myself to eat a healthy diet, exercise ve

Should someone's stool be hard balls instead of fluid-like? I normally don't pay attention to this, but over the past few mos. My stool is coming out as dark brown to black balls. It no longer is fluid. I consider myself to eat a healthy diet, exercise ve

Hello.: Hello. Black, sticky, smelly bowel movements can be caused melena which is due to gastrointestinal bleeding. Hard balls of stool can be due to constipation and can mean that there is not suffiecient fiber or liquid intake as well as insufficient exercise. Some medications like peptobismal can also give you black bowel movements. Based on the info provided you can decide whether or not you should be evaluated. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a dark brown or black color in my stool?

Possibly not: Black tarry, malodorous stool can be due to blood in bowel movements. Stool may also turn black if one takes iron pills or bismuth medications. A stool guiac can distinguish if there is blood in stool or not. ...Read more

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