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Doctor insights on: Bowel Movements During Third Trimester Of Pregnancy

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What kind of bowel movements are common during third trimester of pregnancy?

What kind of bowel movements are common during third trimester of pregnancy?

Constipation: Constipation is very common in pregnancy. The more you strain the more likely you are to get hemorrhoids. You should aim to have at least 1 soft bowel movement almost every day. ...Read more

Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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Is it normal to have uncontrolled bowel movements in your third trimester? If so, why?

Is it normal to have uncontrolled bowel movements in your third trimester? If so, why?

No: I wouldn't say that it's normal to have uncontrolled bowel movements. There can definitely be a lot more pressure on the rack them in the third trimester due to the position of the babies head. Definitely mom's express that they feel like they don't have as much time to get to the bathroom. Uncontrolled implies loss of sphincter control or an autonomic nerve problem discuss with your doctor in greater detail. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have an increase in bowel movement during second trimester?

Is it normal to have an increase in bowel movement during second trimester?

Depends on person. : Lots of women actually get constipated during pregnancy, exacerbated by hemorrhoids. An increase in bowel movements isn't necessarily a cause for alarm or something abnormal. ...Read more

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Is it normal to cramp a little bit during pregnancy(6w2d). Usually goes away when i empty my bladder or have a bowel movement. No bleeding. Hb visible?

Cramps : Many women have cramps and pregnancy. In your case it sounds like it may be related to your bowel function. Perhaps taking MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) every day would help. Make sure you're getting prenatal care and have had a visit with the doctor to make sure you have a normal healthy pregnancy. ...Read more

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I just found out that I am pregnant. I have not had a bowel movement in a week And I am in pain. What is safe to take to help me go during pregnancy?

I just found out that I am pregnant. I have not had a bowel movement in a week And I am in pain. What is safe to take to help me go during pregnancy?

Several options: You can take Peri-colace or Senokot, (senna) both are brand names for docusate sodium. And of course see your provider for a complete prenatal exam. Colace can be used as a stool softener. Eat foods with fiber such as fruits and vegetables. ...Read more

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Vaginal spotting with bowel movements first trimester?

Vaginal spotting with bowel movements first trimester?

Stool straining?: Are you straining(Valsalva maneuver) at the stool to have a bowel movement? If so, it could be hemorrhoids as an alternative to vaginal spotting. If you are doing the Valsalva maneuver regularly, it may also be producing the vaginal spotting as well. Constipation is quite common during pregnancy and your OB MD can give you advice about solutions when he/she is seen at an appointment. ...Read more

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Is a bowel movement a sign of pregnancy?

Is a bowel movement a sign of pregnancy?

No: Classic pregnancy sxs begin when period is missed or thereafter (6-8 wks). Sx’s can include: tender /swollen breasts, nausea or vomiting; lack of period; ^ frequency of urination; headaches, insomnia, fatigue. Moodiness, mild cramping, food cravings ; aversions; passing gas; enlarging waist line ; ^ white, milky vaginal discharge. Take pregnancy test to know. ...Read more

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Is a black bowel movement a pregnancy symptom?

Is a black bowel movement a pregnancy symptom?

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! ...Read more

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Passing food that is fully digested and ready for excretion out the ...Read more