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Doctor insights on: Hard Bowel Movements At 39 Weeks Pregnant

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Haemorrhoids. External...39 weeks pregnant...bleedin durin bowel movement. Vl it cause prob durin labour or vaginal delivery. No control on bowel mov?

Haemorrhoids. External...39 weeks pregnant...bleedin durin bowel movement. Vl it cause prob durin labour or vaginal delivery. No control on bowel mov?

Common problem: It won't likely cause any concerning issue during labor or delivery. You do want to make sure the bleeding is definitely from your hemorrhoids and not somewhere else. You also want to make sure you do everything to minimize worsening hemorrhoids which means making sure your consuming fiber, not straining on the toilet and possibly utilizing stool softeners and/or laxatives if necessary. ...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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39 weeks pregnant bowel movement came out green pressure on lower back, left pelvic minor cramp. Loss mucus. Does that mean labor is in a couple days?

39 weeks pregnant bowel movement came out green pressure on lower back, left pelvic minor cramp. Loss mucus. Does that mean labor is in a couple days?

Maybe: Mother Nature works on her own schedule, but the loss of the mucous plug indicates that labor is near. The green bowel movement may be due to the intake of iron in your prenatal vitamins. Check with your OB MD. ...Read more

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Is uterus pain normal after a hard bowel movement? It has been a few hours and I am 19 weeks pregnant.

Is uterus pain normal after a hard bowel movement? It has been a few hours and I am 19 weeks pregnant.

Maybe: Sometimes bowels can be hard to move as the uterus enlarges. If there is just mild pain, it's ok to watch for now. But if there is strong pain or regular contractions, seek help. Drinking lots of water and a diet high in fiber can help keep bowel movement softer and easier. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a bowel movement after everymeal when pregnant??

Is it normal to have a bowel movement after everymeal when pregnant??

No unusual: Your GI tract is more active during pregnancy. As long as your stools are normal and you feel fine and do not have a fever I would not be concerned. ...Read more

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I haven't had a bowel movement in 3 days and im pregnant. What should I do?

I haven't had a bowel movement in 3 days and im pregnant. What should I do?

Constipation: During pregnancy is common. Try drinking more water. Add a stool softener like colace (docusate sodium) once or twice a day. Consider milk of magnesium. Avoid most suppositories that can cause uterine cramping. Cut back on iron supplement if ok with your doctor. With severe cases, no bowel movement in 7 days, I consider water enemas rarely. ...Read more

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I might be pregnant. I haven't had a bowel movement for 3 days. Can that happen if you're pregnant?

I might be pregnant. I haven't had a bowel movement for 3 days. Can that happen if you're pregnant?

Probably not related: You can get constipated any time that you do not drink enough fluids or eat enough high fiber foods. Pregnancy does increase your need for fluids, but not signifiicantly early in pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have thick white odourless vaginal discharge after first bowel movement in the morning? 6 months pregnant?

Is it normal to have thick white odourless vaginal discharge after first bowel movement in the morning? 6 months pregnant?

Pregnancy woes: Yes, vaginal discharge could be entirely normal in or out of pregnancy. during a bowel movement this could result in stimulation of your vaginal passages resulting in the flow of the collected discharge lining the vagina. If there is an itchiness or rashes please consult your doctor. Ensure you maintain good perineal hygiene, wash front to back with water and wear cotton underwear with a liner ...Read more

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I just had a bowel movement and noticed a long flat string like thing (4 in long) in it. I am also 9 weeks pregnant. Is it worms or something else?

I just had a bowel movement and noticed a long flat string like thing (4 in long) in it. I am also 9 weeks pregnant. Is it worms or something else?

Stool analysis: This could be digestive fiber or a tapeworm. Unable to diagnose online. Keep an eye on your BMs and consider a visit to your physician for a stool culture and analysis for ova and parasites. ...Read more

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8 months pregnant what can I take so I can have a bowel movement?

Enema: An enema would be fine, as would a gentle laxative to get things started. If you're having ongoing problems, make sure you're getting enough water and you might want to add a stool softener daily. Adding fresh apples, plums, grapes, prunes can also help. ...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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Blood on toilet paper after bowel movement? Pregnant and scared.

Blood on toilet paper after bowel movement? Pregnant and scared.

Call your OB: The most common reason for blood after a bm is hemorrhoids which are dilated blood vessels in the rectal canal. There are medicines from your OB that can treat them after examination first to make sure there are no other causes. ...Read more

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I'm 38weeks pregnant and been cramping a lot to the point I feel it's a bowel movement but nothing happens. What can it be?

I'm 38weeks pregnant and been cramping a lot to the point I feel it's a bowel movement but nothing happens. What can it be?

Baby pressure: You're so close to delivery that the size of the baby is pressing on your rectum and giving you the feeling that you have to move your bowels. It can be quite frustrating, but it will only last a little longer. Just make sure that your bowels are moving in reflection of what you are eating. For problems like that (actual constipation) ask obstetrician. Best of luck. ...Read more

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My gallbladder has been acting up for the past two weeks. It's to the point that if I eat it gets very inflamed, to the point I look about 6/7 months pregnant. I haven't had a bowel movement in over a week. Tonight I was in severe pain and went to the res

My gallbladder has been acting up for the past two weeks. It's to the point that if I eat it gets very inflamed, to the point I look about 6/7 months pregnant. I haven't had a bowel movement in over a week. Tonight I was in severe pain and went to the res

Constipation: Your constipation is causing also most of the damage. Your message got cut, but you will definitely get some relief with a bowel movement. Prune juice, eating a ripe pear followed by lots of water may help. Alternatively you may need to start over the counter Senna and stay on it for good few days. If you are aware already of having gallbladder issues make sure you connect with your physician. ...Read more

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6 weeks pregnant light pink discharge after bowel movement - should I be concerned?

Bleeding: Any bleeding during pregnancy should trigger a call to your provider. An exam/eval/sono may be indicated. Please notify your md. ...Read more

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I'm 6 weeks 3 days pregnant and having light spotting after a bowel movement. Should I see a doctor or take it easy?

I'm 6 weeks 3 days pregnant and having light spotting after a bowel movement. Should I see a doctor or take it easy?

Both: You didn't mention if you have already seen your physician regarding the pregnancy, I assume you have. If so, call them, make them aware, and let them guide you. If you are having pain or cramps, then definitely you should make an appointment. If you haven't yet seen your doctor, then again, you do need to. You should also take it easy, don't do any heavy lifting, stay off your feet a little. ...Read more

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I have ben havin unprotected sex. I wiped & saw pinkish/brown blood. Then 2day I have bowel movement and saw pink blood when I wiped. Am I pregnant?

Possibly: If you haven't been using birth control it's possible you are pregnant. But there are a number of other reasons you might have some spotting or blood on wiping. Some of these include infection, hormonal problems, or even hemorrhoids. Check a pregnancy test if your period is late, or if you're worried. And see a gynecologist if you are pregnant, or irregular bleeding continues. ...Read more

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I get blood in toilet after bowel movement. Possibly pregnant?

I get blood in toilet after bowel movement. Possibly pregnant?

Bloody BM: It sounds like you're very worried about possibly being pregnant, but a bloody bowel movement is not a sign of pregnancy. To know about pregnancy, take a home pregnancy test after you have missed your menstrual period. The blood in your toilet may relate to a bleeding hemorrhoid or rectal fissure -- and you'll need to see your physician about this. The fissure would be painful; hemorrhoid not. ...Read more

Dr. Katharine Cox
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