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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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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...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?

Yes : As long as it is not bloody not dark, tarry black, that color is ok. ...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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Feces is the product of ...Read more