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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?

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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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?

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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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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