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Is It Normal To Poop Yourself When Pregnant
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
Normal: Constipation is extremely common in the first trimester. High levels of Progesterone slow the bowel down and lead to constipation. Also water intake is usually decreased due to nausea and not feeling well. Increase water intake and add a stool softener like colace (docusate sodium). You can also use laxatives like Dulcolax or sennekot if needed. ...Read more
BMs with pregnancy: It is normal to have several bowl movements when you are pregnant because you bowls and bladder are being pressed by the growing uterus. Hormonal changes and changes in your diet can also cause this. Even your prenatal vitamins can cause constipation or more frequent bowl movements ...Read more
Yes, normal: It depends on what you are eating but stool can be many colors. If your stool is all black and sticky, like tar see your doctor as soon as possible as this could be a sign of intestinal bleeding. ...Read more
I am supposedly about 7 1/2 weeks pregnant. For the past few days my poop has been green! Is this normal? What does it mean?
Something you ate: It's not uncommon for poop to change color, likely due to something you ate (blueberries?). Not likely due to pregnancy. Having said that, foods like blueberries and kale and spinach, are great during pregnancy. Getting the majority of your nutrients and vitamins from foods rather than taking a vitamin is always better. Good luck and have a great pregnancy! ...Read more
Not pooping as much as i did before while pregnant. I went from everyday to know every 3-4 days. Is this normal?
Hi my girlfriend who is 9 weeks and 1 day pregnant. went to the bathroom to poop, she noticed when she wiped there was blood is this normal?
NO: Of course not. See the OB. Is the blood from anal area or with the stool? Hemorrhoids are common. Was the blood vaginal? See the OB. ...Read more
Hello doc! i am 12 weeks pregnant but as i observed i am pooping green just this few days.... is it normal?
Pigment: If you're taking prenatal vitamins containing iron, this could be the cause of the pigment change. I would be more concerned if your stools were very black(also seen with iron or peptobismol), bloody or clay colored. If you still have concerns, discuss this with your obstetrician and he/she can perform a stool examination. ...Read more
I am 5 weeks pregnant and I have had three miscareages already so i was wondering if its normal to bleed when you poop?
Not really . . .: Bleeding when you have a bowel movement suggests hemorrhoid, localized tear or even diverticulosis among many possible causes. Go see your family doc regarding this. More importantly, go see your obstetrician for a complete evaluation to determine the cause of your 3 prior miscarriages. Perhaps you have a clotting disorder. Perhaps your Progesterone is too low. Regardless don't wait to go see doc. ...Read more
I am 18 weeks pregnant with baby 2 and I have been pooping 5-10 times a day. I did this up to my first's preterm delivery(28 wks). Is this normal?
Hey I'm 8 weeks pregnant and since last night when I poop there's been white creamy stuff in there too, is this normal or do I need to go to doctor?
Mucus: Sounds like you have some mucus in with your stool, which is ok to have especially if your bowel movements are normal. It could also be that some of your leukorrhea (a normal vaginal discharge) is getting in with your stool when you have a bowel movement. Lastly, it could be related to something you ate and is temporary. ...Read more
For the past 3 day I've been having yellow watery runny poop and I'm 1 month pregnant. Is it normal? Should I go to the hospital? Or take medicine?
Not normal: The immediate concern with liquid diarrhea is dehydration. Thus, drink plenty of liquid. Many GI disturbances are viral in nature and run their course in 5-7 days. If you are still having significant persistent diarrhea after that period of time, then you should be evaluated and give a stool sample looking for other possibly more serious infectious causes. ...Read more
I’m 31 weeks pregnant and am having ALOT of pressure and the urge to poop, is this normal and what can I do to help me be a little more comfortable?
31 weeks pregnant: At 31 weeks, the weight of the pregnancy can cause pressure on the colon, and if bowel movements are not regular, or if constipated, this will accentuate the urge to defecate. Ask your OB provider for medication to assist with softening stools, and keep up your oral intake of liquids. ...Read more
6wks pregnant I tak preg vitamins and iron but today I had brown and green stool poop is tht normal or I shud be worried or I stop the iron and vitami?
Don't worry : It is not unusual for the stool to turn colors or even to turn dark black when taking iron. It is only worrisome if the stool is black and foul-smelling or if it is red from bleeding. I would stick with the iron supplement for now. Let us know if there are any problems. Good luck. ...Read more
I'm 6 weeks pregnant, expecting to hear a heartbeat on Thursday. Feeling sick but not being sick. Needing to poop a lot instead when i wake. Normal?
I keep eating and am possibly 5 weeks pregnant , I keep having to go to the bathroom poop, is this normal ? Nothing is staying in my system.Very dizzy
Get checked out: Find out if you are pregnant. Tell your provider that you have all these symptoms. ...Read more
6 weeks pregnant. Period-like cramps where underwear waistband rests under belly, urge to poop but unable. Normal? What can help?
This morning i went to the toilet and i had bright green poo i'm 11 weeks pregnant is tht normal ?
Probably normal: Depends what you ate.Get a more detailed answer ›
Today my wife had semi solid stool like diarrhoea 3 times.is it diarrhoea or just normal stool as she is 20.6 week pregnant?
Mild diarrhea: It is mild diarrhea, possible viral illness or reaction to something she ate. If all else is well just let it pass. If she has any other symptoms she should call her OB. ...Read more
I am 20 weeks pregnant and when I poo there is white stuff in it and I don't go poo everyday and when I do it is lumpy is this normal?
Constipation: The white stuff in your stool is mucus and can be caused by various conditions such as constipation, infection or inflammation. It is important to see a doctor to determine the definitive cause and necessary treatment.Drink adequate amount of water everyday and increase fiber in the diet ...Read more
Black Stools: If you are not taking supplements with iron, it may mean a possible bleed in your stomach . Observe what you ate a day or two before you had dark stools. Some foods may produce stools with that characteristic. If it is persistent, have it checked out. Make sure you are not taking meds like Aspirin or ibuprofen. It can also cause GI bleeding. ...Read more
Green stool: Any conditions which cause the stool to transit too rapidly through the intestines can lead to green, moist stool. On the other hand eating green leafy vegetables can lead to green stool. Green cabbage, lettuce, peas, cabbage, spinach, broccoli, green salad, green leaves, celery ; green beans as well as food that contains green food coloring can lead to green stool. Some meds can change stool >. ...Read more
Unrelated?: Episodic loose stool is a common, typically self-limited process. Pregnancy occurs commonly in the population as a whole. The two can occur together in the same individual & have no relationship whatsoever. However, if you are concerned, have had known infectious exposures, or are experiencing other issues (like bleeding, fever, pain) then immediately call your physicians for evaluation. ...Read more
Having constipation, pregnant. Took Metamucil once yest, now stool is thin and not that much. Is that normal? Is that how it starts working?
Constipation: Increase the dose of metamucil, suggest at least 3 tablespoons every day.Take 2-3 prunes every day and also increase fluid intake. ...Read more