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Are loose stools a sign of pregnancy?

Are loose stools a sign of pregnancy?

Constipation is : Probably more common early on. Early pregnancy sxs can include: lack of period, breast swelling ; tenderness with darkened areolas, fatigue, increased urination frequency, constipation, bloating, heartburn, backache, cramping, headache, food cravings or aversions, increased sense of smell, enlarged waist, feeling faint/dizzy, mood swings, increased gas, insomnia, gagging more easily ; yawning. ...Read more

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Pregnancy (Definition)

If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...Read more


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I'm almost 34 weeks pregnant with my 5th kid. I have been getting back pain, head aches and loose stools. Are these signs of labor coming soon?

I'm almost 34 weeks pregnant with my 5th kid. I have been getting back pain, head aches and loose stools. Are these signs of labor coming soon?

Maybe: Loose stools can cause contractions. The headache isn't likely related to labor. It could just be a headache, unless you have an elevated blood pressure. If the back pain is constant, its less likely labor. If every few minutes lasting 30-60 seconds its more likely contractions. The only way to know for sure is call your OB and see if they want you to get on a fetal monitor. ...Read more

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Are loose stools normal in early pregnancy? Is it possible that this is how my body is dealing with morning sickness?

Are loose stools normal in early pregnancy?  Is it possible that this is how my body is dealing with morning sickness?

Loose stools: Loose stools are probably due to a dietary change brought on by your morning sickness and decrease appetite. Don't worry, your appetite will come around and you'll have the chance to get fat. ...Read more

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Is black loose stools during pregnancy first trimester normal?

Is black loose stools during pregnancy first trimester normal?

If on IRON: The iron in the prenatal vitamin, or if you are even on a supplemental Iron pill can cause the stool to be black. Call your GYN to assure you are on an iron supplement. If so, most likely fine, but at next visit, you could always have your stool checked for heme to be safe. Best wishes. ...Read more

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5 weeks pregnant and have loose stool once a day for 4 days now. Pregnancy related?

5 weeks pregnant and have loose stool once a day for 4 days now. Pregnancy related?

Possible: It is not uncommon to have some G.I. Changes in the early part of pregnancy. Most of these are temporary and due to hormonal changes. ...Read more

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Can loose stool a soft one not with a pain in stomach or often no, just a bit soft stool, cause me loosing pregnancy, iworry, 25 weeks pregnant?

Can loose stool a soft one not with a pain in stomach or often no, just a bit soft stool, cause me loosing pregnancy, iworry, 25 weeks pregnant?

If no other symptoms: You're probably okay. But please check with your obgyn physician if this continues and you're concerned. It could be related to something you're eating. ...Read more

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4.5 weeks pregnant. Been having loose stool for the last few days and mild nausea. Pregnancy related?

Probably: Nausea is likely to be pregnancy related, although, other causes are possible as well. Diarrhea is somewhat unusual, but we know of gastrointestinal tract motility changes, so some women get constipated while other can have more loose stools. If those symptoms are not pregnancy related, they are likely to be caused by a stomach virus that will get better over the next few days. ...Read more

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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more


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Diarrhea (Definition)

Diarrhea is a term that describes loose, watery stools occurring more frequently than usual. It is often not due to a serious cause, but severe diarrhea ...Read more


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