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Doctor insights on: Straining To Have A Bowel Movement During Pregnancy

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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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What kind of bowel movements are common during third trimester of pregnancy?

What kind of bowel movements are common during third trimester of pregnancy?

Constipation: Constipation is very common in pregnancy. The more you strain the more likely you are to get hemorrhoids. You should aim to have at least 1 soft bowel movement almost every day. ...Read more

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Why are there bowel movements during final stages pregnancy and the causes of shortness of breathe even though iron supplements have been prescribed?

Why are there bowel movements during final stages pregnancy and the causes of shortness of breathe even though iron supplements have been prescribed?

Both normal: It's not that late pregnancy causes bowel movements: it's that when you "push" (to get the baby out), you push your bm too-so you want to be empty to avoid an accident. Shortness of breath is normal because your large uterus is interfering with the full expansion of your lungs. It will get all better in roughly 10 weeks! ...Read more

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Can excessive bowel movements be associated with pregnancy?

Can excessive bowel movements be associated with pregnancy?

Frequent bms: Yes, a woman can have excessive bowel movements, especially during the first trimester. Hormones like Progesterone are the likely cause. ...Read more

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Are weird bowel movements considered a pregnancy symptom? I'm also having nausea and back pains. Could these all be from my UTI or pregnancy?

Are weird bowel movements considered a pregnancy symptom? I'm also having nausea and back pains. Could these all be from my UTI or pregnancy?

Here are some...: Changing pattern in BM is not directly related with pregnancy; voiding change will. Worrying about pregnancy, do home pregnancy test ASAP in a week after missing the expected period and repeat it in another week if the first test is (-) & still in doubt. For UTI, self-test chemstrip may help. And it is nice to know certain antibiotics may induce bowel change. More? Seek evaluation & counseling now ...Read more

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Burping and frequent bowel movements in early pregnancy, normal?

Burping and frequent bowel movements in early pregnancy, normal?

Burping is common.: 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. Constipation can occur. Take pregnancy test to know. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have frequent normal bowel movements in early pregnancy? Also cramping slightly with the bm and gas. 8 weeks so far.

Yes: Yes, multiple GI complaints are common. Extreme hormone elevations are the norm for early pregnancy and almost anything goes. Not to worry, with time much of this will dissipate. Hang in there. ...Read more

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Past few days been having about 2-3 loose bowel movements a day with cramping, should I be concern or normal phase of pregnancy 31 weeks today?

Normal: Bowel irregularity in the last trimester of pregnancy is very common. Your baby's growth pushes on your intestines and can cause both constipation and diarrea, nothing needs to be done about this. ...Read more

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I Have been spotting only after bowel movements, for 2weeks- I have taken several positive pregnancy tests. How do I know if I am having miscarriage?

I Have been spotting only after bowel movements, for 2weeks- I have taken several positive pregnancy tests. How do I know if I am having miscarriage?

See below: Mild spotting is not uncommon in early pregnancy. I trust that for the sake of your and your baby's health, you are under the care of a doctor.
Wish you good health and a healthy baby! ...Read more

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Is it normal to have thick white/yellowish mucusin stools early in pregnancy im 5 weeks pregnant & am having thick white & yellow mucus in my bowel movements? I still have 2 weeks until my first dr appointment, is this normal or something I should be co

Is it normal to have thick white/yellowish mucusin stools early in pregnancy im 5 weeks pregnant & am having thick white & yellow mucus in my bowel movements? I still have 2 weeks until my first dr appointment, is this normal or something I should be co

Some: Some mucus in your stool can be normal since it's what your intestines make to stay lubricated. Larger amounts of mucus - especially when paired with fever, abdominal pain, cramping and diarrhea - can signal an infection. If you are noticing a change in your bowel habits or are having any of the above symptoms, you should call your doctor. They may want to see you sooner than your scheduled appointment. ...Read more

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My stomach is bloating it seems like bcoz of pregnancy bt home test r -ve. I hav irregular bowel movements nd lower back pain. Kindly help me?

My stomach is bloating it seems like bcoz of pregnancy bt home test r -ve. I hav irregular bowel movements nd lower back pain. Kindly help me?

Modify diet: Bloating seems to be a common complaint amongst people today. While pregnancy and hormones can make you feel bloated, given your GI symptoms & negative pregnancy test, it's likely your diet. You may need to experiment with which food cause you problems and which ones don't. Dietary modification can seem overwhelming but take it one step at a time, focusing on only 1-2 foods. ...Read more

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2nd pregnancy, lots of pressure in vagina/rectum, more frequent urination, more frequent bowel movements (3+/day) occ. Contracts. & cramps. Labor soon?

2nd pregnancy, lots of pressure in vagina/rectum, more frequent urination, more frequent bowel movements (3+/day) occ. Contracts. & cramps. Labor soon?

Not necessarily: Without more information it's hard to answer the question. How many weeks are you? If you are past 34 weeks, these can be common symptoms that are not of great concern, and not necessarily indicative of imminent labor. In general, unless you are having pains that stop you from doing things occurring every 5 minutes or closer, these are likely braxton-hicks type contractions, not true labor. ...Read more

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Why do I get dizzy, have a yeast infection, gassy, frequent urination, & bowel movements a lot? Had sex oct 22, 2015. Too soon to do pregnancy test?

Why do I get dizzy, have a yeast infection, gassy, frequent urination, & bowel movements a lot? Had sex oct 22, 2015. Too soon to do pregnancy test?

You should check: The pregnancy test 2-3 weeks after the initial intercourse, and if that is negative check again 1 week after. Given those symptoms the reason could be anything, ranging from pregnancy to indigestion to Urinary tract infection to PMS. Though PMS frequently brings about headaches and body ache. ...Read more

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I had a sharp pain at the top of my head when straining during a bowel movement. What could this be?

I had a sharp pain at the top of my head when straining during a bowel movement. What could this be?

Cough headache: Headache only triggered by straining is a rather uncommon condition. It could be primary cough headache, a benign condition that precipitated by coughing or straining in the absence of any intracranial disorder. Primary cough headache is usually bilateral and predominantly affects patients older than 40 years of age. However, it could happen in any age. ...Read more

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What happened if I strain during my large bowel movement?

What happened if I strain during my large bowel movement?

STRAINING BOWEL MOVE: If you strain with large bowel movements can cause hemorrhoids over time. To prevent that you need fiber in your diet with and without stool softners. ...Read more

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I sometimes have clear penile discharge when straining during a bowel movement, is this normal?

I sometimes have clear penile discharge when straining during a bowel movement, is this normal?

Clear OK: It is likely from the bm pushing against your prostate on its way out and is normal. If changes color / volume / odor or becomes painful, then be concerned. ...Read more

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Can my vagina prolapse during large bowel movement with straining?

Yes: Keeping stools soft is important factor in avoiding prolapse, the size of stool not so much as the hardness/straining. ...Read more

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Some bright red blood in stool 2 bowel movements. Have anal itching and straining during movements. Haven't had a movement since last night. No pain.

Some bright red blood in stool 2 bowel movements. Have anal itching and straining during movements. Haven't had a movement since last night. No pain.

Hemorrhoids: Likely hemorrhoids. Stool softeners and plenty of water may help. Consider discussing with your physician. If worsening could see a gastroenterology (GI) specialist. ...Read more

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Can straining during bowel movements cause ongoing lower back pain?

Can straining during bowel movements cause ongoing lower back pain?

Yes: Straining with bowel movements can increase you intrabdominal pressure which can exacerbate back pain and can also worsen pain that may be resulting from a disc herniation. Talk with you pcp about your issue. They may recommend a stool softener or even a laxative to help alleviate the bowel issues. They can also help determine if there is some other source to your back pain. ...Read more

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I have to strain during bowel movements and have a skin tag near anus. I want to know if I Have heamorhoids?

I have to strain during bowel movements and have a skin tag near anus. I want to know if I Have heamorhoids?

Need to examine: If is not feasible to say if you have or do not have hemorrhoids without examining you. However, you should take a fiber laxative to avoid hard stools and constipation. You may take a laxative like Metamucil and drink enough water daily so that your urine is colorless. ...Read more

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Can over straining while passing stool leads to nerve or vein in head & neck to break? After straining during bowel movements feel pain in forehead.

Headaches: Straining for bowel movements can increase intra abdominal and intra cranial pressure. Most of the time there is no threat to brain vessels. Very very rarely if a person has brain artery aneurysm then there is a possibility of rupture and bleeding in side the brain, which can lead to severe sudden headache, coma and death if not taken care quick;y. ...Read more

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Is it normal to cramp a little bit during pregnancy (6w2d). Usually goes away when I empty my bladder or have a bowel movement. No bleeding. Hb visible?

Cramps: Many women have cramps and pregnancy. In your case it sounds like it may be related to your bowel function. Perhaps taking MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) every day would help. Make sure you're getting prenatal care and have had a visit with the doctor to make sure you have a normal healthy pregnancy. ...Read more

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I just found out that I am pregnant. I have not had a bowel movement in a week And I am in pain. What is safe to take to help me go during pregnancy?

Several options: You can take Peri-colace or Senokot, (senna) both are brand names for docusate sodium. And of course see your provider for a complete prenatal exam. Colace can be used as a stool softener. Eat foods with fiber such as fruits and vegetables. ...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


Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more