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What Is A Good Bowel Movement
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
"Regular" bowels: As addressed on healthtap before, normal stool pattern in america is actually a range. Most people will defecate from once every thrid to fourth day to three times a day. Changes in stool caliber & texture, evidence of maldigestion/malabsorption, blood, & sometimes altered color all signal cause for concern that warrants medical evaluation. ...Read more
Fiber foods: Perhaps best would be plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grain cereals daily. If stool is not regularly softly formed, try adding crushed psyllium seeds (eg, sugar-free Metamucil), nuts and dried fruit, a little more daily until stool is consistently optimal. Best cereals are oatmeal, shredded wheat and grape nuts. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Start simple, but...: Docusate (per pdr) helps moisten & soften hard, dry stools. It is not a true laxative, but facilitates natural defecation, usually within 12 to 72 hours. This is safe & available for anyone over 2, & assumes normal GI anatomy without inflammation, stenosis, extrinsic or instrinsic obstruction. Change in bowels is a "red flag", like weight loss or blood in stool, that needs evaluation if persistent. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: 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. Take pregnancy test to know. ...Read more
Usually 1-2 per day.: There is quite a bit of variability, but 1-2 bowel movements per day is typical. If yours are less frequent, you may need to drink more water each day (8-10 glasses) or increase your intake of fruit & vegetable fiber. Finally, if you still have problems, see your doctor to make sure there are no other relevant intestinal issues. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Multiple bowel movements with a sense of incomplete evacuation. Is this a serious problem? What do I do?
Depends: You are young to get diverticulitis. Have you had a diagnosis with colonoscopy or other test? Diverticulitis is an infection that needs treatment with antibiotics & can be a serious infection. Diverticulosis is having small pouches on the colon and is treated with high fiber diet, fruits & vegetables, add metamucil. ...Read more
Soft bannana: Semi solid, well formed and regular/.Get a more detailed answer ›
Why: There is nothing that says you have to have bm in am. If it really matters try cereal before bed. ...Read more
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