Your body goes through so many changes when you become pregnant, both inside and outside. And, thanks to a surge in hormones, several of those changes can happen in the gastrointestinal tract. Some women may encounter constipation, some might get diarrhea and some might face little to no significant changes at all. There is no way to tell in advance how the surge in hormones will affect you, it’s just luck of the draw. Thankfully, though, these changes are usually perfectly normal, and temporary.
So, is pooping a lot in early pregnancy normal? Indeed, it is absolutely normal. It’s likely that you have changed your diet slightly since finding out you were pregnant. Even if you’ve started eating more fruits and vegetables than usual, your body needs some time to get used to these changes and to adjust. You may be drinking more water, and you’re probably taking a pregnancy supplement or folic acid. All of these things can contribute to more frequent bowel movements as your body is absorbing all the goodness and rids itself of toxins.
If you suffer from ulcerative colitis, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) or celiac disease, it is likely that you might see an increase in your symptoms during early pregnancy. If you do have any of these issues and you are having concerns, you should consult your doctor or midwife to discuss these concerns.
Other common reasons for an increase in bowel movements are illnesses such as rotavirus and norovirus. The vast majority of people can deal with these illnesses on their own without any medication.
Lots of women report an increase in bowel movements in early pregnancy. This ranges from more frequent regular stools to full on, watery diarrhea (lovely, right?). As stated earlier in this article though, it is perfectly normal. This increase of bowel movements might be accompanied by some cramping, that’s usually just your bowels contracting as the stools are moving downwards, but they could also mean that you have a more serious issue such as gastroenteritis (stomach flu) or food poisoning. If you think this is the case, get plenty of rest and drink plenty of water to help flush out your system.
Different reasons for frequent bowel movements during early pregnancy could be expected to be a result of:
- Hormonal changes as a result of pregnancy.
- Some anti-biotics such as amoxicillin.
- Antacids that contain magnesium can have a laxative effect.
- Pica, a longing for non-food items like chalk, sand, soil or mud
- Lactose intolerance
In most cases, frequent and/or loose bowels will clear up on its own and isn’t cause for concern. However, it is understandable that you want to take extra care of these things especially when pregnant. If your symptoms last for several days and show no signs of letting up, or if they are accompanied by other symptoms such as sickness, fever, excessive vomiting, dry mouth, excessive thirst or infrequent urination, you should consult your doctor to rule out anything more serious.
Early Pregnancy Poop Color
A lot of women report changes to their poo after they become pregnant, and not just the frequency, but the color too. There are several reasons why your poo might be a different color during early pregnancy, some of these reasons are;
- Iron-rich foods (such as spinach)
- Pregnancy Supplements (some of these actually have a label on the box letting the user know that using such supplements can cause a change in fecal color)
- Leafy greens and green smoothies/juices
- Red foods such as tomatoes and beets.
- Foods containing purple food coloring can, weirdly, cause your poo to turn green.
If your stools are black, tarry or mixed with blood, you should consult your doctor.