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36 weeks- Frequent bowel movements normal??

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Leilababyno1 Fri 01-Apr-11 19:45:13

I am 36 weeks with my first and for the past couple of days (sorry if TMI) I have been having soft stools (not diarrhea) 3-4 times a day- is that normal and to be expected at this later stage of pregnancy??

Up until recently I have been constipated and not even been going once a day, as I am on strong iron supplements- so I am surprised that all of sudden things have changed...

Longtime Fri 01-Apr-11 20:22:28

I had this just before I went into labour ;). Could be nerves maybe?

Leilababyno1 Fri 01-Apr-11 20:33:22

hummmn really?

I know that sometimes people can get a bout of diarrhea before going into labour, but mine are just softer than normal...I'm not really aware that I'm feeling nervous but I suppose subconsciously I might be?

Just don't know why I'm needing to go so many times a day..confused- strange....

Thank's though, will just have to keep an eye..smile

daimbardiva Fri 01-Apr-11 20:40:07

I've heard people say it is your body cleansing itself beofre labour - not sure if that's true?

I'm still at the constipated stage - would give anything to be going frequently!

Good luck if it is signalling your time's near.!

Leilababyno1 Fri 01-Apr-11 20:45:04

Trust me, up until a few days ago I was REALLY constipated- to the point where I developed a painful hemorrhoid...blush- so I feel your pain daimbardiva

Don't mind this sudden change in bowel movement- in fact it's very much welcome after 35 weeks of constipation! Just curious as to why the change?!

luluzulu Fri 01-Apr-11 20:54:32

i feel your pain, its not exactly diarrhea but getting the achy tummy and having to literally run to toilet only for it just to be a soft poo.

Joannezipan Fri 01-Apr-11 22:23:37

I'm 29 +1 and this happened to me last week too. They say a change is as good as a rest though right wink

Oooh, I had this at 36wks - and then DS was born! A bit early, yes, but everything was fine. Very easy labour too

Leilababyno1 Fri 01-Apr-11 23:05:54

mistressploppy- really? Hummmmmm....my mum was late with both me and my sister, always assumed I would be the same?! If my frequent bowel movements are anything to go by, I might be about that cycle then...wink

Probably just wishful thinking though....I don't have any tummy cramps or backache- maybe it's just my body slowly getting ready, it's all good!

MinnieBar Fri 01-Apr-11 23:16:54

I had this for about the last three months of my first pregnancy, approx the last four months of the second, and I think about the last six months of #3! I was on iron supplements too, made no difference.

Combination of hormones and position of the baby pressing on the bowel sending it signals to open (prematurely) I think.

MinnieBar Sat 02-Apr-11 08:26:40

Oh and baby wipes (unscented) are your friend wink
Or are you in labour OP?!

Bunbaker Sat 02-Apr-11 08:28:44

Yes, it is normal. It happened to me. My MW told me that my body was preparing itself for labour. DD was born at 38.5 weeks.

jellyhead188 Sat 02-Apr-11 09:01:03

Oh I posted this yesterday - am 36 weeks tomorrow and the last few days this has been happening to me - and I've been constipated too - I keep getting the feeling like I will have the runs and then when I go its just soft! Oh hope it means things are happening - have really bad SPD now and can't do much - I keep waking up with contractions too!!

Leilababyno1 Sat 02-Apr-11 12:14:18

Update: Woke up this morning with very strong BH tightenings- no cramping though...I have also been having occasional spasm pains down towards my bum?! Don't know what that means, but it's a new sensation- thought maybe it's baby getting further engaged, she was 3/5th engaged at my last MW appointment...

Does feel like things are starting to happen, Who knows?!

Good luck jellyhead188- hope yours makes an early appearance! Got my bag packed just incase!!wink

CaringForPod Mon 04-Apr-11 18:02:36

I've had this throughout the whole pregnancy blush. Now 36+3, would love it if it were a sign that things were a-happening, but think my body is just a bit weird!

Tobias444 Sun 29-May-16 13:36:36

Hi all ime new ear really concerns on how Iam feeling Iam 36 weeks tomorrow with my first iav been having sharp stabbing pains sence yesterday but seem to be worse yesterday getting tight inns as well going for a number 2 quite a lot sence yesterday feel a bit uneasy any 1 had thiss xx

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