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Old 11-02-2007, 08:52 PM   #1
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Loose Bowels at 39 weeks (sorry, TMI)

For the past three days, every time I eat something, even the tiniest thing, my stomach gets upset and I have loose bowels. I hardly have an appetite and am eating very little to prevent my stomach from being upset but I'm guessing that's not good for me or baby, but I don't know what else to do. It doesn't help that I had a thrombosed hemmorhoid, and these bouts of loose bowels have totally aggravated it so I'm also in pain.

Has anyone else experienced this issue in late pregnancy and do you know why it happens? Is it the baby pushing on my bowels? Is it hormones? Help!

 
Old 11-03-2007, 06:00 AM   #2
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Re: Loose Bowels at 39 weeks (sorry, TMI)

I think I've read it's a sign of labor approaching!! goodluck

 
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Old 11-03-2007, 10:30 AM   #3
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Re: Loose Bowels at 39 weeks (sorry, TMI)

Yup, its common for this to happen before you go into labor. You probably don't have long now.
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Old 11-03-2007, 02:04 PM   #4
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Re: Loose Bowels at 39 weeks (sorry, TMI)

This happened to me the night my water broke. I couldn't go to the hospital cause I couldn't stop going to the bathroom. We made it though, in plenty of time...!

 
Old 11-03-2007, 10:19 PM   #5
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Re: Loose Bowels at 39 weeks (sorry, TMI)

It happend to me about a week before I delivered dd. Good luck

 
Old 11-04-2007, 07:39 AM   #6
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Re: Loose Bowels at 39 weeks (sorry, TMI)

Yep, I have also heard it's a sign of labor approaching! My sister told me this happened to her with both her pregnancies near the end (though she had scheduled C-sections both times and never did go into labor naturally). Supposedly, it's very common as the body starts to prepare itself for labor & delivery.

 
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Re: Loose Bowels at 39 weeks (sorry, TMI)

Sounds like impending labor. Good luck.

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Old 11-05-2007, 09:49 AM   #8
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Re: Loose Bowels at 39 weeks (sorry, TMI)

i've read it is a sign of labor too and i always thought that would be great to empty out at home because then when i am pushing on the table i won't have much to poop out at the nurses. i am sure they'll be happy too.

 
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Re: Loose Bowels at 39 weeks (sorry, TMI)

This also happened to me for a couple of weeks before delivery... good luck!!
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Old 11-05-2007, 11:45 AM   #10
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Re: Loose Bowels at 39 weeks (sorry, TMI)

Wow, no kidding - so it sounds unamimously like it's a sign of upcoming labor?? Any ideas on how long it takes to go into labor after this starts?? I was just wondering b/c I'm scheduled for a C-section next week and now I'm wondering if I should go in this week instead? I'd rather not go into labor before the scheduled date!

 
Old 11-05-2007, 01:32 PM   #11
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Re: Loose Bowels at 39 weeks (sorry, TMI)

This started for me 2 or 3 days before. I think it differs from person to person. It is the body's way of cleansing prior to childbirth.

Amy

 
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