Post # 1
I hope that by clicking on this thread, you’re realizing that there’s a big TMI aspect to the topic. If not, this is fair warning…..
I’ve tried looking this up on the internet, but it’s suprisingly difficult to find definite answers about bowel movements because many medical opinions come with the disclaimer that almost anything can be ok if it’s “normal for you.” Well, mine have changed and I’m wondering if I should be worried.
I’ve never had daily bowel movements and I’m still that way, usually about every other day. I recently started weight watchers and at the same time, started eating vegetarian. I also drastically cut down on a lot of high-carb foods I was eating, like bread and tortillas. I cut pasta out completely. My bowel movements are now much, much smaller than they used to be even though I’m eating more fruits and vegetables than I ever did before, and what carbs/grains I’m eating are whole wheat/whole grain. I’m also eating a lot of yogurt and drinking a lot of water since I cut out soda completely. Its been a month but I feel like my bowel movements are really small and I’m worried that something is wrong. What do you think? Is this normal for this type of diet?
Post # 3
You need to give your body time to adjust. It not going to happen right away. Take vitamins and/or add more fiber supplements into your diet. If it’s a huge worry for you, make a doctor’s appointment and bring it up with him/her.
Post # 4
If you feel uncomfortable then make an appointment with your doctor. It is possible to be constipated even if you are having BMs. They may order a KUB (abdominal xray) to check to see if you are constipated. If so they will direct you in what to do. If your stool seems hard, I recommend stool softeners, I take them on occasion. They aren’t harsh like a laxitive but they will aide in producing a BM over a few days.
Post # 5
I love your title, firstly.
Secondly, I think if you start taking more fiber, maybe a stool softener like a PP said, should help. If it’s painful or bothersome and you’re worried, I’d just go see the doc. 🙂
Post # 6
i had the same problem when i wasn’t eating enough… i think you need to increase your fruits and veggies to get more food in your body. when i was eating too few calories and was vegan, i would have a BM maybe every 4 or 4 days…. and they were small and hard.
Post # 7
@Omgbunnies: lol thanks! I had no idea how to title this and make the topic clear but not too gross.
My BMs have been soft, just small. They haven’t been hard or difficult to pass at least. I’ve been taking vitamins daily, and I used to take fiber supplements in the past but they give me really bad gas, so I stopped taking them.
@sleepyhead22: You may be onto something. I never thought about that. I’ll try eating more and see if that helps, thanks!
Post # 8
You might also try to add Citrucel to your diet to help regulate your bowels & make things more normal. It may just be your system adjusting to the dietary changes but adding the fiber shouldn’t hurt. I have IBS and it is recommended for both IBS-D and IBS-C (not that you have IBS but just saying it can help both diarrhea and constipation). It is much easier on the stomach than Metamucil (I forget how the ingredients differ but Citrucel can add the fiber without the gas & cramps that Metamucil can cause).
Post # 9
Also, what kinds of fruits and vegetables are you eating? Vegetables that hold more water (peppers, cucumbers, ect) can help a lot with digestion.
Post # 10
@cutiepatootie: thanks for the tip! I had no idea there was a difference between the two, but if one causes less gas, I’ll give it a try! I was taking those fiber chews that they sell at costco but the gas they cause is terrible :/
@Brideonabudgetlauren: I’ve mainly been eating carrots, cucumbers, red bell peppers, oranges, strawberries, tomatoes, spaghetti squash, zucchini, yellow squash, sugar snap peas, onions, and celery. I also eat applesauce (sugar free) once in awhile since I can’t bite into apples due to a problem with one of my teeth and my dentist told me to avoid biting into apples. I also eat Morningstar vegetarian patties in place of meat.