(Closed) Embarrasing Pregnancy Question- Warning TMI

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Do you think maybe it is something you are eating for dinner? Usually diarrhea during pregnancy is a way to eliminate any offending matter quickly.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I agree with Cady.  It is likely something that you are eating that is making you have this issue. Your baby is also basically sitting on your digestive track, so that can make it do funny things as well. 

Are you having milk products in the morning or at night? Do you take an iron supplement?

Diarrhea is also a sign of upcoming labor, so this might be why your doctor is concerned.  Or he is worried that you are ill.

Hopefully it gets better soon and try not to feel embarassed, as a doctor, I am sure he has seen much worse.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Hi – It could be some sort of bacterial infection.  It’s good you are gaining weight but probably need to get to the bottom of the issue.

Would you prefer the doctor extract the sample? 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Preface: I am not (nor have I ever been) pregnant, nor am I a medical professional.

But I think if your doctor wants you to bring in a stool sample, you should do it. Sure, it’s gross, but he’s a doctor – he wouldn’t ask you to do it if he didn’t think it were necessary. Maybe you can time an appointment so that it’s when you need to go normally so it’s more like a urine sample (ie, you don’t need to bring it all over town).

DON’T tell your doctor it’s better if it isn’t. That’s like telling your hairstylist you love the new color if you don’t – only it’s a lot more serious now because it’s your (and your baby’s) health at risk.

FWIW, I just googled “diarrhea during pregnancy” and got a whole bunch of causes – the first site I looked at said that if it’s lasted for more than 30 days, it’s more than likely bacteria or a virus, which should definitely be taken care of. GL!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Sometimes diarrhea can be caused by hormone shifts in the body (often estrogen swings can cause it), but there are obviously tons of potential reasons for it… infections, bad food, food intolerances/allergies, etc.  No matter what the cause is, one of the most common resulting problems is dehydration.  Make sure you stay hydrated, but I honestly wouldn’t opt out of a stool sample due to your aversion of collecting it.  If you have a bad intestinal infection, it needs to be treated with proper antibiotics.  I see c.diff more and more in the hospital these days because it spreads so easily, but it really does hospitalize people due to it’s nasty effects on the body.  

You definitely want to get through this pregnancy with both you and baby healthy and intact!  Good luck!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I would do the sample. Recently my mom was having some issues she was very concerned about and was horrified they wanted a stool sample. But they had her put the sample into a cup that went into a bag and she had to simply put it into a dropbox. She never even had to see anyone. She said it wasn’t really a big deal and she was glad she did it, because they found out a lot from the sample.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I want to add (in a non-judgemental fashion) that considering you are pregnant, you probably don’t want to put your child at risk due to being embarrassed

We’ve all heard what happens when you are pushing during labor.  A little poop in a jar versus what’s to come is nothing!

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

I hate to say it, but I would totally bring the sample. If it is a bacterial infection, it is so important they figure that out so you can be treated with antibiotics! I know it is gross, but it will be done before you know it. That’s what I would do (although I’d hate to do it, too!!). There has to be a reason he wants a sample.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

For your health and the health of the baby, you should go through with providing the sample, even if the idea of doing that is very icky and disgusting to you.  Your icky moment will be over fairly quickly, and will give the doctor the information he needs to make a quick and accurate diagnosis. Delays in diagnosis can often turn a simple, easy-to-treat condition into something far worse.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I am sorry you are going through this but do not lie to your doctor. You could end up very dehyrdrated or could have some kind of bug and you do not want to endanger your pregnancy. Not only dogs bring in stool samples. Sometimes people have to to in order to rule out certain things. You may have to do this for your baby many times. I say suck it up and bring it in. Be safe not sorry. 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@roxy821 I would ask my Darling Husband to glove up, fish it out, and bring it to the Dr. 

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