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Everyone poops. And yet, it’s a taboo subject in all polite society, across all cultures around the world. Talking about poop- or anything potty related- is embarrassing, something to be relegated to movies with low-brow humor.
Or to mothers.
According to my sisters, once they had children, half their conversations revolved around poop. Either their own or their children’s.
You may as well get used to the subject now because we’re going to talk about pregnancy poops. More specifically: green poop and what it can mean.
So flush your embarrassment down the toilet because I’m about to give you the straight poop on green poop.
Before we get to why your poop may be green, let’s first talk about what makes it its natural brown color.
Your liver secretes a bright yellow-green liquid called bile into your small intestine. Bile absorbs fats and fat-soluble vitamins. As your food progresses to your large intestines, bacteria changes the bile, and consequently the feces, to brown.
One cause of green poop is that your food has passed through your digestive tract too quickly before the bile can be broken down properly. Several unpleasant conditions can cause this to occur:
You may be looking at the above list, which is full of all sorts of nasty conditions, and you may be panicking.
There are plenty of benign reasons for green poops which are far more common for us pregnant ladies to experience.
So, before you start imaging the worst, take stock of what you’ve eaten over the last few days. There’s a good chance that your green poops are simply the result of a diet change.
However, if your green poops last more than two days or are coupled with diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, rectal bleeding, or dizziness, call your doctor as it could indicate a serious condition, or lead to dehydration.
If green poop seriously unnerves you, contact your doctor to rule out any serious conditions.
If you’re confident that your green poop is a result of diet, you may want to consider adjusting your diet to eliminate foods with green or purple food dyes. I wouldn’t, however, advise getting rid of those leafy greens, as they are super healthy for you.
You can also ask your doctor about switching to a prenatal pill with less iron.
As far as the bacterial and viral causes go, prevention is key. Make sure you wash and/or cook all your food thoroughly (no medium or rare burgers for you Yanks!)
Wash your hands before eating and definitely after using the washroom. Make sure your kids wash their hands often too, to prevent them from passing anything on to you.
While you may not be worried about your own green poops, you may freak out if your baby has green poops.
Before rushing your kid to the doctor, bear in mind that green poops are common in breastfed babies. Your child’s stool will gradually change from green, to yellow, to brown as more food is introduced. Keep an eye on its consistency and texture. If there’s a radical change there, contact your doctor.
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