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Early pregnancy, have mild constipation, occasional appearance of white in stools. What should be done?

i havent poop reuglatly in a long time kinda like every few days and most time it be like pebbles ... and i noticed sometimes id have white in my stool if i wouldnt go for days and every now and then id have something that it would just hit my stomach and i would just be crapping out the runs all night .. and now i m 9 weeks pregnnat and everything i eat i have to poop out and it s been like this for 3-4 days , it s killing my stomach so bad the hospital didnt give me any help.. and im not puking .. but one night i did have a a tempture of 99.6 f. i dont know what to do .
Asked On : Fri, 21 Dec 2012
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Emergency Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

Bowel irregularities are common in pregnancy due to the hormonal changes. It can also be caused due to poor dietary habits or due to infections. The current symptoms of passing stools frequently along with one spike of fever, could be indicative of an infection. Now, most of these infections are self-limiting and should settle down with only supportive measures.

I would suggest the following:
1) Keep drinking plenty of fluids. You can also take an oral Rehydration olution (ORS) to replenish the salt and water loss due to the frequent bowel movements
2) Avoid oily and spicy foods
3) You can take antacid tablets or syrup to counter any stomach acidity problems which may also be causing your symptoms.
4) If your symptoms persist of worsen, or you develop recurrent spikes of fever, then you will need antibiotic medication.

Best wishes,
Dr. Sheeba Stephen
Answered: Fri, 21 Dec 2012
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