Diarrhea in Late Pregnancy

Unpleasant, yes, but is it cause for concern? Find out if diarrhea is normal during late pregnancy.
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Updated May 5, 2017
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Diarrhea is nobody’s friend, whether you’re pregnant or not—but for many moms-to-be, it’s (unfortunately) a pretty common visitor late in pregnancy.

Regardless of whether or not you’re having a baby, diarrhea’s usually caused by changes in your diet, so first start paying attention to what you’ve been eating lately. Try cutting out foods that will leave you running for the bathroom (like prunes) and substituting them for foods that will “bulk up” your poop (like bananas). Most importantly: Don’t forget to hydrate. You need to replenish all the liquid you’re losing.

But if you’re at the end of your third trimester and approaching your due date, then your diarrhea is most likely a pre-labor symptom. Think of it as your body’s natural way of cleaning out and prepping for baby’s big arrival. Of course, if your symptoms become severe, you should see your doctor immediately.

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

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