Clarissa Bancroft. stools. August 02nd , 2017.
Light-green colored stool may be because of excess amount of bile juice in the feces. This is not an unusual condition, until the frequency increases. In case of dark green stool, it is observed mostly in babies and toddlers. Other probable causes are too many greens in diet, less absorption of nutrients by the digestive tract, presence of bacteria, and medicine effect.
Stool softeners are the medications that are prescribed for people who experience occasional constipation. Mostly, they are more useful for people who have a history of heart diseases, high blood pressure, hemorrhoids, rectal surgery, or even women who just delivered babies. The working mechanism of stool softeners is simple; they soften the texture of the stool and smoothen the bowel movement. This alleviates the need for straining the muscles of anal region and prevents any damage to the rectum.
It is said that a diet that a pregnant woman follows, influences the color of bowel movement. During pregnancy, doctors often advice women to follow a healthy diet. Having nutritious meals during pregnancy greatly reduces the risk of birth defects in babies. It is very important that a pregnant woman gets adequate vitamins and minerals for a healthy delivery. Pregnant women tend to eat green leafy vegetables like spinach and broccoli as they are jam-packed with essential nutrients. The chlorophyll (green pigment) present in these vegetables is the one that mixes with the fecal matter, causing green bowel movement. In simple words, excess consumption of green veggies is bound to change the stool color, which is usually green.
There are certain precautions that need to be taken while going for stool softeners. If you are pregnant or are planning to get pregnant during the course, then you'd better get your physician's opinion. Also, follow all the instructions that come along with the drug, to avoid any side effects.
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