Daily Health Tips: Why Is My Stool Black?


Q: Good evening Dr. Thank you for the way you have been helping us out with some health issues. I am 9weeks pregnant and I noticed this morning that my stool is dark in colour. Please what is the cause? Secondly if I eat any food, I throw up immediately, please is there any way i can handle this? Because, I don’t have appetite for any food at all
A: You are most welcome and thank you for your kind words! Congratulations on your pregnancy!
During pregnancy, iron supplements are usually given to ensure that an adequate blood level is maintained during the pregnancy (due to increase need) and prevent anaemia. These supplements can cause the colour of stool to become black. Other side effects include heart burn, constipation or diarrhea, abdominal pain and nausea/vomiting. However, pregnancy itself can cause nausea and vomiting (morning sickness). Morning sickness during…

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