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defecationthe elimination of faeces from the alimentary canal via the anus, a process requiring rhythmic contraction of the smooth muscle of the gut wall (under autonomic control) and relaxation of the striated muscle of the anal SPHINCTER under voluntary control.
Patient discussion about defecation
Q. Can pregnancy cause an increase in bowel movements? After very long years now I am 7 wks pregnant with my first child and I have noticed that I'm having more frequent bowel movements during this pregnancy. They are neither loose nor hard out of the ordinary. My husband is little bit afraid of what’s happening with me. I too fear of it. I don’t want to loose him. Has anyone else experienced this, and is this normal? Can pregnancy cause an increase in bowel movements?