Why is My Poop Green? Causes of Green Poop During Pregnancy


Now as you are pregnant, you may get used to talking about the subject that you earlier used to find a little, in fact a lot embarrassing. Now your talks either revolve around your own poop or your little one’s (after pregnancy). So here, we will discuss more specifically about the green poop, its causes and more importantly, should you be worried about it?

Before directly moving to the green colour of the poop, do you know the reason behind its actual brown colour?

A bright yellow-green liquid is secreted by the liver into the small intestine, called bile. All the fats and fat-soluble vitamins are then absorbed by bile. After the food is progressed to the large intestine, the colour of the bile is changed to brown by the bacteria.

Green Poop (Stool) Causes During Pregnancy

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There are a number of unpleasant causes of the green colour of poop. We will discuss all the significant causes behind the same below:


Giardia is an intestinal infection that is caused by the ingestion of contaminated food or water.


Pseudomembranous colitis

Bacteria C. difficile leads to the inflammation of the colon that is responsible for the outgrowth of other bacteria in the colon, causing an imbalance. Certain medications and antibiotics can cause the overgrowth.

Celiac disease

In this, the body is unable to digest gluten. Gluten is a protein that is found in certain grains. The villi in your intestines is destroyed by the gluten and thus your body can not absorb any nutrients.

Irritable bowel syndrome

Your large intestine is largely affected by this condition, although the causes are still unknown. The contraction of the muscles that are responsible for moving the food around the large intestine for longer than usual, leads to gas, bloating and diarrhea.

Crohn’s disease

Affects a part of the small intestine and the colon.

E. coli

Is found in the feces of animals and humans, which usually comes into the contraction due to contaminated food and water.

Viral gastroenteritis

Which is the common stomach flu caused by the ingestion of contaminated food and water, sharing utensils, food or towels with someone who is already infected.


Intestinal cancer

Blockage of the flow of food caused by tumors in the intestines.

lcerative colitis

An inflammatory bowel disease that leads to ulcers in the digestive tract and also long-lasting inflammation.

Salmonella food poisoning

This one is also caused by contaminated food and water, for instance eating undercooked chicken.

In addition to this, we have also got a list of some of the most common reasons among pregnant women that may be responsible for green poop. These are given as below:


Laxatives make it easier for your food to pass through your digestive system. This in turn gives your bile very less time to turn its colour to brown.

Green foods

Green leafy vegetables are one of the main causes of green poop. Thereby, there is no need for you to be worried about it because we all try to incorporate more green vegetables into our diet, especially at the time of pregnancy. Apart from this, other foods that contain green food dye can also lead to green poop.


Iron-rich foods

Iron-rich foods are a lot beneficial to treat anemia. Thus, iron surprisingly can also cause green poop.

Purple foods

Eating foods that are coloured purple can cause green poops. For instance, eating too many grape popsicles can also lead to this condition.

You see? You not always have to imagine the worst. Sometimes, a little or a major change in your diet can simply be the cause behind your green poop. So, give it a thought before rushing to your doctor. Take stock of everything you have included in your diet in the past few days.

If green poop is something that you are really worried about, take a moment and relax! It does not necessarily have to be something that has to do with serious diseases. Sometimes, green poop can also be a result of these healthy green leafy vegetables and in no chance, you should eliminate these from your diet. However, you can have a talk with your doctor regarding the same so as to maintain a balance of green, purple and other vegetables in your diet.

But, if your poop colour remains green for more than two days, you must contact your doctor and seek his/her help. More importantly, if you experience nausea, diarrhea or bleeding, tell about all of it to your doctor so that he/she can make effective results.

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