A: How often are you supposed to have a bowel movement? I’ve heard a little as once a week to three times a day can be normal.
Q: You would not believe how common this question is in medical practice. People really worry about this. The average person will have a bowel movement every 1-2 days; however, if this is not you, it’s not necessarily a cause for alarm.
As long as there has not been a change in the consistency or nature of your bowel habits and as long as you are not having to strain in order to defecate (a sign that you are constipated) then don’t worry too much about keeping up the Joneses.
Dr. Brent Ridge is the health expert for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. You can call and ask him a question live every Tuesday at 2 p.m. Eastern on Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 112 (1.866.675.6675). You can also follow along as he learns to grow his own food and raise goats on his farm in upstate New York by visiting www.beekman1802.com.