What is obstipation?

Ostriches have been known to suffer from a condition called “obstructive labor”. They were born with it because they had to walk on two legs to get around. Nowadays, when we think of obstructive labor, we usually picture someone who has a hard time passing gas or having bowel movements.

But what exactly does that mean?

Well, if you’re like most people, you probably don’t want your bowels moving too much. If you do, then you might experience constipation.

In fact, there’s no such thing as a normal amount of stool that needs to pass through your body. There are many different types of stools that vary in size and consistency. Some are soft and easy to pass; others may even feel uncomfortable after passing them. And some stools can be so large that they block the flow of urine out of your bladder altogether!

The problem with all these different kinds of stools is that they can create a situation where you have to go without any kind of regular bowel movement for days or weeks at a time. You might not even realize that something isn’t right until you start experiencing pain while trying to pass stools. Sometimes the discomfort comes on suddenly, sometimes it takes awhile before it starts affecting your life, and other times it doesn’t happen at all.

What can you do about it? Is there a way to prevent this from happening in the first place?

What are the symptoms of obstipation?

Obstruction in the digestive system can happen anywhere from the mouth all the way to the rectum. For a lot of people, the problem is usually located in either the stomach and intestines. If food is being swallowed but passing through the stomach too quickly, then diarrhea results. If food and liquid aren’t being digested in the intestines, then constipation occurs.

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