When people find you are pregnant, endless advises pour in from all directions. Everybody starts sharing their own stories and agonies of pregnancy—the morning sickness, the back pain, strange cravings, sleeplessness, fear of birth, labor pain and what not.
During your pregnancy, did anyone warn you about the first postpartum poop? If you thought the torments of pain are over after your delivery, this will make you rethink.
After birth your pelvic floor muscles become weak and tired—these are the same muscles that help you push during labor. This may cause some issues when you are trying to poop. A painful bowel movement is same for all new mothers irrespective of whether they had a c-section or a vaginal delivery.
The pain of pooping isn’t openly discussed, so we are here to make you aware of few things before you visit the bathroom for the first time post delivery.
1. Don’t Attempt To Do It Alone
The nurses may ask you to have your first bowel movement when you are still at the hospital. Listen to them! If you plan to do it alone under
It may sound strange but it is better to have someone there to help you when you relieve yourself.
2. Take A Stool Softener
Some mothers pass the stool a week after their delivery. It is normal and depends on whether your labor was complicated and what you ate in the last few days of your pregnancy.
For a less painful bowel movement, your doctor will prescribe you medications like stool softener or a laxative soon after your delivery. However, if they haven’t, don’t rush to a medical store—consult your doctor before taking any medication.
The earlier you start taking medication, the better you will feel on the toilet seat.
3. Don’t Delay It
Many moms get intimidated by the thought of passing stool—because so much has happened down there, you might fear to get another tear or that your stitches will cut open under pressure.
However, the more you delay, the harder the turd will be. Don’t wait, keep your nurse busy to assist
4. Squat Position Will Help
Keep your legs elevated when you sit on the toilet seat—use a squat potty stool. Bring up your knees, closer to your abdomen. This position of sitting partially into a squat will help in passing out the bowels.
5. Keep Yourself Hydrated
Drink enough water and fluids. Now that you will be breastfeeding, your body will need more water. It will also help loosen the stool and make pooping a less painful affair.
6. Avoid Fatty And Greasy Foods
Avoid sticky foods like cheese and fries and include more fruits and vegetables into your diet. Though you will crave for a cheeseburger now that the baby is out and in your arms, keep the junk aside until your digestive track clears out.
Eating fiber rich diet can definitely help through, though it may take a day or two to show some effect. Vegetables, lentils, Brussels sprouts are your best friends now.
7. Put Counter pressure
Use a clean pad or diaper, soak it in water and freeze it. Using it,
8. Consult The Doctor
If your condition is not improving and the pain is excruciating, contact your doctor. Don’t delay it to the extent where you will regret not going to your doctor early.
To be honest, things may not become easy within a day or two. However, over the days, you will gradually sense improvement.