Dear pregnant mothers, there are three kinds of births that you are going through soon. What people don’t tell you though is that the third one is the after birth bowel movement.
Yes, poop. That’s what you are going to give birth to after your baby and placenta. Only we don’t call it giving birth.
This kind of a terrifying innuendo but it’s what you have to face sooner rather than later.
There are multiple factors that would make your first after birth poop more difficult than it used to be.
Some people experience large tearing and may need stitches while others might be recovering from the caesarean section.
Whatever the factor is, you would have ricocheting hormones, a relatively weak pelvic floor and perineum which has been through a quite traumatic expansion to give birth to your newborn.
Committing number two a few days after birth can be normal however, there are a few things you can do to reduce the impact of taking your first after birth poop.
#1 Taking a stool softener can do wonders
There are a few stool softener medications that would be prescribed for you, however, the protocol might differ between centres.
This is not as potent as a laxative such as Dulcolax, however, it can help get things going by moisturising and softening your after birth stool to make it easy to pass.
A laxative, on the other hand, works more forcibly by contracting your intestine and urging you to take a dump.
#2 Try to drink a lot of water. Hydration is the key
Hydration plays an important role in a healthy bowel movement.
Your stool would need a lot of water as your large intestine soaks up a bunch of it.
Hence, the key to making it easy to take after birth poop is to make sure you are taking in a lot of fluid per recommendation.
Some people love to add up some coconut water for the extra electrolytes, minus the additives.
#3 Stock up on fibre-rich foods
It’s no secret that fibre can facilitate number two.
Even if you aren’t pregnant, you should eat lots of fibre-rich foods to maintain a healthy gut.
After birth, your digestive system would be slow, but eventually, as your hormones stabilise, it will become better.
That’s why it’s important for you to take enough fibre-rich foods to solve constipation-related issues.
#4 Reminiscence the way you poop when you are a little
Hunching can help you better.
Get a small step stool. They are designed for children but there is no shame in using such a thing, is there?
Try to lean forward as far as you can while putting your elbow on your knees.
If you are using a squat type toilet, you don’t need to buy any of that.
Sitting while taking a dump can be comfortable but it’s counter to the natural way of eliminating waste.
#5 Like what you did in the labour, control your breathing
Let me clarify. Pushing while doing number two is not specific to postpartum women.
Many of us do it when we are experiencing a bit of technical difficulty of pushing crap out.
That’s why while you were pushing to give birth, sometimes, a tiny or a chunk of stool can just poop out of the backdoor.
Just be gentle especially if you experienced vaginal tearing after birth.
#6 Track your loo’s visit
It’s not weird to do so.
Sometimes, we get frustrated but jotting down your own loo’s visit can help keep track of your bowel movement.
A simple tick, date and time would do. So many things happening after birth, you may have lost track of when your last bathroom visit.
Missing a day might minor, but if it’s three to four days, then that’s quite significant.
If not properly managed, postpartum constipation can cause a much more serious situation like anal fissure or haemorrhoids.
Giving an accurate medical history to the doctor is imperative for your problems.
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