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Your First Postpartum Poop – 5 Things You Need to Know

First Postpartum Poop: If you had never experienced any issues with your bowel movements before you got pregnant, there are chances that you may experience some changes during your pregnancy! But if you think that your woes may come to an end as soon as you deliver your baby, well, you may be disappointed to know that it may not be so. Many women may experiences challenges as far as the postpartum poop is concerned. This article discusses the first poop woes that most women may face after delivering their baby.

1. Because of the Vaginal Tearing

Most women may be given a cut or incision (also known as episiotomy) between their vaginal and anal areas, to assist the vaginal delivery for widening the birth canal. During a normal delivery, sometimes, women may also experience tearing of the perineum and vulva. All this tearing around the vaginal region may cause pain when a woman tries to pass her the first poop after having a baby.

2. Because of the Swelling

The fortunate ones may not experience any kind of tearing down there. However, there may be swelling after giving birth. This swelling may also cause a lot of pain and discomfort while passing the stool.

3. Because of the Pain in the Stitches

The first poop after C-section can become a task in itself because the mother may experience tenderness and pain at the site of the stitches. She may fear to put pressure to release the bowel because the pressure may cause pain in the stitches too. Also, if she’s had an episiotomy, she may be given stitches for faster healing. These stitches may cause pain too.

4. Because of Dehydration

Water is essential all through your pregnancy and even after birth! Your body will lose fluids during labor and delivery. You should drink ample fluids to replenish your lost fluids. However, if dehydration occurs due to lack of fluids in the body, it can make it difficult for you to pass your first poop or it may become one herculean task.

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5. Because of Lack of Movement

We understand that your body needs to rest and recoup its lost energy after the delivery. Make sure you move around. For this very reason, even women who have had cesarean deliveries are made to move within 24 hours after the surgery. This helps the body to get its normal functions going, however, if you are one lazy bum or too tired to move; you may have to face the brunt of experiencing the pain while pooping.

Tips to Make It Easier

Pregnancy and childbirth may take a toll on your health, but with proper care, you may overcome all the ordeals and even, in this case, you can use some of the following tips and make your first poop easier and less painful experience.

Make sure you take your stool softener medicines religiously. These are prescribed for a reason, and you must take them on time. Failing to do so may cause difficulty in passing the stools.

Whenever you try and make your first attempt to poop after delivery, make sure you have somebody around you. You may be low on energy, and your body may be sore from delivery, and thus you may require help to sit down or get up.

Make sure you drink ample water and eat a good diet. Include fruits and vegetables in your diet. All these will help you in easing out your first bowel movement.

Place your hand on your tummy while putting the pressure. This is because women dread putting pressure thinking that their insides may pop out if they put pressure, especially after a C-section. However, putting some counter pressure may help to feel better, and it may help you to poop.

If after a couple of attempts you will you are not able to pass your first poop, you should get help. Your doctor may prescribe medicines to ease your bowel.

  • Make sure you take your stool softener medicines religiously. These are prescribed for a reason, and you must take them on time. Failing to do so may cause difficulty in passing the stools.
  • Whenever you try and make your first attempt to poop after delivery, make sure you have somebody around you. You may be low on energy, and your body may be sore from delivery, and thus you may require help to sit down or get up.
  • Make sure you drink ample water and eat a good diet. Include fruits and vegetables in your diet. All these will help you in easing out your first bowel movement.
  • Place your hand on your tummy while putting the pressure. This is because women dread putting pressure thinking that their insides may pop out if they put pressure, especially after a C-section. However, putting some counter pressure may help to feel better, and it may help you to poop.

Bowel movements may become tricky for sometime after delivery because of all the reasons that are mentioned above. Keep in mind these tips to ease your bowel movements. If nothing helps, reach out to your doctor!

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