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 postpartum poop is concerned. This article discusses the first poop woes that most women may face after delivering their baby.
Why the First Poop after Giving Birth Hurts More Than Labour?
So, what is this hoopla behind the first postpartum poop, well, it is not only one single reason that can be the considered the culprit because there are many reasons that may cause hurt and pain while passing the first stool after giving birth? Here are some common reasons:
1. Because of the Vaginal Tearing
Most women may be given a cut or incision (also known as episiotomy) between their vaginal and anal area, 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 labour 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.
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 caesarean 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.
6. Because of Lack of Fibre
A healthy diet is of prime importance for the mommy-to-be because it is beneficial for her baby and also for her own well-being. And to have smooth bowel movements after the delivery, it is important that you had good fibre rich diet during your last month of pregnancy. High fibre diet not only prevents constipation but it may also help in ensuring smooth bowels after your delivery too.
7. Because of Taking Strong Pain-Killers
As ironical as it may sound, but pain-killer medicines may cause pain too. Have you had a C-section or episiotomy? Your doctor would have prescribed pain-killer medicines. Sometimes, these pain-killers may cause constipation and difficulty in passing the first poop after a C-section. However, doctors may give you stool softeners to ease your poop woes.
8. Because of Weakened Pelvic Floor Muscles and Abdominal Muscles
Your abdominal and pelvic floor muscles loosen up to accommodate your baby. After your baby comes out, these muscles may take some time to go back to its normal position. However, until then, it may cause a problem to you whenever you may want to pass a bowel movement, especially the first one.
9. Because You Are Scared
Believe it or not, sometimes the pain associated with poop is more mental than physical. This is because the mother who has just delivered a baby may still be under emotional stress and trauma. Passing the first poop may be reliving the same experience, and it may become intimidating for the new mommies. You tense up, and your muscles tense up too making the first poop experience even more painful and uncomfortable.
10. Because You Are Delaying It
You may feel scared and may not want to go on the first day or may postpone until the next day, however, you should know that eventually, you will have to pass the stool. The more you delay, the more painful it becomes. Therefore, if you have delayed your first poop, chances are you are going to experience more pain while passing the stool because it tends to get harder.
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 a 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.
- Don’t be afraid to move after delivery and make some attempts to do so. It may seem a bit uncomfortable, but it may help you pass your first stool with lesser discomfort.
- Try and try, until you succeed! Yes, this even holds true in this case. If you fail in your first attempt, you should try after some time and so on, until you finally get over with your first poop ordeal.
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!