If you thought the hard part of pregnancy was giving birth to your child, we have news for you! Passing stool is going to be quite an experience for you after you give birth. Most people don’t really think about their first toilet experience before the time actually comes. If you are one of these unprepared people, don’t worry, we’ve got your back!
Here are a few tips that you can keep in mind for when you will have to face that toilet seat.
1. Don’t delay it
The more you put it off, the harder your stool is to be. A lot of hospitals don’t discharge you until you have passed your first motion. This is more of a suggestion than a rule, but based on the comments of many women, take the stay at the hospital!
2. Stool softeners are your friend
Right after you give birth, start taking in stool softeners, as these will ease out the process a bit.
3. Avoid certain foods
We know you deserve to go on a food binge after what your body just went through, but it is advised that you stay away from food that is hard to digest. These will only cause constipation and it will hurt you so much more.
4. You will need some drugstore products
You can get what you need at the local drugstore, namely, hemorrhoid cream (they can come up during pregnancy or while pushing, and almost always disappear soon after) and witch hazel, a non-stinging astringent. You can easily dab a sore butt with witch hazel, but you can also soak a pad in it and then freeze it.
5. Don’t shy away from a doctor’s appointment
If your stool-passing experience has not gotten better since your first stool or in about a week's time, visit the doctor. There is nothing to be embarrassed about and this will really help you poop comfortably again.
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