5 WAYS TO EASE POSTPARTUM CONSTIPATION
There’s no getting away from it, that first poo be like OUCH! And even after that you’ll probably still suffer with constipation. Thankfully there are a few things you can do to ease its, er, passing… (pardon the pun).
1) How to ease postpartum constipation: Keep hydrated
This is particularly important if you are nursing because some of the water that would normally go to your colon – to help food keep moving – gets used up for milk production. So if you’re breastfeeding aim for 10-12 glasses of water a day. If not, you’ll still need at least 6-8 glasses a day.
2) How to ease postpartum constipation: Eat good food
High-fibre foods can be your best friend during this time. Try to fill up on wholegrain bread, brown rice, fresh fruit and fibre-rich veggies such as broccoli, celery and kale. It’s all good stuff and will aid your recovery in general, while making that first poop all the easier. BONUS!
3) How to ease postpartum constipation: Go for a stroll
If you’re up to it, a short stroll can help loosen your bowels. Bear in mind that if you’ve had a C-Section you may need more rest, but you can ask your doctor or health visitor for their advice.
4) How to ease postpartum constipation: Use bottom spray
Our product of choice is the Natural Birth Company Bottoms Up Soothing Bottom Spray which is included in our Arrival Survival Care Kit. You apply this gentle spray to the perineal area in pregnancy and following childbirth making it perfect for stitches, tears, grazes and haemorrhoids.
5) How to ease postpartum constipation: Seek advice
Always consult your doctor before taking a stool softener. If you’ve had a severe tear (third or fourth degree), you may have already been advised to take one, but it’s best to get the advice from a medical professional.