Pooping After Giving Birth

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@strawbabies:  lol this does happen. some women dont even know cause the doc hides it from you. trust me, when it comes time to push, it is the last thing on your mind!!! instinct takes over and you just want that baby out! 

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Oldtimer here… in that my kids are all grown.  BUT I thought I’d share a bit… (lol, overshare ???)

I didn’t find it terrifying per se… but I did find it more “difficult” than my regular routine.  I think it is a combo of elements… your body needs fibre, movement / exercise, fluids, etc to make things “run smoothly”. 

When you have a baby, ALL of these elements are disturbed.

You may very well have spent a good deal of time on your back (ie. 12, 24, 36+ hours is not unheard of)… you haven’t been eating much, many of your fluids were given to you interveneously, and taken away by a catheter, and most women will have had their systems “cleaned out” before the baby.  Plus your body’s been on drugs… and some of those will also just naturally end up disrupting your system enough to “slllllow it down”

Now you add in the recent strain of having a baby… maybe some episiotomy stiches… or like in my case some from a CSection… and the idea of “straining” anything is a very real concern.

You also add in the fact that you’ve been on IRON supplements for months… (lol and they don’t call it IRON for nothing)… plus the fact that many women get hemmeroids in the final months of their pregnancy… too much pressure of the baby’s head bearing down on one’s tail end.

And ya, anything going on “downstairs” can be not particularly comfy.

Most Hospitals know and recognize this all as being an issue… so they give you some meds to help the process along (stool softener).  BUT all the same, it is a bit un-nerving that first poop. 

Plus add in the fact, that you usually just want to go home, and settle into a life and routine, and leave the icky hospital behind ASAP.  (You’ve had more than enough… thank.you.very.much)

BUT the Hospital makes it very clear, that they aren’t releasing you home until you’ve actually had a poop.  (Talk about performance anxiety / pressure to perform !!)

And so it goes.

(In reality, in my experience it sounds worse than it is… it is just another element of having a baby… things are definitely better for both Mom & Baby once you get home, and back on familiar turf, and have your Hubby there as part of the team…)

Hope this helps,

 

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Lol, obviously I and purezion:  are talking about 2 different things.  Now I’m not 100% sure which one you were asking about…

 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

oh! sorry! i missed that “after birth” part. lol yes pooping sucks afterward. everything ThisTimeAround said was spot on! i had one vaginal and 2 csections. pooping is no fun after both deliveries. they give you stool softener, which i never used cause i was scared i would be on the toilet all day long. my body thankfully knew this, and didnt try to poop until i was home. yes it hurt, but not as bad as that labor you just went though! easypeasy! lol

 

Post # 8
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Busy bee

@This Time Round:  thank you for you response :). I have no females in my life I’d feel comfortable talking about this to, as I don’t speak with my mother, my Aunty who is like a mother has not been able to have kids due to medical reasons and my nana’s memory is fading a little a bit. It was very informative and helpful. Like OP I’m not pregnant or TTC but it’s nice to know what to expect. 

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@strawbabies:  I found it to be… not as bad as I had expected.  Everything TTR said is right.  It just depends on your birth experience and whether or not (or to what extent) there is ‘trauma’ to your lady bits.  I had a quick labor and only a few stitches, and no IV fluids either- I was allowed to eat and drink as much as I cared to while in labor (which wasn’t that much!)

I actually didn’t need to go for about 2-3 days.  I wasn’t on any pain medication at all, so nothing ‘stopping me up’ really.  I was more nervous than anything.  It didn’t hurt but I didn’t strain either.  Pelvic floor muscles get pretty fatigued between carrying the weight of the baby through pregnancy and then expelling the baby during birth, and there can be pelvic floor trauma too.  I just didn’t want to contract those muscles again for a while! 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

This Time Round and DaneLady have given some great info!

There’s lots of reasons why things might get “slowed down” for day or 2 or 3 after giving birth. Generally, though, the fear is greater than the actual experience.  

I suggest to use a clean, dry facecloth to fold and make a kind of “pad” to use on the flat of your palm, and then hold it firmly against for front-most “lady parts” (vulva and perineum).  That way, as you have the BM you can give counter-pressure to the tender areas and stitches (if you have stitches).  I find this technique really helps allay the fear of “tearing the stitches” which is the concern I hear most often.

Also, lots (and lots, and then some more) water and the stool softeners suggested until things are moving more normally again.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

after birth was pretty painful for me, I had a c-section so any sort of pushing I had to do, hurt like HELL! they gave me a softner but that made things 10x worse! I pretty much couldn’t control it coming out (TMI?) once I started to go so trying to control it by tightening your stomach muscles, again, hurt like hell!

but again, everyone is different as well as everybody’s digestive system!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

There is also a lot you can do to avoid the experience TTR described: many of the hospital routines such as keeping you lying on your back the whole time, hooking you up to IV fluids, not being allowed to eat, having an episiotomy, etc., are not supported by research evidence and in many cases are contraindicated (i.e. they’ve been demonstrated to be potentially harmful. Check out Rebecca Dekker’s Evidence Based Birth blog for more specific info on these topics, if you’re curious, or this Improving Birth post for a quick rundown). You can choose to have your baby in a freestanding birth center where you will have a lot more freedom to eat and drink, move around at will, avoid episiotomy, etc., and your recovery will be correspondingly easier.

If you decide that you want an epidural, you would need to be in a hospital (midwives and freestanding birth centers work with natural unmedicated birth, not anesthetized birth). However, there is still a lot you can do if you have a supportive doctor and you put together a birth plan that says you prefer to avoid the above interventions. There are no guarantees, and some hospitals are much better than others about accommodating variations from their routine (in many cases it comes down to which nurse you get and how willing s/he is to work with your requests). You may have to work really hard to advocate for yourself in a hospital, but things have gotten less restrictive than they were a few decades ago, thankfully.

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Okay, wait a minute here. You poop while you give birth? How is it that I have gotten to be 25 years old and never heard this before? And to be honest, I never even contemplated what pooping after giving birth would be like…Eep! Now I’m even more terrified of the whole process, lol.  

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

@strawbabies:  Lol, I remember being so scared! I didn’t have one for like four days after birth. Then I took one of those handy pain pills the gave me, sprayed some Benzocaine over my area (prescribed because of all of the stitches), and got it done. It wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be! PPs have described why it sucks well, this was just my experience/how I minimized pain.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

@MrsPanda99:  Lol!! Not everyone does– a lot of times they make you stop eating when you go into labor in case something happens and they need to give you an emergency c-section, so there isn’t much in there. But yes, sometimes when you’re pushing you lose control of holding other things in!

Post # 16
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@newlynesting:  I will have to have a c-section for medical reasons (but even if that wasn’t the case, I think I’d still opt for it – there are certain places where I think it would be okay to get stitches, and certain places where it just wouldn’t be okay :p). I am not excited to be pregnant or give birth at all – I’m terrified. This is one reason why we are only having one kid, lol.

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