Let's Talk About Poop - Tips and Tricks for Navigating the First Bowel Movement Postpartum

There's a lot of topics that many new parents just try to not think about because it feels too overwhelming and one of those is that First Poop after birth. For many, just that thought can be daunting and anxiety-inducing. However, with some preparation and gentle care, it doesn't have to be so bad.

Here are some tips and tricks to help navigate the first postpartum poop:

  1. Stay Hydrated: Adequate hydration is crucial during postpartum recovery. It can help soften stools, making bowel movements easier. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep yourself hydrated.

  2. Fiber-Rich Diet: Incorporate high-fiber foods into your meals. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes can add bulk to your stool, making it easier to pass. However, introduce these foods gradually to prevent bloating or discomfort.

  3. Stool Softeners or Laxatives: Your healthcare provider might recommend stool softeners or gentle laxatives to make bowel movements more comfortable. Always consult your doctor before taking any medication.

  4. Posture Matters: Sitting on the toilet properly can make a difference. Use a small stool or place your feet on a low surface to raise your knees above your hips. This position, often referred to as the "squatting position," can make elimination easier. A Squatty Potty is a great investment!

  5. Relaxation Techniques: Stress and tension can make things more difficult. Practice deep breathing exercises or relaxation techniques to ease anxiety and help your body relax during the process.

  6. Wait until you Need to Poop: Don't try to force it. Wait until it is ready.

  7. Gentle Movement: Light physical activity like short walks can stimulate bowel movements naturally. Moving around can help get your digestive system back on track. The bellies inc. Core Confidence Program is a great way to incorporate gentle healing movement.

  8. Perineal Care: If you've had a vaginal delivery, you might be experiencing discomfort in the perineal area. Use warm water or a peri bottle to cleanse the area after using the toilet. Pat dry gently with a soft towel to avoid irritation. Doing a sitz bath with our Peri Herbs after your poop will help your comfort. The Care for Down There Kit is an essential!

  9. Stay Regular: Once you've successfully passed the first postpartum stool, try to maintain regular bowel habits by continuing a healthy diet, staying hydrated, and being physically active.

  10. Seek Medical Advice If Needed: If you experience severe pain, bleeding, or prolonged constipation, don't hesitate to contact your healthcare provider. They can provide guidance and support to ensure your recovery goes smoothly.

Remember, each person's postpartum experience is unique, and what works for one individual may not work for another. Don't hesitate to seek help or advice from healthcare professionals or support groups if you're feeling overwhelmed or unsure.

The first postpartum poop might seem intimidating, but with patience, proper care, and a few adjustments, it can be a manageable part of your post-delivery recovery. Be kind to yourself during this period and focus on your well-being as you navigate this new phase of motherhood.