How to Survive Your First Postpartum Poop

How to Survive Your First Postpartum Poop

postpartum May 23, 2024

Let's be real – one of the most dreaded aspects of postpartum recovery is the first bowel movement after delivery. Between the physical discomfort, hormonal changes, and anxiety surrounding the experience, it's no wonder many new moms approach that initial postpartum poop with worry. 

Fortunately, with a little preparation and the right strategies, you can make this experience a little less daunting. Here's a survival guide to help you through your first postpartum poop:

Stay Hydrated and Eat Fiber-Rich Foods

Staying hydrated and eating a diet rich in fiber can help promote regularity and soften stools, making the first postpartum poop a little easier. Drink plenty of water and incorporate high-fiber foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes into your diet.

Consider Stool Softeners

If you're still struggling with constipation, don't hesitate to speak with your healthcare provider about safe stool softener or laxative options. These can help ease the discomfort associated with your first postpartum bowel movement.

Use a Sitz Bath or Cold Compress

A warm sitz bath or applying a cold compress to the perineal area can provide relief from discomfort and promote healing. Follow your healthcare provider's instructions on how to use these aids safely and effectively.

Take Your Time

Rushing or straining during a bowel movement can exacerbate discomfort and potentially cause further injury. Instead, be patient and gentle with yourself. Find a comfortable position, take deep breaths, and allow your body to move naturally.

Go for a Walk

When able, go for short walks around the house or even around the block. Movement such as walking can help move things along. 

Seek Support

If you're experiencing severe pain, bleeding, or other concerning symptoms, don't hesitate to reach out to your healthcare provider for guidance and support.

Remember, the discomfort associated with that first postpartum poop is temporary, and it's a normal part of the recovery process. By following these tips and being kind to yourself, you can navigate this milestone with greater ease and confidence.

You don't have go through postpartum alone. If you want to feel your best mentally and physically after the baby, The Postpartum Shift is for you! 

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Hey mama,

I'm Brooke Miller,

Before becoming a mom, I chronically dieted & thought "eat less, move more" was the healthiest option. I dealt with exhaustion, mood swings, hormone imbalances (not getting a regular cycle), high cholesterol and weight cycling. I felt like something was wrong with me.

Before I got pregnant with my first son, I discovered the balanced nutrition approach I teach inside The Postpartum Shift. Once I implemented the framework, I was energized, gained strength, got my period back, lowered my cholesterol & maintained my healthiest weight. I continued this during my pregnancies & postpartum periods and recovered quickly after birth, made more than enough milk for my babies, had energy (even with the sleep deprivation) & stable mood. Postpartum was really enjoyable.

With a decade of experience as a Registered Dietitian and Certified Lactation Counselor, I created The Postpartum Shift to help moms boost energy, mood, metabolism & milk supply to have a stress-free & enjoyable postpartum experience.




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