Hello + welcome to this tiny space on the internet! I created this blog (+ changed the name twice since) 14 years ago as a creative outlet from my career in the emergency room as a PA. After spending the past 7 (or so) years on social media outlets, I have decided to delete all of the ones associated with this blog and get back to the heart of blogging.
Post-Partum Poop. I now dread it more than I dread birth. Never thought you would hear that, did ya? I had ZERO issues with this my first go around with Olivia. In fact, I had the opposite problem. So, when I had my second, I was unpleasantly surprised with the pooping issues that plagued me after I gave birth. Also, YES. I am writing about shitting in this blog post. If you don’t shit, you can gladly leave – but we all know you do, so you might as well stay and get educated on pooping after childbirth, Mmmmmm kay? 😉
You may have heard about all the issues that you can have with pooping during pregnancy, but not many people talk about the issues AFTER childbirth. Unfortunately, I developed painful, excruciating (I thought I would dieeeeeeee) fissures after Eliora was born. These little shits (no pun intended) were a huge pain in my ass (also, no pun intended).
((Side note, talking about shit is pretty funny.))
Okay, okay. I’m done making fun. So….what did I do to solve this pooping dilemma? Let me tell you.
First, I cried. For like ever. Because, well……
Then I snapped into action. First things first…..
1.) Drink a lake. Seriously, find the nearest lake and drink all the damn water. Drink water until you actually float away. The more hydrated you are, the better your poop comes out! 😉 This tea is also AMAZING when it comes to relieving constipation.
2.) Fiber. Eat a ton of it. Examples of foods high in fiber include: Pears, Berries, Avocados, Figs, Peas, Brussel Sprouts, Beans, Chickpeas, Nuts, & Quinoa. I took metamucil 1-2 times a day to help increase my fiber intake.
3.) Stool softeners are your friend. I remember when the OB sent me home with colace. “Make sure you take this” she said. Well, I don’t know what happened, but I didn’t take it and what an unbelievable mistake that was……
4.) Relax. It sounds stupid but it’s totally not. You need to relax when using the bathroom. Breathe in and out and relax. Everything will happen a lot easier that way 🙂 Straining will lead to hemorrhoids and if you don’t already have them, trust me, you don’t want them….
*If you don’t already have one, I highly suggest a squatty potty 😉
5.) Exercise. It may not be possible to do much until after your 6 week appointment, but you can still walk! Try to get out there and walk as much as possible! Exercise helps to get things moving!
6.) For hemorrhoids, use sits baths or fill up the tub with warm water (you can also add baking soda) to help ease the pain and itching. This will also help to heal the hemorrhoids a bit faster. You can also use hemorrhoid wipes instead of harsh toilet paper! Use an over the counter hemorrhoid cream or suppository containing hydrocortisone.
7.) Breastmilk. For hemorrhoids and fissures……
Okay, this one is going to sound a bit strange. I haven’t actually tried this myself but I should have since I use BM for everything else. If you have one of those applicators (they give you them with the hemorrhoid cream), please BM on it and insert! You can thank me later 😉
8.) Essential oils. These can also help to heal your butt! Imagine that! You can use lavender to help ease itching and frankincense to help with inflammation. Always dilute with a carrier oil, like coconut oil. You can also call your midwife about these because a lot of them are versed in natural remedies!
9.) For fissures, here are a few tips. Apply petroleum jelly before you have a bowel movements. This will help to lubricate the area so that it doesn’t worsen. You can also use a squatty potty (we actually do own one of these contraptions) to achieve the best squatting position (hahaha, but no seriously…..)
Okay, welp. That’s about all the shit I can think of right now (ha)
If you have any tips or tricks that worked for you. Please let us know in the comments below!