First bowel movement after childbirth

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First bowel movement after childbirth

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The first bowel movement after birth can be… well, kind of scary and I understand that. And that goes for whether you’ve had a vaginal birth or a cesarean. And if you’ve had an episiotomy where you were cut and you have stitches, that can even be more scary. Here is the deal. They give you stuff to take that will help you. Make sure you take the stool softeners. Don’t eat things in the first few days that are going to make you constipated and just the fear itself of having the first bowel movement can actually keep you from having the bowel movement. So you need to just relax and let it happen. And when it’s time to go, just don’t push too hard. You have some damage down there, you’re repairing, so just let it happen naturally and you’re going to be just fine.

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Andra is a mom of a 15 month-old, a business owner and a doula. In her free time she loves the outdoors. She enjoys camping with her family in their 1985 old-school motor home, listening to her collection of records, swimming, barbequeing, fishing, boating, shooting guns at the firing range, reading, dancing, doing yoga, and playing music (as she is also a musician and actress). She is a tomboy with a girly flare and very much a free spirit. Her daughter is her heart and soul and truly her very best friend, besides her husband. Her family loves to be together, sharing in spontaneous adventures!

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