You may be constipated for the first few weeks after the birth of your
These tips may help you feel better:
- Get some exercise everyday - walking is great
- Drink 8 to 12 glasses of fluids each day - water, juice and warm
liquids may help.
- Eat foods with fiber every day - whole grain breads and cereals,
vegetables, salads and raw fruit are good choices
- Do not hold back when you feel the urge to have a bowel movement.
Listen to your body's cues and respond. You don't have to worry about your
stitches. They will not break when you have a bowel movement.
If you still need help, your healthcare provider may suggest a mild laxative
or a stool softener.