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Just Gave Birth A Few Days Ago - No Bowel Movements! Should I Use a Laxative?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 27, 2012 at 3:35 AM

So, I gave birth 5 days ago, but I'm concerned that I haven't had a bowel movement since the first day. I did take two stool softener pills while at the hospital and they were loose stools, but I haven't been able to go since, and it's very frustrating for me since I used to go daily on the clock even during pregnancy. I've been hesitant to use a stool softener such as Collace, but I do have the prescription filled and ready to use. I just hate messing with my gut bacteria that I've been working on for the past couple of months. Should I be concerned? I'm not constipated and feel no urge to go. I'm kinda not looking forward to hard stools since I'm still recovering from a vaginal delivery. (TMI, I know!) Oh, I also have a prescription for a suppository, but obviously I don't wanna do that!! Yuck!! >_< Help? Take prescription laxative/stool softener? Any tips or other ideas to move things along as painlessly as possible???

Cbc1f37f2b79b079b0de479d5365a231

(605)

on July 31, 2012
at 07:25 AM

I second prune juice, however be careful not to overdo it and be aware it can take as much as 24 hours to take effect (maybe longer if you have a lot backed up in there!)... so don't keep drinking just because nothing has happened immediately. Otherwise you might be dealing with some, ahem, very fast and strong reactions, probably not what your body needs right now. I used it in my 1st trimester, about 50-100ml at a time, would take 8-12 hours to work for me.

F9013a3c7944d40c983e955f3cc83627

(320)

on July 27, 2012
at 09:13 PM

I know that I didn't really poop for the first week-ish after I gave birth. And my midwife never mentioned it or asked me if I had pooped or offered me a laxative... I don't know I didnt really think about it. When it finally did happen, it was a non-issue and not memorable. I did have hemorroids though, so I was really sore too. I would honestly just wait for your body to cue the pooping. I'm sure that this is the beauty of our bodies... that would be soo cruel if we were designed to poop everyday after giving birth! hahah... that'd be awful!

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on July 27, 2012
at 05:54 PM

If you're still stopped up in a few weeks And actually feel uncomfortable coffee enemas Are a great, healthy option... Just remember to use Filtered or distille water when brewing.

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on July 27, 2012
at 05:53 PM

Thanks for the congrats and I'm certainly going to enjoy my healthy fats, eggs, and seafood like I did during pregnancy! Liver...errrm....my mother cooked me some, and while it wasn't my favorite, it's better than what I could do!

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on July 27, 2012
at 05:50 PM

I've been curious about those squatty potty thingies! I luckily was GBS negative, so I didn't have to take any antibiotics. I was more worried about ruining my gut bacteria than actually having the baby. =P But, I still want to supplement with a probiotic anyway. Thanks for reminding me about kombucha!! I had a taste during pregnancy and REALLY REALLY wanted some more, but I was paranoid about the teeniest bit of alcohol content in it, especially since I loved it so much, I wanted to drink it like water. I've been enjoying broth and coconut water and started taking my daily magnesium again

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on July 27, 2012
at 05:37 PM

This is the easiest solution I've heard yet, so I'm going to have my husband get me some ASAP!!

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on July 27, 2012
at 05:36 PM

Luckily when I went on the first day, perhaps the stool softeners taken at the hospital were working. It wasn't painful, but they were very loose. I admire you for having a drug-free birth! I COULD NOT do it! >_< I'm kinda sad to hear that pooping won't be the same again for awhile! I kinda enjoy the release. Hahaha. =P

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on July 27, 2012
at 05:33 PM

Hmmm, yes! I'll try that too!

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on July 27, 2012
at 05:33 PM

I'll admit, I'm only concerned that I haven't pooped, and afraid that it will be hard stools when I do eventually!

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on July 27, 2012
at 05:32 PM

Darn, I can't believe it takes that long to get better! Eaap! Yes, I certainly don't want hemorrhoids. I managed to avoid them during pregnancy, so I wouldn't want them, especially now! I'll look into the Miralax, especially since you say it is gentle.

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

(5381)

on July 27, 2012
at 07:41 AM

A magnesium supplement?

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1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

on July 27, 2012
at 12:13 PM

Totally normal, and annoying. I second the suggestion to use a stool under your feet or even better, a squatty potty. In addition, I would get a strong probiotic (garden of life or biokult is good)And lots Of ferments like kombucha, kimchee , and natural pickles. in all likelyhood if you had a hospital birth they probably put antibiotics in your IV to prevent strep B. that can really Mess you up. If you have access or have someone to help you make it, drink lots of warm Home made broth or mate. I also second the suggestion to use magnesium. Maybe drink some coconut water too for other electrolytes like Potassium which can get depleted during labor. And finally, water, water, water! Good for your milk supply and constipation. Mineral Water with a high magnesium count is best.

Good luck an congratulations!!! Eat lots of healthy fats, eggs, Seafood, vitamin D from Sun and supplements, and liver while you are nursing. You'll be rewarded with a healthy baby. ;-)

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on July 27, 2012
at 05:54 PM

If you're still stopped up in a few weeks And actually feel uncomfortable coffee enemas Are a great, healthy option... Just remember to use Filtered or distille water when brewing.

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on July 27, 2012
at 05:50 PM

I've been curious about those squatty potty thingies! I luckily was GBS negative, so I didn't have to take any antibiotics. I was more worried about ruining my gut bacteria than actually having the baby. =P But, I still want to supplement with a probiotic anyway. Thanks for reminding me about kombucha!! I had a taste during pregnancy and REALLY REALLY wanted some more, but I was paranoid about the teeniest bit of alcohol content in it, especially since I loved it so much, I wanted to drink it like water. I've been enjoying broth and coconut water and started taking my daily magnesium again

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on July 27, 2012
at 05:53 PM

Thanks for the congrats and I'm certainly going to enjoy my healthy fats, eggs, and seafood like I did during pregnancy! Liver...errrm....my mother cooked me some, and while it wasn't my favorite, it's better than what I could do!

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C2450eb7fa11b37473599caf93b461ef

on July 27, 2012
at 12:00 PM

Try putting your feet on a small footstool when you're sitting on the toilet, as well.

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on July 27, 2012
at 05:33 PM

Hmmm, yes! I'll try that too!

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F9013a3c7944d40c983e955f3cc83627

on July 27, 2012
at 11:37 AM

I am big on "your body knows what its doing" language. Are you uncomfortable because you haven't pooped... or are just concerned that you haven't?

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on July 27, 2012
at 05:33 PM

I'll admit, I'm only concerned that I haven't pooped, and afraid that it will be hard stools when I do eventually!

F9013a3c7944d40c983e955f3cc83627

(320)

on July 27, 2012
at 09:13 PM

I know that I didn't really poop for the first week-ish after I gave birth. And my midwife never mentioned it or asked me if I had pooped or offered me a laxative... I don't know I didnt really think about it. When it finally did happen, it was a non-issue and not memorable. I did have hemorroids though, so I was really sore too. I would honestly just wait for your body to cue the pooping. I'm sure that this is the beauty of our bodies... that would be soo cruel if we were designed to poop everyday after giving birth! hahah... that'd be awful!

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Da9eabcc9272fdf6bc7d73dd4fd7cd2c

on July 27, 2012
at 06:54 AM

Drinking prune juice worked for me.

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on July 27, 2012
at 05:37 PM

This is the easiest solution I've heard yet, so I'm going to have my husband get me some ASAP!!

Cbc1f37f2b79b079b0de479d5365a231

(605)

on July 31, 2012
at 07:25 AM

I second prune juice, however be careful not to overdo it and be aware it can take as much as 24 hours to take effect (maybe longer if you have a lot backed up in there!)... so don't keep drinking just because nothing has happened immediately. Otherwise you might be dealing with some, ahem, very fast and strong reactions, probably not what your body needs right now. I used it in my 1st trimester, about 50-100ml at a time, would take 8-12 hours to work for me.

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F68896acca010f5f9c0315638e93a38b

(40)

on July 27, 2012
at 04:27 AM

That happened to me also as I didn't take colace pills everyday. My Dr recommended Miralax everyday as its really gentle. It really helped. Take care of it ASAP because hemorroids is really common and really painful. A common effect after pregnancy. I know from experience. Three months to get better.

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on July 27, 2012
at 05:32 PM

Darn, I can't believe it takes that long to get better! Eaap! Yes, I certainly don't want hemorrhoids. I managed to avoid them during pregnancy, so I wouldn't want them, especially now! I'll look into the Miralax, especially since you say it is gentle.

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8d3c422e94817ba453f3c1bc49bfc47e

on July 27, 2012
at 04:21 AM

I can't believe you went on day one, OUCH. I had a natural (drug free) birth, though after I did take Collace and Ibuprophen; my first BM was day 5 which was traumatic enough. My doula recommended drinking a large WARM glass of water after eating a good amount of leafy greens, and I'm pretty sure that is what finally got things moving.

Also, I found the Ina May tip of keeping your jaw completely relaxed really helpful for dealing with the postpartum BM discomfort. However, our little chunk is 8 weeks old now and I still don't get the same joy out of pooping that I used to...

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on July 27, 2012
at 05:36 PM

Luckily when I went on the first day, perhaps the stool softeners taken at the hospital were working. It wasn't painful, but they were very loose. I admire you for having a drug-free birth! I COULD NOT do it! >_< I'm kinda sad to hear that pooping won't be the same again for awhile! I kinda enjoy the release. Hahaha. =P

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