Ending Postpartum Constipation
Experiencing postpartum constipation is a normal thing to experience as your body recovers from pregnancy and childbirth. Try these 4 tips to relieve constipation after giving birth:
- Walk. Moving your body is likely to move your bowels.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Eat and drink natural laxatives: nectar (prune, pear, apricot), fresh fruits, whole grains and vegetables. Avoid caffeine-containing foods and beverages, such as chocolate, coffee and colas.
- Relax. Don’t worry that passing a bowel movement will pop your stitches. While straining may not be friendly to your hemorrhoids, you can start using your perineal muscles as you did before delivery.