Re: I’m afraid to poop. I’m scared it’ll hurt and I’ll tear my stitches. Is this normal?
That first post-birth poop is a big source of stress for every new mom. Yes, the tummy muscles that help you go are weakened and the whole area is pretty sore, but the biggest problem is undoubtedly the fear factor. Take a breath -- you won’t split your stitches , and the whole event will probably hurt less than you think. (And definitely less than birthing baby!) Try not to make this into a monumental moment of truth. Tension (in your head and in your butt) definitely won’t help matters. What can help: Stool softeners like Colace, lots of fluids, plenty of fiber and moving around. Don’t overdo it -- a leisurely walk or some gentle Yoga stretches are all you need. A couple of sets of Kegels may stimulate your system as well. If all of that doesn’t produce a poop, ask your practitioner about using a mild laxative. Remember, it’ll get easier with each successive BM. Now go ahead, mom. We know you can do it.