• How to Deal with Constipation After Giving Birth

    Learn what causes constipation post-delivery and how to handle it.

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    “Constipation is commonly due to the patient’s inactivity, decreased intra-abdominal pressure after the delivery and painful perineum,” explains Dr. Abat.  A diet rich in fiber with lots of water will help alleviate the situation. Exert effort to be as physically active as you can after delivery.  If need be, you can ask your doctor about stool softeners or laxatives.  For women who went through a prolonged labor, LBM is usually the main complaint. Kegel exercises can also help; however, if it persists do relay this to your doctor right away.

    Most women tend to be constipated during the first few weeks following delivery. While the last thing you may want is to move your bowels and be reminded of the pain in your perineal area, it is important that you try.

     

    Fill her up: Stay hydrated (prune juice is great for this) and eat fiber-rich foods like oats, corn, green leafy vegetables, and pineapple. For your overall health’s sake, it is best to stay away from junk foods during the entire post-partum period.

     

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