In new-mommasphere every little thing is always talked about and every little pieces of experience is shared. Every body talks about how incredibly painful it was when the contractions were happening, or how hard it was to push the baby out, or how wonderful it was to finally be able to listen to her cry for the first time. But no one really talks to anybody about how the first bowel movement after birth was like.
I think because it is in grey area no one really wants to talk about it. You may think it’s disgusting but I think first time soon-to-be-moms need to know about this no matter how yucky it is. First bowel movement after birth is part of the ugly truth you don’t want to reveal. Well I am going to reveal mine now. Take a seat and breath
So the story begins when I gave birth to K through normal labor. It was my first pregnancy, first delivery and I was glad I did it naturally. I was indeed very determined to not do the c-section because I wanted to experience the pain and excitement I have had heard all this time from other moms about normal labor. Fast-forwarded to seven days later I still hadn’t defecated and my doctor wrote a prescription of purgative to make me do it.
The reason why I hadn’t done it was because I was too scared that my bowel movement would open up the stitches down there. Forget how I was scared to have to push it; I was even too scared to sit on the toilet seat. Yes I urinated in standing position ha ha how convenient!
However since my grouchy doctor had ordered me to grow up and face it I finally gathered my courage and did it. I bent over and did it, as I was still too worried to fully sit (are you imagining it right now? Oh shame on you! 😛 )
It took me awhile to finally start doing my bowel movement in normal position.
When I gave birth to little A I had to go under the knife because he was too big and around 12 days overdue. This time I had a problem with my c-section stitches. The nurse told me to start moving my leg to right and left after the drug effect had gone. I tried to do it and suddenly felt something inside my stitches was cut loose. It was as if someone was ripping off my tummy with sharp knife. I screamed and begged for painkiller. That night I bled heavily from the stitches and through my Mrs. V. Got two bags of blood transfusion the next day.
It turned out I had gotten hematoma. It wasn’t life threatening but that ordeal had made me stayed in bed longer than I expected. Hence it was too painful for me to start sitting let alone standing. I was on catheter in most days but couldn’t defecate because I was too much in pain to get up from the hospital bed.
The nurse had given me a portable pot so I could do it from my bed. I thought she was nut. There was no way I could ever do it there. But then the doctor gave me two purgatives and because of that I had to forget my pain. Yes, those purgatives had made me jump off my bed and quickly run to the toilet. It was an explosion I must say. The gross part was that because after the urge I was back at feeling pain again I couldn’t move to wash my bottom. A very nice and kind nurse did it for me. I know, yuck!
So here is the message to all first time soon-to-be-moms out there:
- Eat a lot of vegetable, drink a lot of papaya juice (fresh and don’t mix it with water and sugar!) and eat everything high in fiber. Those will help soften your feces and avoid you from having to push hard.
- It’s okay to be very careful about the stitches and don’t hesitate to ask for help.
- Consult your doctor if you still have problem defecating. He may give you some purgatives to help you out.
Okay, now let’s hear some other moms’ experience. How did you do it? Did you find trouble with the first bowel movement after birth?
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