First Bowel Movement After Birth

First Bowel Movement After Birth
April 16, 2013 CuteCoco

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:

  1. 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.
  2. It’s okay to be very careful about the stitches and don’t hesitate to ask for help.
  3. 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?

*Linking up on IBOT

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Comments (14)

  1. You poor thing! I remember I was terrified to do a poo after my son was born. The painkillers made me constipated so it was hard and I needed to strain. I was relieved once it was all over though. Yuck.

    Found you via #IBOT.

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      CuteCoco 8 years ago was indeed yuck experience 😛

  2. Yep, I remember having the same fear because of not wanting to bust the stitches. It was the worst, anticipating that I was going to tear those stitches but thankfully it didn’t happen. Dave got me some mild, natural laxatives from the chemist and that definitely helped things the next few days. But this really is something no-one ever warns you about before having a baby!

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      CuteCoco 8 years ago

      Yeap..laxatives certainly help! :)

  3. I think this is a GREAT thing to talk about…. but then I talk about a lot worse things on my blog. It has been many, many years since I had a baby… but I can still remember how hard it was to go.

  4. EssentiallyJess 8 years ago

    Yeah that’s not a nice memory is it? I remember being very cautious as well, because I had so much bruising.
    Sorry for the delayed IBOT comment. I’ve had a crazy week! Better late than never though right?

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      CuteCoco 8 years ago

      Yeah Jess! I have been waiting for you! :) Thanks girl, yeap better late than never ^_^b

  5. Hi! Followed you over from The Wondering Brain Blog Hop. I give you a lot of credit for talking about a subject that is normally taboo when discussing having a baby. I had a c-section and don’t remember an issue with 1st bm, but I also honestly didn’t know women could have bm issues after a c-section, I just assumed it was only after a vaginal delivery; so thanks for sharing! Now following you via G+

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      CuteCoco 8 years ago

      Hi Jackie thanks for dropping by. Yes the issue was actually because I wasn’t feeling that strong to hold the pain if I had to get up to go to the loo, while I couldn’t do it in bed either 😛

  6. Amanda 8 years ago

    Oh I can SO relate!! LOL I love your blog! Following now from Show Off Blog Hop. Please come by our page next week for our first EVER blog hop! We would love to have your support. :)


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      CuteCoco 8 years ago

      Hi Amanda went to check you out just now. Lovely blog and definitely I will join the hop!

  7. Jules 8 years ago

    Ugh…..the memories. Thank you so much for joining out Show Off Your Blog Party. I’m one of the co-host….have a great weekend.

    A Dose of Jules

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      CuteCoco 8 years ago

      Hi Jules thanks for dropping by! :)

  8. Jessica 8 years ago

    You’re right! It is taboo to talk about BMs after birth. However, I think it should be worth talking about. My 2nd pregnancy was easy. No tears. My 1st? Yah… not fun! Thanks for stopping by The Show Off Blog Party! Please stop by again next week!

    The Wondering Brain

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