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Q&A: How Bad Will My First Poop Really Be?

Will I ever poop again? Will it hurt like hell when I do? 

Yes, you’ll poop. If you just delivered, it’s normal to take a day or two (or three) to have a bowel movement, usually due to a combo of weak tummy muscles, soreness, and plain old fear. To be honest, it might hurt. But probably not as much as you fear. And you won’t burst your stitches either. Doing your business just might be a little uncomfortable the first time or two, especially if you have hemorrhoids. What can help:

Stool softeners
The nurse at the hospital may offer these to you. An OTC one, such as Colace, works just fine too.

Lots of fluids and fiber
Drink water and load up on fiber-rich foods, such as green leafy veggies and apples with the skin-on.

Moving
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.

Relaxing
Seriously, try your darndest to relax. Tension (in your head and in your butt) definitely won’t help matters.

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.

Plus, more from The Bump:

When Will My Stitches Be Removed?

How Long Will I Still Look Pregnant?

Crotch Care 101

By Excerpted from The Baby Bump: 100s of Secrets to Surviving Those Nine Long Months