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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? 

We’re not going to lie—it might hurt. But probably not as much as you fear. And contrary to what anyone tells you, you won’t burst your stitches either. 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 just plain fear. Doing your business just might be a little uncomfortable the first time or two, especially if you have hemorrhoids. To help get you going and make things easier, there are a few things you can try:

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 hardest to relax. Tension (in your head or 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. 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