When you're postpartum, it seems like all anyone cares about is the baby. I get it — newborns are squishy and adorable and whatever. Meanwhile, mom is sitting there recovering from serious trauma to her body and worrying about the one thing none of her visitors wants to hear about: that first postpartum poop. I'm sure it's not a big deal to everyone, but enough new moms are freaked out by it to warrant some pieces of postpartum pooping advice.
Pooping has always been problematic for me. Throughout my life, I've dealt with chronic constipation, and pregnancy just exacerbated it. With my daughter, I had thrombosed hemorrhoids that had to be excised the week I delivered her. Because of my lack of regularity, I didn't have my first bowel movement in the hospital... you know, where actual help was available. It was at home, and yeah, it was kinda scary. For my current pregnancy, the hemorrhoids showed up earlier (as in, at 18 weeks), and I had the pleasure of experiencing a post-hemorrhoidectomy poop. It was, in a word, traumatic. Needless to say, I'm more than a little anxious about what's going to happen to my butt after I squeeze out baby número dos.
This time around, however, I have the benefit of lived experience. I've done my research and tried some things out myself, so read on and let my bottom be your guide: