asked before but first poo after episiotomy/stitches?

(33 Posts)
yuletopian99 Sat 29-Dec-12 11:01:16

That's it really! Terrified!

Told it's only a small cut but the whole area feels swollen, stiff and NOT what you'd want for going to the loo...

Any advice/tips hugely well received..

SoupDragon Sat 29-Dec-12 11:03:20

It's not as bad as you may think smile I had a third degree tear with DS1 and all was fine, really.

Tweak your diet to ensure you aren't constipated and don't strain. Good luck! grin

lidlqueen Sat 29-Dec-12 11:04:14

take some gentle laxative

hostelgirl74 Sat 29-Dec-12 21:16:32

I took some Fybogel in with me to ease things. I was determined to get one out asap as i knew it would get easier after that but i couldnt do one for ages as i must have got rid of loads at the birth. Lovely.

allnewtaketwo Sat 29-Dec-12 21:18:01

It wasn't as bad as you expect, although I remember feeling like you do. Good luck!

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Sat 29-Dec-12 21:18:13

Wodge of toilet roll and kind of press where your stitches are to support it. It stops the poo stretching your stitches and stops you worrying about tearing.

AnyaKnowIt Germany Sat 29-Dec-12 21:19:02

Have you got a top and tail bowl?

Use that to put your feet on when you are sat down and the loo.

SilveryMoon Sat 29-Dec-12 21:19:26

I had a 2nd degree tear and a cut with ds1.
I used a pad to hold and keep the pressure on my woo as I went to the loo.
I know this sounds really awful blush but I also spent my first poo on the phone to my friend (I have never told her) so that I wouldn't scream or be tempted to push too hard.

Jayne266 Sat 29-Dec-12 21:21:13

I was the same when you feel you need to go don't wait and go and have private time. Lol I took a mag in with me to distract me try not to think about it.

MadCap Sat 29-Dec-12 21:22:38

Ask your midwife to give you a prescription for lactulose and movicol. The longer you leave it, the harder it'll be.

Onetwothreeoops Sat 29-Dec-12 21:24:09

Agree with the maternity pad pressed against all swollen parts. It's really not as bad as you are imagining. Good luck!

NewYearNewBoo Sat 29-Dec-12 21:24:56

I remember the poo fear after stitches with ds2, I made sure to have plenty of fibre and water, when I felt it was time I didn't push or squeeze I just let nature and gravity do their thing and it sort of fell out with out too much discomfort. Good luck (and sorry for the tmi )

fryingpanalley Sat 29-Dec-12 21:25:04

It wasn't that bad for me (second degree tear).
Just don't strain too much, I found it useful to concentrate on reading something like the side of a shampoo bottle in French blush to avoid concentrating or pushing too much.
Dried fruit is your friend. Fig rolls mmmm. And drink loads. And a shower afterwards so you don't have to wipe [shudder] then cool hairdryer to dry your bruised nethers.

NewYearNewBoo Sat 29-Dec-12 21:25:44

Ooh nearly forgot, moist toilet tissue is definitely your friend!

My lovely midwife after DD2 advised me to raise my feet up slightly. It still took a while though!
Drink lots of water and make sure to have plenty of fibre-rich food.

Passmethecrisps Sat 29-Dec-12 21:27:20

I was really scared but it was nowhere near as bad as I thought.

I put witch hazel in the fridge then poured some on a thick maternity pad. As others have said press this against your stitches while pooing. It helps stop the 'everything is falling out' feeling

fryingpanalley Sat 29-Dec-12 21:27:30

Oh yes, the midwife said to me, "don't refuse the stool!" WTF
I think that means, when you need to go, don't put it off.

littlemrssleepy Sat 29-Dec-12 21:28:03

I remember being terrified - & it was a good few days post birth before it came - always wondered if that was psychosomatic. But in the end it was fine. I think I emerged with a big smile on my face and phoned my mum to give her the good news. grin

SarahJinx Sat 29-Dec-12 21:29:46

Lactulose and a warm bath if need be. Mine was horrific, iron tablets = pooing lumps of coal. I cried and gave up three times and then was so desparate, I shat in the bath.

PickleSarnie Sat 29-Dec-12 21:30:23

Lactolose. Lactolose. And more lactolose.

It's really no where near as bad as you think it will be. I was scared my insides would fall out. But they didn't.

Casmama Sat 29-Dec-12 21:32:06

Lactulose, lactulose, lactulose.

umiaisha Sat 29-Dec-12 21:33:46

Sarahjinx - bad experience with iron tablets for me too. Avoid them like the plague!

sittinginthesun Sat 29-Dec-12 21:34:03

I cried for 4 days. sad I was so scared, desperate to go, but couldn't. (3rd degree tear, and v.strong painkillers which made me constipated.

In the end, I managed with lactalose, and a folded over pad. blush oh, and tins of prunes.

WutheringTights Sun 30-Dec-12 12:50:01

I was fine - first poo two days after an episiotomy, forceps delivery and PPH. I just made sure that I drank loads of water, moved around lots in hospital and ate lots of fruit and veg (got through a whole bag of dried apricots in a day). Perhaps I was lucky or maybe it was diet but it didn't hurt at all and stitches were fine.

chocolatecheesecake Sun 30-Dec-12 13:01:59

As other posters have said, a pad pressed on the stitches helps, as does fibre/lactulose; and I would also suggest breathing out to ease the poo out rather than pushing. When I was expecting I was told about "breathing the baby out", practiced whilst pooing and haven't looked back! Much gentler on your wounds than straining. (But did naff all to get ds out smile)

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