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..

mummy2lola Thu 03-Jan-13 21:50:20

I was terrified about the first post-episiotomy poo, but actually I just sat there and breathed like I was in labour, which helped!!!! It meant I couldn't get any more piles and I didn't have to strain. Felt great after the first one, and far less scary

Youaresoright Wed 02-Jan-13 14:36:25

Well done OP! After my second baby I had the mantra 'don't think just poo' (and made sure I kept up the lactulose stuff) rather than getting all scared thinking about it and putting it off for days.

tobytoes Tue 01-Jan-13 12:07:24

Its not that bad..i had the same and the thought of going is worse than actually going. I had fybogel which seemed to soften everything up......nice i know.hehe.xx

Glicerine suppositories

sparklekitty Tue 01-Jan-13 11:45:52

Laculose, lots of water, hold a maternity pad on the stitches and take your time. Took me 5 days to work up the courage!

yuletopian99 Tue 01-Jan-13 05:04:18

P.s. Happy New Year! (on that note!)

yuletopian99 Tue 01-Jan-13 05:03:38

Thanks for all the responses! Far far tmi but managed it yesterday, after taking pots of lactulose/dried fruit and using folded pad as suggested it wasn't as awfully painful as I'd feared. Probably the most cautious poo I've had for a long time though...
Think it helped that i asked the community mw where and what exactly my cut & stitches were, so knew it wasn't say a 3rd degree tear to deal with, which gave me confidence.

QueenofNightmares Sun 30-Dec-12 13:14:49

Please don't be afraid to go and be put off by it when I had DD I was 17 and had no idea about piles/constipation I didn't go for 3 weeks and when I did it was like a coke can in all aspects. I was having to hold the loo roll holder for support and was sobbing. I just realize it was wrong not to go for so long. This time around I'll be eating lots of fruit and drinking lots of water, So my advice is don't put it off.

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)

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.

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.

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

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

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

Lactulose, lactulose, lactulose.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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 21:24:56

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 )

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!

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.

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.

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