I went 13 days without going. I had a check up and the nurse said to double my lactulose. Following morning and slowly to begging with I started to go. Took about 8 tips over 5-6 hours to clear out and then was back to normal.
I have to say the really old stuff -sorry -was backed up hard and horrible to pass.
Flip, I had no issues with any of 3 cs recoveries. ( pregancy on the other hand 😳) Lots of water and talk to dr about a safe laxative if bf. I took lactulose in pregnancy and it was fab. As difficult as it will be, try to relax. My birthing instructor recommended deep breathing like when you are in labour, relaxing jaw and making a om sound ( I didn’t do last part!) and it helps relax the spincters. (Don’t push) You may be tensing in anticipation of pain and making the problem worse?
I was given 15ml of lactulose twice a day whilst I was in hospital and went home with a bottle of the stuff and continued taking twice a day so i didn't have to strain at all. l continued with the Lactulose for about 3 or 4 weeks.
Hadn’t considered it could be dehydration, I am bf’ing, but I think I’m drinking lots of water - will make a conscious effort to have more though. And thanks will buy some lactulose, not on pain meds anymore - although at first (the dreaded first, 7 days post section) was probably due to all the meds. Just want to be back to normal and thought I would be once I stopped taking them - that was 3 weeks ago