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First poo after episitomy??

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kittypower Fri 17-Aug-07 23:32:15

I had an episitomy on Monday to deliver my gorgeous little boy but haven't done a poo since, they keep asking me if i had and i am now on laxitives but still nothing. How long was it until your first poo and did it really hurt when it did arrive!!!


MaureenMLove Fri 17-Aug-07 23:37:40

Scary! I found that once I got home, had a nice bath in my own house and a bacon buttie and cuppa, I relaxed iykwim! It was 5 days post baby and no it didn't hurt at all!

notnowbernard Fri 17-Aug-07 23:47:06

Eat loads of stool-softening foods... berries are good but dried apricots are the best! Make sure, they're organic though. Non-organic contain something that can cause trapped wind, apparently. It's not too traumatic, bt the way!

Bubbaloo Fri 17-Aug-07 23:50:48

I had an episiotomy with ds1 and was petrified about going to the loo afterwards that I refused to eat anything with fibre in.After 5 days I did eventually go and it didn't hurt at all.I did have lots of salt baths beforehand though,so I don't know if perhaps that might have helped.

Dior Fri 17-Aug-07 23:52:02

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Spidermama Fri 17-Aug-07 23:54:22

I put glycerine tablets up my bott after every birth. A god send I can tell you. (I tore every time.)

Congratulations by the way.

Spidermama Fri 17-Aug-07 23:54:41

They're called glycerine suppositories.

pooka Fri 17-Aug-07 23:55:19

Was rather worrying at the time. But I managed at about day 3. Did eat dried apricots and tried to drink loads of water too.

Spidermama Sat 18-Aug-07 00:14:02

In all honesty no amount of prunes or dried apricots would have done it for me. I had to make sure that whatever was passing through me was total liquid. FTMI, I know.

TequilaMockinBird Sat 18-Aug-07 00:19:16

I remember being told by my midwife after episiotomy with DD to hold a sanitary towel on the episiotomy whilst having first poo.

Dunno if this actually did anything but it did make me feel a lot better - i was terrified that i would 'split' again

bookthief Sat 18-Aug-07 00:20:31

I think it was about 7 days post-birth and I was on Lactulose. Was petrified but actually it was ok.

Have you had a look at your stitches? If you can bring yourself to inspect the damage it might reassure you that they're probably pretty far away from your anus really.

vole3 Sat 18-Aug-07 16:51:30

Had baby Tuesday night, had '2nd baby' Thursday morning. I had been on lactulose and fibogel and they wouldn't let me go home until the deed was done. Found using a wad of loo paper to support the undercarriage helpful.

Princesspowersparkle Sat 18-Aug-07 22:18:40

Day after giving birth and it was fine. Was a bit nervous but decided to get it out the way at the hospital. Was not as bad as I thought. The chances of you actually splitting are practically non-exsistant. As someone suggested hold a pad on your stitches. TBH I found that normal sitting down/ walking etc was far worse then going to the loo.

SlightlyMadStar Sat 18-Aug-07 22:20:56

I didn't have an epsiotmy - but an extensive 2nd degree.

A tip I was told - and it did work was to take a clean maternity pad and hold it against you fanjo whilst you pass motion. Helps to hold all your bits in

<well not really but it gives you extra reassurance that they won't all fall out IYSWIM>

pointydog Sat 18-Aug-07 22:26:37

A long time ago but if it's any comfort, no it didn't hurt

pobletsmum Sat 18-Aug-07 22:30:22

Sorry this might not be helpful, but I did struggle. Did san towel thing etc. Nobody warned me to eat apricots etc. Day 7 midwife had to call DR to house as I was in agony having not been at all - normally go several times a day so very unusual and scary. Midwife inserted glycerin suppository for me as I was in a state. GP prescribed lactulose. When the deed eventually 'happened' it wasn't so bad. I think I had more trouble cos of nasty piles . Perineal stitches were infected too, so all in all I was a bit of a mess down there.

Next time (am pg again), I will ask for lactulose from GP before labour, and stock up on glycerin supps. I will eat apricots as soon as I leave delivery suite! I'd rather it was all a bit runny than go through that again! (Sorry way TMI!!!!)

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