Did anyone suffer with a chronic constipation after giving vaginal birth?

Ragini - posted on 03/15/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Why does constipation after childbirth happen? Well I suffered with chronic constipation after giving birth through vaginal delivery... It was very painful to pass stones. The area below had swollen and would hurt like hell. It was worse than even the labor. I suffered for 5 months. I wonder why I had constipation after child birth. Is it because I was breastfeeding my daughter too often? As for two months she would feed almost all the tme...

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Debbie - posted on 03/24/2010

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My Dr. told me metamucille(sp?) in oj before bed EVERYNITE for 1 to 2 weeks until i was good again...Worked for me...

Jen - posted on 03/15/2010

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i dont think thts why you experience constipation after giving birth hun cus i went through it too n never breastfed mine lasted 6 weeks i was rather scared i was gna tear everything up i had a 3rd degree tear very painful.

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Yes, I had constipation after giving birth, the worst was after my first son. I don't know why...I used witchhazel pads to ease the soreness and took a stool softner daily for about a year (NOT a laxitive!! )... I was also boarderline amemic but the iron pills made it like pooping bricks so I refused to take the suppliments and ate natural sourses of iron like rasins and dried prunes and leafy greens (spinich, kale, etc.) increasing your water intake will help also..Breastfeeding does NOT cause constipation...lack of water and fiber does. Also my DR said that we use the same muscles to push the baby out that we use for a bowl movement so I figure my muscles got strained or something...I had three vaginal deliveries the first weighed 7.5 the second 9.0 and the third 8.12 four years apart but the first one caused the most discomfort with hemroids and constipation after giving birth.

Crissy - posted on 03/24/2010

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constipation after giving birth is very common especially if you are taking pain meds still, use a stool softener drink lots of water.. i had that problem very badly to the point where if i knew i would need to go soon i would take 2 percocet and wait to go until they kicked in and i was taking a double dose of stool softeners every day, it was horrible mine lasted for 6 or 7 mos and then it was off and on for the rest of my sons first year, and while it didn't last as long i suffered with this after my 2nd delivery as well, after doing an activity like giving birth things are bound to be different down there just remember it was all worth it!

Ragini - posted on 03/15/2010

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Thanks to all of you for your answers on why I may be constipated after childbirth. But I consulted the doc and she didnt help me much. She gave me stool softener which was of no use... So i suffered for long. I had more than 4 litres of water and more active than before as I was all by myself taking care of the baby. So I still wonder what was the cause and whats the remedy for constipation after childbirth.

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Sarah - posted on 03/19/2011

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my baby is 5 months old now i still have them i dont know if its a fissures or piles.they hurt like hell i worried if they ever go away i m affraid to have a second child.

Melissa - posted on 03/24/2010

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I have a friend that had constipation issues after giving birth also. She took a product called Herb Lax from Shaklee. It is really cheap, maybe around $6 for like 90 pills, but it is a natural detoxifier in the body and perfectly safe to take if you are still nursing. I have recommended it to a ton of friends, one lady with extreme constipation issues because of major health issues, and she really got help with it. I myself use it as a detoxifier to maintain health. I myself use just 1 tablet per day, but when constipated you can take up to 4 to help relieve that issue. I know a women who needed 8 after delivery, but it worked wonders for her. If you have more questions or where you can get it, I can help you with that...email me at jasmiss123@yahoo.com or you can see it on the website at www.shaklee.net/jason_and_melissa_freeman

Lucy - posted on 03/24/2010

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I stand Corrected ! it has been awhile for me and I had a misconception about what happened to your intestines during labour now I know Thnaks Amy Lea !!!

Get a second opinion never be afraid to do so perhpas your doctor is not taking it seriously enough! if it has been causing you this many issues for that long you need to be frank with her that it is not acceptable. I am very outspoken with any Doctor(I think I am a little bit just plain outspoken) look at what could be causing it enough water over a long term amount of time or even enough fibre in your diet it could be any number of things go over it in detail just to make sure.

Iridescent - posted on 03/15/2010

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Your intestines do not shut down during labor; most women actually develop diarrhea as a precursor to labor to clear them, but not all. Your stomach DOES stop digesting food during labor, but this is not your intestine. During labor you are not given food/drink after being in active labor because if you need a C-Section, they do not want you to aspirate. The risk of vomiting while they perform a C-Section if you eat is pretty high, and aspirating food can make you choke and/or cause pneumonia. The risk is not worth it to the doctors.
http://www.parents.com/pregnancy/giving-...

Now as far as the constipation issue, if you're breastfeeding, are you getting plenty to drink? That's usually the first problem. Also, pain. A lot of women need a stool softener for at least a few days. Third, are you as active as you were prior to delivery? Very unlikely, as you hurt and have a baby attached at the hip now. This also leads to constipation. When you're having problems at all though, you should take measures to correct them, starting with a call to your doctor for his recommendations. A stool softener is generally the first step to get your system moving.

Jennifer - posted on 03/15/2010

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i agree with jen i held on for so long in fear i would do damage, it lasted for ages the dr ended up giving me movocol to help......

Lucy - posted on 03/15/2010

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I can tell you your constipation after giving birth was not due to breast feeding ! I would ask your Doctor personally... I had some issues but it should not have lasted that long for either of you. Your intestines shut down during one part of labour which is why they don't let you eat after a certain point and give you liquids. Eating can cause you to throw up during labour...labour is bad enough with out complitcating it more. if anything the breast feeding shoulda helped you to lose wieght and balence your system out.

Ragini - posted on 03/15/2010

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Thanks Jen! I really wanted to know what causes my constipation after childbirth to happened and was connecting it to breastfeeding.

Melissa - posted on 03/24/2010

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I have a friend that had constipation issues after giving birth also. She took a product called Herb Lax from Shaklee. It is really cheap, maybe around $6 for like 90 pills, but it is a natural detoxifier in the body and perfectly safe to take if you are still nursing. I have recommended it to a ton of friends, one lady with extreme constipation issues because of major health issues, and she really got help with it. I myself use it as a detoxifier to maintain health. I myself use just 1 tablet per day, but when constipated you can take up to 4 to help relieve that issue. I know a women who needed 8 after delivery, but it worked wonders for her. If you have more questions or where you can get it, I can help you with that...email me at jasmiss123@yahoo.com or you can see it on the website at www.shaklee.net/jason_and_melissa_freeman

Lucy - posted on 03/15/2010

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I can tell you your constipation after giving birth was not due to breast feeding ! I would ask your Doctor personally... I had some issues but it should not have lasted that long for either of you. Your intestines shut down during one part of labour which is why they don't let you eat after a certain point and give you liquids. Eating can cause you to throw up during labour...labour is bad enough with out complitcating it more. if anything the breast feeding shoulda helped you to lose wieght and balence your system out.

Ragini - posted on 03/15/2010

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Thanks Jen! I really wanted to know what causes my constipation after childbirth to happened and was connecting it to breastfeeding.

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