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Urination:

  • You may eliminate large amounts of urine in the first few days after delivery to get rid of excess fliud.
  • Swelling or bruising of the tissue surrounding the bladder or urethra may cause difficulty when urinating.
  • The fear of the sting of urination may also cause difficulty.
  • Pouring water accross your vuvla while on the toilet may help to relieve pain and aid in urination.
  • Contact your healthcare provider if you have any symptoms of a urinary tract infection:
    • Pain when urinating
    • Not empying your bladder when urinating
    • Experiencing an unusually frequent urge to urinate.
  • Because of the stress pregnancy puts on your bladder muscles, you may leak urine when you laugh, cough or strain. Wear sanitary pads and practice kegel exercises to help alleviate this issue.

Constipation:

  • There are many reasons that you may be constipated after delivery:
    • hormones
    • medication
    • dehydration
    • perineal pain
    • decreased physical activity
    • etc...
  • The first bowel movement usually occurs in the first two to three days.
  • Temporary constipation is not harmful aothough it may be leave you with an uncomfortable "full" or "gassy" feeling.
  • A laxitive or stool softner may provide relief from constipation or any hemorrhoids that may develop during and after labor.
    • If you are breast feeding: Consult your healthcare provider before taking any medications.
  • Light exercise, dietary fiber and water can also help to prevent constipation.
    • Walking is a great exercise. Increase your distance and pace based on how you feel - don't push it.
    • Drink six to eight glasses of water each day.
    • Eat foods high in fiber like fruits and vegetables.
  • Talk to your healthcare provider if constipation causes pain or lasts a long period.

Hemorrhoids:

  • Hemorrhoids are stretched or swollen veins in the anus or lower rectum. If you have hemorrhoids, you may notice pain during bowel movements or swelling around the anus.
  • Soaking in a warm tub may help to alleviate discomfort.
  • Talk to your healthcare provider about the use of a topical ointment.
  • Take care to avoid constipation while you have hemorrhoids. Refer to above section.

 

Last Updated: 12/27/2013