Hello, I’m Angie and I’m at the eco midwife on Instagram and Facebook. I’ve been in NHS, practicing midwife for the last 10 years and also a health visitor. And here are some of my top tips to help you prepare in pregnancy for the postnatal period.
So one of the most common fears postnatally for many women is all about bowel motion postnatally. Again, this can be a common concern, regardless of which way your baby is born, whether you have a ceasarean birth or whether you have a vaginal birth.
One of the things that can make it far easier to go postnatally with your bowel motions is to put a pad on your perineum between the bottom of your vagina and also the anus, and actually hold yourself there. It will do nothing in terms of physical recovery, but it might just give you that mental reassurance that you can go more easily.
It’s also really important to get your stitches checked again, whether you have stitches in the peritoneal area or whether you have stitches in the abdominal area, because they will check for any signs of infection, any signs of breakdown, and your midwife can then guide you with any further advice that you might need in the postnatal period.
As part of your bowel motion it’s also really important to be able to sit comfortably when you open your bowels, whether you put a stool in place. And also ensure that your stools are nice and soft. So lots of fiber in the postnatal period, lots of fluid and hydration. And just thinking about your diet in the, in the postnatal period, in terms of vegetables and everything else, fruit juice can be a good way of helping your bowel motion in the postnatal period. And of course, if you are put on any opioids, things like coating dihydrocodeine morphine, and it’s also worth asking for some laxatives postnatally.