With Tori it took two weeks and it was more horrifying than giving birth. With Lucas, I was still at the hospital. Right now, I poop once an hour because of these contractions squeezing me!!!
You need to be taking stool softeners like crazy so it doesn't hurt as much.
Back when mom had me, you weren't allowed to leave the hospital until you pooped. You had to show the nurse! So in those days you shared a room and there were four ladies in the room. One pooped and didn't flush and all four claimed it as theirs throughout the day so they could all go home!!!! Oddly my mom loves telling the story of claiming a strangers poop as her own.
I started a post about this a few days ago and never posted it.
Mine was day 2 or 3, and was remarkably not that bad. After I had DS2 it was DREADFUL.
TAKE STOOL SOFTENERS!!!!!!
I've been 4 times since I gave birth. I've been getting really bad cramps before a bowel movement - like excruciating pain! I can't even stand up. I really hope it doesn't continue.
Make sure when you finally do go, you just keep on spraying warm water over your stitches with your peri bottle as you go, and take deep breaths. Try to push slowly. It is a bit scary with stitches! Good luck.
I've always been fortunate in this area... never had issues. I've been regular everyday since the day I gave birth. No stool softeners either, but I certainly wouldn't hesitate to use them if I thought I needed them!! I did have issues after Aidan, but not the first week. I remember that things were like every other day for the first week or two, and then it started backing up. I would do something "small" every couple days, but then it would back up until after a couple weeks I would have 3-4 BIG ones over a day or two. Then the cycle would repeat. I had that "issue" for a couple months until my body went back to "normal." I never experienced anything with all of my others though. SO THANKFUL!!! With my first I did have an episiotomy. I remember not really wanting to "push" at all. I think I just grabbed a wad of toilet paper and applied pressure to the stiches, so I didn't feel like they were going to break open while I did my business. Maybe that could help!
Hubby just brought home fish n' chips for me. That will often clear me out! Time will tell. I will definitely employ Laurie's toilet paper back pressure trick!
I think Marshall is pooping enough for both of us. I swear DH changed 4 poppy diapers in the night.
It took me a few days this time, but I didn't stitches either. I was still nervous though. The one time I did have stitches I had a BM in the hospital and it was uncomfortable, but using my water bottle with nice warm water did help. As for baby poop, I changed 8 poopy diapers in the first 24 hours! He was and still is a pooping machine!