Dealing with gas/constipation post c-section

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Dealing with gas/constipation post c-section

I remember having horrible gas and constipation after my c-section with DS. What are things I can do to help ease some of that? My hospital wouldn't let me leave till I had tooted (which I think is pretty common for most hospitals). Anything to help with that? I had my c-section around 7 pm and was up the next morning so I know that getting up and mvoing around as soon as possible really helps things get moving but the constipation was just horrible!!

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Stool softeners will help a lot with the constipation, along with lots of water and walking.

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I second the stool softner! They should give them to you while you're in the hospital (atleast mine did) and then take them at home too.

I actually started using them the day before my CS. Also, eat lots is soft foods that are easy to digest and pass and that can help, too.

Unfortunately the gas is terrible and not much you can do there except try to pass it. Moving helps a lot, though.

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Were you on stool softeners last time? If not, then I second trying those. Ask you doctor about it too because you can take much higher doses than what the bottles recommend over the counter. Another option is Miralax but it can cause loose stools. I had horrible constipation after DD1 was born so I think I will probably start using Miralax a week or so before this time. Lots of water and moving around can help too. As for gas, sometime simethicone will help, but it was probably more related to the constipation.

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Ahh the wonderful things they DONT tell you about Csections... LOL!!!

Thanks for the heads up on gas and toots! Wink

I was on stool softeners for about a week or 2 after DS was born so I'm hoping they will give me a script for that again. It really helped.

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"squirrel27" wrote:

Ahh the wonderful things they DONT tell you about Csections... LOL!!!

Thanks for the heads up on gas and toots! Wink

I was on stool softeners for about a week or 2 after DS was born so I'm hoping they will give me a script for that again. It really helped.

Oh yeah, the gas pains in the hospital are a nightmare. I have never wanted to toot so much in my life before!

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I am a post partum nurse, and I can tell you that warm prune juice works wonders for many (if you can tolerate it ; p), also request a Dulcolax suppository, that really helps!!! Like you said walking helps promote function, so doing that with stool softeners and the suppository and staying well hydrated will help. If the gas is really really bad, a Harris Flush will probably be what is offered.

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"hollybell79" wrote:

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I am a post partum nurse, and I can tell you that warm prune juice works wonders for many (if you can tolerate it ; p), also request a Dulcolax suppository, that really helps!!! Like you said walking helps promote function, so doing that with stool softeners and the suppository and staying well hydrated will help. If the gas is really really bad, a Harris Flush will probably be what is offered.

Warm prune juice? I've never heard of this. When do I drink it? Is it literally just prune juice warmed up?

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"VCoates" wrote:

Warm prune juice? I've never heard of this. When do I drink it? Is it literally just prune juice warmed up?

Yes it is just prune juice warmed up. I usually offer it starting day 2, so you are done with your initial 24 hours, and have started eating more regularly and walking. That combined with the stool softener seems to help things along. It does not work for everyone, but works for a lot of people....and people like it because it is "non-invasive" Blum 3

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With my first I had the gas pains and I never tooted in the hospital (nor had a bowel movement) even though it was hospital policy not to let people leave w/out having them, they still let me go. I guess my time was up Lol
Anyway I did ducolax and a few other things that the dr had suggested. One nurse suggested that I eat fast food and I think that is finally what did the trick for me. That food wanted out of my system! It was still pretty painful, but the relief of it being gone was nice.

With my second I never had any problems, right away things were up and moving just like normal! I don't know if it was that I had better doctors, surgery went better (first time turned into an emergency and things got messy) or that afterwards I never took any real pain meds, just tylenol and the first time I was in desperate need of them? But second time I didn't have as much problem as the first.

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i used ginger ale and apple juice mixed together. it helped me pee and have a BM after my c/s.

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I had terrible gas pains with my c/s. DS was born at 8:30pm and the next morning the aids were bringing me meals. I was hungry so I ate thinking that they wouldn't give me food if I shouldn't eat it. Yeah, that was dumb...lol

Anyway, I was watching The Doctors shortly afterwards and Dr. Lisa suggested chewing on gum to help relieve the gas after a c/s. Something about the extra juices and saliva helping to move things along. Normally I don't like the advice she gives, but i figure this one kind of makes sense. Thought I'd pass it along. Couldn't hurt, right?