More common than you think, postpartum constipation is experienced by at least 20 per cent of women after giving birth.
WORDS CHRISTEL GERALYN GOMES
More common than you think, postpartum constipation is experienced by at least 20 per cent of women after giving birth. However, don’t fret, for the lucky few, the condition resolves itself within days as your hormones stabilise. For the rest, by the end of the six week mark after delivery, at latest, it should have resolved completely on its own.
Postpartum constipation is caused by a few different factors – hormones which affect bowel regularity, drugs or prenatal vitamins that cause constipation or you may be avoiding pushing as hard as you normally would on the toilet because of haemorrhoids or a tender perineum after the stress and pain of pushing during labour.
What you can do
Increase your fibre intake – eat lots of fruits and vegetables as well as ensure you’re getting enough water; no less than eight glasses a day.