Constipation

Digestion

It may take a few days before your digestion gets back to normal.

After a vaginal delivery, some women are afraid to push and withhold their stools. This may lead to constipation.

Whatever happens, try to maintain a balanced and high fiber diet. If needed, syrup of figs or another laxative may be prescribed.

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Before taking any medication, check with your midwife, doctor and/or pharmacist to make sure they are compatible with breastfeeding.

 

Digestive troubles

Your treatment may possibly upset your digestion, provoking diarrhea or constipation. Diarrhea is marked by liquid stools or more frequent bowel movements (two to four times as often as usual). It may give rise to problems of dehydration or local irritation and be accompanied by stomach cramps.

Constipation

Constipation is a term used most often to refer to the slowing of intestinal transit (less than 3 bowel movements per week), associated with a decrease in the number of stools passed, a somewhat hard consistency, and difficulty passing the stools.

Some tips to reduce constipation:

  • Keep well hydrated (1.5 to 2 liters a day, preferably water)
  • Move, walk
  • Eat fiber (green salad, fruit, vegetables, cereals, etc.)

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Constipation

Constipation is a term used most often to refer to the slowing of intestinal transit (less than 3 bowel movements per week), associated with a decrease in the number of stools passed, a somewhat hard consistency, and difficulty passing the stools.

Some tips to reduce constipation:

  • Keep well hydrated (1.5 to 2 liters a day, preferably water)
  • Move, walk
  • Eat fiber (green salad, fruit, vegetables, cereals, etc.)

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English