It's probably safe to say that no one looks forward to going to the bathroom for the first time after giving birth. It can feel scary — nothing is quite the same down there and you may be swollen and tender. But the good news is that it usually goes just fine for most people. Take your time when going to the bathroom and try to relax as much as possible.

It normally takes a few days for the bowels to get moving after you deliver your baby. But you may also have problems with constipation.

Feeling constipated means it's hard to poop and may also hurt. It's especially common if you take iron tablets.

Most of the time, drinking more fluids, eating more fiber-rich foods and moving around are enough to help with constipation. There are also over-the-counter medications that you can use to get things going.

Seek care at a health center or a midwife's clinic if the symptoms don't go away.

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