The Taboo Talk About Your Body After You Have Your Baby

  August 6, 2011  |    Blog

Geez! If only Tammy had known the unspeakable would happen to her body she would have done it all here to find out what it was.

In the first couple weeks after having my twins, I was filled with
emotion. I was thrilled to have brought two amazing little girls into
the world whom I loved more than I thought humanly possible.

At the
same time, I was scared– I didn’t know much about taking care of one
baby, let alone two (Eeks! I even struggled with changing diapers and wondered if I’d ever master a leak-free diaper day!). I was worried about my daughters who were born two
months early and I was sleep deprived as I tried to pump milk around
the clock to provide milk for two babies who weren’t strong enough to
latch on to drink.

As excited as I was to have these incredible creatures, I wasn’t
feeling my best. I was trying to deal with an infected c-section scar
and the other unpleasant things that were going on with my body after
childbirth… yep, those things I’d like to forget… There were my swollen legs, which were filled with so much
fluid that my ankles looked like bowling balls for nearly a month
(these suckers were so heavy that lifting my legs off the floor felt
like a workout!), the
soreness of my chest from that pump pulling on me for countless hours
each day, and then there was the worst part… the constipation.

And by constipation, I mean like nothing I had ever experienced in my
thirty-plus years of life.. . I
know it’s not glamorous to talk about, but as a registered
dietitian I feel it’s my obligation to let other women know that occasional constipation is
normal since nearly everyone whom I have spoken to about this has said
they experienced something similar.

Between the stress of labor, hormonal shifts, surgical incisions and medications given to relieve pain, constipation can occur after childbirth.
For me, after a c-section, I wasn’t able to exercise which helps you stay regular—and a fiber-rich diet and
drinking plenty of water weren’t enough to get back on track–I needed more help.

I needed relief and called the doctor practically in tears. She recommended Colace Capsules and told me it would gently ease my problem. And it worked so well for me! Please note that if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should always ask a healthcare professional before use and only use as directed.

If I have more children, there is no doubt that I will be more on top of occasional constipation
the second time around as I never want to experience that again. And I don’t want anyone else to have to either, for that matter! So, I recommend, as always, eating your fruits, veggies and whole grains for fiber, drinking plenty of water, and exercising (if you get the green light from your doctor). And if it turns out you’re like most women and this still doesn’t do the trick, try taking Colace Capsules.

Have you ever experienced the dreadful situation Tammy went through? What did you do?

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