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The Top 5 Tips for Making Your First Postnatal Toilet Trip Easier

Updated: May 20

Yay! You did it, your baby has arrived.

Now comes a new adventure, of your post birth recovery!

One aspect that many new mums might not think about, is the adjustment to going to the toilet after giving birth.

That first postnatal toilet trip, after birth!!

Whether you had a vaginal delivery or a c-section, your body has undergone significant changes.

Postnatal toileting

So here's some tips to make it all less traumatic.

1. Take it Slow. Your body has been through a lot, so give yourself time to heal. Take slow, gentle steps when walking to the bathroom, especially in the first few days after giving birth.

2. Stay Hydrated. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, especially if you're breastfeeding. However, be mindful of much you drink before bedtime to minimize night time bathroom trips.

3. Use a Peri Bottle. After giving birth, using toilet paper may be uncomfortable. Instead, use a peri bottle filled with warm water to clean yourself after using the toilet. Pat dry with a soft cloth or use a gentle patting motion with toilet paper.

4. Try a Sitz Bath. A sitz bath can provide soothing relief for sore perineal muscles. Fill a shallow bathtub with warm water and sit in it for about 10-15 minutes several times a day. Adding Epsom salts or herbal remedies like witch hazel can enhance the healing benefits.

5. Use Stool Softeners. Constipation is common after giving birth, especially if you've had a c-section or are taking pain medications. Talk to your healthcare provider about using stool softeners or gentle laxatives to make bowel movements more comfortable.

6. Practice Pelvic Floor Exercises. Strengthening your pelvic floor muscles can help improve bladder and bowel control after childbirth. But only when you feel ready too!

Pelvic floor exercises after birth

7. Listen to Your Body. Pay attention to your body's signals and take breaks as needed. Don't hesitate to ask for help from your partner, family members, or friends, especially in the early days of recovery.

Navigating bathroom trips after giving birth may feel daunting at first, but with patience, self-care, and the right support, you can it all less stressful.

Remember to prioritize your well-being and reach out to your healthcare provider if you have any concerns or questions.

Plus this will get easier, just be patient with yourself.


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