Constipation: The Taboo Talk About Your Body After Baby


Geez! If only Tammy had known the unspeakable would happen to her body she would have done it all differently…read her story below:

“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 in order 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. I’ve since learned it’s the #1 stool softener brand recommended by doctors and pharmacists and it worked so well for me, I’m not surprised. 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?

We now work with the Purdue Laxative Constipation Crew to make sure no one ever has to experience the discomfort Tammy did.

Also, if you’re a new mom suffering from a bout of occasional constipation, you can log onto for more information on how to relieve constipation, and find healthy recipes and tips.



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