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Barts Health - NHS Trust has very kindly allowed Essential Parent to use its wonderful "Going home - our guide to postnatal care" leaflet to provide the information for many of our articles, including this one.
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Postnatal care 1 - Looking after Mum


Constipation is very common after childbirth. A high fibre diet is important including fresh fruit and vegetables and drinking plenty of fluids can help to prevent constipation. If this is not enough, please see your GP for medications that might help to soften the stool.
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Constipation can be made worse by haemorrhoids (piles). These are very common in women who have just had a baby. Piles can be managed by avoiding constipation, using good hygiene, preparatory creams and stool softeners. Pain relief medication can help.

Occasionally some women have difficulty getting to the toilet in time and may have an accident. If this happens on multiple occasions you should also seek help.

This article is one of many postnatal articles which Barts Health NHS Trust generously allowed Essential Parent to use. These articles come from the excellent Barts “Guide to Postnatal Care at Home”.

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This article is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. Essential Parent has used all reasonable care in compiling the information from leading experts and institutions but makes no warranty as to its accuracy. Consult a doctor or other health care professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. For details click here.