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Tips on Preventing Postpartum Constipation

To be as comfortable as possible after your baby is born, you will want to have normal bowel movements in a timely manner. You donít want that first bowel movement to be delayed for days and days and making you uncomfortable. Discussion and advance planning with your obstetrician can help a lot. He or she may prescribe or recommend something for use in the hospital and during the first days at home. You can be Page 17 conscientious about fluid and fiber intake before and after baby is born. You probably know what works for you. Prune juice, prunes, dried or fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, bran muffins and whole grains are some of the foods that can help. Youíll feel so much better if you donít get constipated.

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