You may have some difficulty urinating for a day or two after
delivery. Your first bowel movement may be quite painful if you have had an
incision (episiotomy) or a tear in your vagina. You may also have
constipation or discomfort with bowel movements for a few days after delivery.
Drink plenty of water and juices and take stool softeners to help soften stools
and ease pain.
In the days, and sometimes weeks, after delivery, it is common to
urinate more than usual. Your body is ridding itself of the extra fluid from
pregnancy. Some women also sweat heavily as they lose their extra fluid.
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