That First Poop After Baby & 9 Other Bathroom Truths No One Tells You

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Sure, you're prepared for labor, but how about what happens after that? When I was pregnant with my first child, people gave me a lot of advice. Well-intentioned strangers told me to get lots of rest. My sister-in-law suggested I hire a night nurse. Friends shared their birth stories in order to scare the crap out of me prepare me for what was to come. Somehow, everyone failed to mention that once I got through the pain of my natural, unmedicated birth, I would then have to weather the discomfort of my stretched-out lady parts -- and that there would be changes that would affect going to bathroom, not just for a day, a week, or even a month.

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Kind of important things to leave out, don't you think?! Thankfully, I'm here to give you the lowdown on your postpartum downtown, specifically with regards to using the loo.

Seriously, there are products you'll need that you've never even heard of before; there are aches and pains you've never felt before. And there are bathroom-related symptoms you may have to deal with long after your baby exits the newborn stage. It's not exactly fun stuff to read about, but knowing it's coming will help you mentally prepare for it, and you'll know that it's all totally normal. (We've been there too!)

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