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Unread 08-17-2017, 04:57 AM
First bowel movement post hysterectomy

Any advice or tricks on having the first bowel movement post surgery?
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Unread 08-17-2017, 05:41 AM
Re: First bowel movement post hysterectomy

and welcome to the other side!

Our bowels tend to be wonky after surgery - anesthesia, a side effect of the meds we're on, and the trauma of surgery all can contribute. It can take anywhere from 3-7 days to make the first BM. A diet high in fiber and magnesium aids in digestion and getting things moving: dark leafy greens, whole grains, fiber cereal, nuts, seeds, fruits (fresh, dried or frozen in smoothies), prune juice, warm liquids like tea, and enough water-water-water to swamp a canoe. Without the extra water, the body is making rocks but is adding nothing to help it flow. Also, when you sit on the throne, prop your feet up. We're built to squat, and having your knees above your hips aligns the colon for emptying. Walking helps too - it doesn't have to be far or long, but the idea is to get up from the easy chair.

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Unread 08-17-2017, 07:41 AM
Re: First bowel movement post hysterectomy

My first bowel movement was on day 6. My smoothie recipe to get things moving includes almond milk, cherries, spinach and ground flaxseeds; other helpful drink choices include peppermint tea, and a glass of warm water with the juice of half a lemon. Dark chocolate and pumpkin seeds are two more excellent sources of magnesium. Another top tip, to get things moving as nature intended, is to squat on the toilet, as Cussette mentioned, right after a meal; this stimulates the gastro-colic reflex, in which the stomach tells the brain that it's full, then the brain tells the colon to empty its contents, to make room for the new stuff coming in. Happy pooping, and best wishes for your continued recovery!
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Unread 08-17-2017, 08:27 AM
First bowel movement post hysterectomy

Mine took about 4 days. If you have IBS, talk to your gastroenterologist because they can give you additional help. Also apple juice really helps!

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