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A 28-year-old female asked:

Ever since i got my first child , i gave birth natural after the stitches every time i go poo i am unable to fully wipe everything out...i get poo on my pantyliner no matter how hard i try to wipe it off. ?

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Dr. Yvette Kratzberg
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Postpartum normal: During pregnancy, the body swells and areas such as the vagina and the anus become more relaxed. It can take up to 6 months for this to return to normal. Try wiping with a wet wipe instead of dry tissue. You can also practice Kegel exercises to tighten your anal sphincter. Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables (fiber) and drink lots of water. This will help keep your stool soft.
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