Constipation is a common problem during pregnancy. Delayed passage of bowel contents slow transit is the most common cause of constipation during pregnancy. You may also have constipation or discomfort with bowel movements for a few days after delivery. Your first bowel movement may be painful if you had an episiotomy or tear in your vagina.
Normally, bowel movements will resume within the first few days following your baby's birth. Constipation can occur after having a baby. If you experience postpartum constipation, here are a few suggestions:. A hemorrhoid is a painful swelling of a vein in the rectum. After having a baby - especially after a vaginal delivery - many women develop hemorrhoids. Symptoms include pain, rectal itching, bleeding after having a bowel movement, or a swollen area around the anus.