There are 3 Ps of a perfect poo which you should keep in mind during your ablutions! Are you doing any naturally? How do you sit? Do some people in your family take a LONG time in the toilet? Who reads the paper? Should you keep books in the loo? Might you be helping too much?
Do see the video below to learn more about good bowel habits and promote some healthy/unusual/hilarious family discussions!
P for Position
P for Patience
P for don’t Push – rather Pant!
NOTE: This last P got a bit lost in the talk (this was my first talk to a public audience and I got a bit muddled when they showed me the 2 minute warning!). I got to fill in the gap to the audience in the awards bit (they voted it the “peoples choice” which was very encouraging). The danger of a traditional hold-your-breath-push is that you can accidentally tighten your pelvic floor just as the stool is trying to come out. This can cause it to be pinched off midway so you get some out but lots gets left behind in the rectum. You might not be able to feel it there but it goes on giving off gas, making you windy, pressing on the rectum walls, making you uncomfortable, and drying out into small pebbles. Rather open your mouth (which helps relax your pelvic floor) and let out pants or sighs, just as the midwives teach you to pant to deliver your babies head. This allows the poo to come out as one full tube with just a nudge and light pressure from you. Now you really know everything! Do go share!
About to have a baby or just delivered?? Do see the post 10 tips for the first postnatal poos for more ways to help you have comfortable bowel movements.
PS It was a great Public Speaking course – I highly recommend the team at Ginger
** My original title was The Life Changing Magic of Sitting Comfortably.. but it now seems to be known as the 3 Ps talk……