Better Bowels

Created on
January 4, 2024

Bowels love routine

Giving your bowels a predictable routine helps them to move regularly. Here are some tips to keep your gut moving if you have been having difficulties having a poo.

Ways to keep your gut moving

What to do to poo

Don't push or strain to poo

Your muscles need to be relaxed to let your body's normal processes push poo through your colon and out of your body. When you strain and pull your stomach in, it actually tightens everything up, so it's much harder to poo. It  makes your whole body more stressed.

Bristol stool chart

Aim for Type 3–4 on the Bristol stool chart - which shouldn't require straining. For an example of the Bristol stool chart click here.

Need a little extra support?

Some women find that simple hand pressure against the perineum (between the vagina and anus) can provide pelvic support when needed.


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