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Pooping Post-Op: How Exercise Can Help!

One of the most common complaints after weight loss surgery is constipation. For most patients, constipation is temporary and doesn't come with any serious consequences.

However, if your constipation persists and you wait too long to do something about it, you may end up with more than you bargained for.

GENERAL RULE: If you haven't pooped in 2-3 days or if you feel pain/discomfort for a few days, contact your doctor.

So many factors and influences affect your ability to go to the bathroom after surgery.

Common Causes of Constipation Post-Op Weight Loss Surgery

  • Overall reduction in the amount of food you're taking in

  • Pain Medications

  • Inadequate Fluid Intake

  • Increase in Supplements

  • Inadequate Fiber Intake

  • Lack of Movement

Let’s talk about that last one: Lack of Movement

Exercise does WAY more than getting the scale to move or toning up your arms - It does WONDERS for the health and function of your internal organs, including your GI tract and digestive system.  

Moving your body not only stimulates your heart and lungs, it gets your gut going too!!  

Exercise, especially cardio, increases blood flow to your intestines.  

More blood flow = stronger intestinal contractions = the more quickly & easily food waste will pass through your body.

Exercise ALSO increases the strength of your abdominal muscles which, believe it or not, play a big role in the function of your digestive system. 

Having abs goes beyond just the look of your body!

Constipation can be uncomfortable to talk but it can be even more uncomfortable to deal with. If you are struggling with constipation, feel free to reach out to me to talk about your daily exercise habits or reach out to your doctor!

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Disclaimer: No content on this site should ever be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinician.


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