Sooo, turns out I was even further along than the Dr first thought AND I went into preterm labor. Long story short, our baby girl arrived 72 days after we found out we were pregnant, at 36.5 wks gestation, after 4.5 hours of labor and without any medication. So far baby is doing spectacularly! Mom, on the other hand, isn’t bouncing back so well…
I have two words for you- postpartum constipation. Loads of us ladies suffer, and I do mean suffer, from a sluggish digestive tract after having a baby. General soreness, episiotomies, a decrease in physical activity, and hemorrhoids can all contribute to postpartum constipation. Y’all- it took a WEEK after baby was born to have a bm, and then I didn’t go to the bathroom a week after that! No amount of Miralax, stool softeners, water, or fiber-rich foods helped in the least. I was desperate for a breastfeeding-safe, gentle method of relief. What DID work was warm prune juice, but that is absolutely disgusting, like drinking raisin spit. In desperation I turned to the internet. Ecosia, the search engine I use, didn’t turn up much, but it did bring up a recipe in a 7 yr old comment from Ellie on Yahoo answers, on which I have based my recipe.
Prune Oatmeal cookies, aka The Dookie Cookie, don’t sound very tasty but they surprisingly are! If you like oatmeal raisin you’ll like these- I think these are even better than oatmeal raisin cookies, honestly. They’re yummy, come together very quickly, & freeze great. You can make them in bar or cookie form, though in cookie form they spread out very thin- watch them closely in the oven! In bar form they raised MUCH better and were softer. Personally, I LOVE crunchy cookies, so I preferred them in that form. The recipe is easily halved or doubled.
- 1 C Butter, softened (I sub 1/2 C of the butter with coconut oil)
- 1 C Packed Brown Sugar (I cut back to 3/4 c because they are very sweet)
- 2 Eggs
- 1/2 C Prune Juice
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 2 C Flour
- 2 C Rolled Oats
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 C Chopped Prunes or Raisins
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Cream together butter & sugar until fluffy
- Beat in eggs, prune juice, and vanilla
- Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, & cinnamon
- Gradually add flour mixture to wet ingredients
- Stir in oats and fruit
- Drop by heaping teaspoons about 2.5″ apart on greased baking sheet, or press dough evenly into greased 13×9″ pan.
- Bake 10-12 minutes for cookies, 18-23 minutes for bars.
- Remove from oven, let cool for a couple of minutes, then cut into bars.
Enjoy a few yummy treats and in a couple of hours you should experience the benefits of The Dookie Cookie. I haven’t experienced any nausea, bloating, or cramping using prunes as a remedy, just gentle relief.
Mamas, what is your Go-To for constipation relief?