After a bowel movement, wipe from front to back. If you have hemorrhoids, they usually improve in the first days or weeks following delivery. Sitz baths will occasionally give considerable relief. You should relieve constipation by ample intake of fluids each day or, if necessary, take a laxative like Milk of Magnesia. A stool softener, such as psyllium powder (Metamucil) or Colace, may also be used.