Hi Mainemama, welcome to the board! Congratulations with the new kidlet! I'm sorry you are so bloated and uncomfortable. This actually is quite common in post-partum women. My sister is a physician and delivers babies herself, and she just had her second child and is going through the same thing. She's never been irregular her whole life, but after her C-section she got an impaction and hasn't been "regular" since.
My sister takes a dose of Miralax every day, which helps her go more regularly. If you don't want to go the laxative route, you might consider starting a probiotic. These are gut-friendly bacteria preparations designed to reconstitute the normal gut flora. Some brands that people have had success with: Culturelle, Nature's Way Primadophilus, VSL#3, Digestive Advantage...the list goes on and on and if you do a search on this board for "probiotics" you will get more info than you could possibly ever need :)
Sometimes people find that the probiotics cause some initial bloating in the first few days but then things improve. You also might consider taking a fiber supplement like FiberCon, which might help keep things moving along in a timely fashion.
Again, welcome to the board, and I hope you stick around. Are you from Maine? I spent all of my childhood summers there...I want to move there eventually!
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