After the delivery of your baby, you may experience post-pregnancy body changes that you were not expecting. The nine months of pregnancy cause your body to change in many ways and once your baby is born it takes time to recover. You were probably so focused on preparing for the birth that you may have spent less time thinking about what would happen to your body afterward.
Your womb has to shrink back to pre-pregnancy size, you will usually bleed for a few weeks and vaginal soreness is common. You may have experienced tears during the birth and have a few stitches. All your lady parts feel sore and swollen. Your breasts start filling with milk and can become very full and painful.
Leaking of urine and constipation are other common problems. You are likely to have the ‘baby blues’ a day or two after the birth due to hormonal changes but your emotions soon stabilize. A few mothers may experience more serious postnatal depression.
Most of what your body goes through after birth is part of the natural process of healing and returning to its pre-pregnancy state. It needs time to heal. The more you rest and look after yourself, the quicker you will heal. When you have a new baby, this is hard but not impossible. While healing takes place, symptoms can often be treated using simple, natural remedies. Here are 15 of the issues you may experience after a vaginal birth and some handy ways to deal with them.
1. Bleeding and discharge
Every new mother bleeds after having a baby. At first, the blood is bright red and you may see some clots. You may bleed for only two or three weeks but it can last for as long as six weeks. It tapers off gradually, changing in color from red to pink and then to brown and yellow as it does so. You need to see your doctor if you’re passing clots bigger than a plum tomato or soaking through more than one pad an hour.
It is better not to use tampons at this time when your uterus is healing because it’s possible that they can carry bacteria. Rather wear extra-maxi pads. Overlapping two pads or putting them side-by-side will offer more protection. It doesn’t hurt to have some extra padding down there at a time when you are feeling tender. You can even use pads designed specifically for urinary incontinence because they are usually bigger and more absorbent.
Overflow can be a problem, despite doubling up on pads. Mesh undies are easily disposable and readily available in the hospital. Take a few home or buy some online. They come in handy because you can just throw them out instead of adding them to your laundry pile. Another helpful item is a waterproof mattress pad that protects your mattress when nighttime leaks occur.
If your blood flow has subsided but it goes back to being heavy and red again, it could be a sign that you are overdoing it. Perhaps you have tried to do too much exercise too quickly. The best way to handle this is to rest more and see if it helps. If you don’t rest enough, your body takes much longer to heal.