There are several physical and emotional changes that mothers experience after childbirth. The first few weeks after the baby has arrived could certainly be annoying and uncomfortable, if not tough.
While your body will be gradually recovering, you may not be your comfortable self. Moms feel exhausted most of the time—there is no doubt that you require ample rest after the grueling process of childbirth.
Through this article, we help you relate to the changes that you may be experiencing in the post-pregnancy phase.
Physical Changes That May Cause Discomfort
This is the most evident change in your body—your baby will breastfeed day and night and your breasts will feel tender and fuller with milk. As you will continue nursing, they will shrink back to some extent and may not feel as heavier.
If you don’t intend to breastfeed your baby or are facing issues like latching problem or insufficient production of milk, consult your midwife or a lactation specialist.
You might also feel a stomach cramp or slight pain in your abdomen while breastfeeding. Many women describe it as the pain during periods. This
Bleeding Post Birth
You will experience bleeding after birth and would have to manage with maternity pads. Bleeding is natural as your body is getting rid of the leftover blood from the uterus, which is called lochia.
For the initial days, the flow will be bright red and heavy—it could happen for 2-6 weeks after the delivery. However, it will eventually reduce.
Take a note if you have a foul-smelling lochia or the bleeding continues to be heavy even after the first week. Inform your doctor as this could be a sign of infection.
The Abdomen Without The Baby
After your baby gets delivered, your abdomen becomes baggy and hangs over your body. Unlike what you may think, your abdomen won’t immediately shrink back to what it looked like before your pregnancy, since you gained a lot of healthy weight during these 9 months.
Once you have recovered and feel that your body is regaining strength, start with light exercises and be
Dealing With Stitches
You would receive stitches if you had a c-section or an episiotomy. The area around the stitches may feel sore and put you in discomfort at times. Your doctor might prescribed pain inhibitors to cope with it.
Make sure you clean the area with warm water and mild soap. If your doctor hasn’t given you the green signal, keep that area dry in case the wound hasn’t healed.
Don’t indulge in physical activities that require you to bend and stretch. Be very gentle while sitting or standing and avoid climbing up and down stairs if it puts pressure on your stitches. Most of the times, they will dissolve once the wound heals, sometimes, they need to be removed at the hospital.
Peeing And Pooping Could Be A Problem
Urinating could become a task and make a mom fret, especially if she has stitches or has soreness down there. Drink lots of fluid to dilute the urine. Talk to your midwife or doctor
Constipation could strike like a nightmare at this point. Moms might fear that it will cause the stitches to cut open—don’t fret, that really doesn’t happen. Don’t push too hard while doing your business. Eat green veggies, fruits, and wheat bread, basically fiber-rich foods. Remember, it is temporary.
Once you become a mother you are expected to express immense love towards your baby. Its perfectly OK to not feel anything at first, you simply have to give yourself some time to adjust to the changes around you. Make sure you and your partner know the symptoms of postnatal depression.
Since the hormonal changes follow even after you have given birth, it is okay to feel excited and joyous one moment and grief-stricken and weepy the other. Don’t refrain from asking for support from your friends and family.
At times, you may likely feel tired and be running out of your energy reserves after birth. These problems could hinder you from enjoying the initial moments of joy with your baby. That is alright, your family is there to take