A lot of things happen in your body right after your baby is born. Your body has changed a lot during pregnancy. She has worked hard to keep your baby safe and healthy. Now that your baby is here, your body is changing again. Some of these changes are physical, such as your breasts filling with milk. Others are emotional, such as feeling extra stress.
Many discomforts and body changes are normal after birth. But sometimes they are signs or symptoms of a health problem that needs treatment. Go to all your postpartum checkups, even if you feel well. These are medical exams done after delivery and after having a baby to make sure you’re recovering. Your checkups will help your healthcare provider detect and treat any conditions. Postpartum care is important because new mothers are at risk of serious and sometimes life-threatening health complications in the days and weeks after giving birth.
Changes in the Postpartum Body
The perineum is the area between the vagina and the rectum. It can stretch and tear during labor and vaginal delivery. It usually hurts after delivery and may be more painful if you have an episiotomy. This is an incision made at the opening of the vagina to help your baby come out.
Postpartum pains are the abdominal cramps you feel as your uterus (womb) returns to its normal size after pregnancy. The cramps should go away within a few days. Right after giving birth, your uterus is round and firm and weighs about 2.5 pounds. About 6 weeks after birth, only 55 g. weighs.
Post Cesarean section
A cesarean delivery is an operation in which your baby is delivered through an incision your doctor made in your abdomen and uterus. Contrary to popular belief, a cesarean is a major abdominal surgery, so your recovery may take some time. You may be really tired for the first few days or weeks after a cesarean because you lost blood during the surgery. The incision in your abdomen can be painful.
- Ask your doctor for pain medication. Consult her before taking any medicine for pain.
- Ask your partner, family and friends to help you with baby and household activities.
- Rest whenever possible. Sleep while your baby sleeps.
- Do not lift anything heavier than your baby.
- Support your belly with pillows while breastfeeding.
- Drink plenty of water to help replace fluids in your body.
After your baby is born, your body gets rid of the blood and tissue inside your womb. This is called vaginal discharge or lochia. The first few days are intense, bright red and may contain blood clots. Over time, the flow becomes less and lighter in color. It may last for several weeks or even a month or longer.
Your breasts swell as they fill with milk. It usually happens a few days after birth. Your breasts may feel tender and sore. The discomfort usually goes away once you start breastfeeding regularly. If you’re not breastfeeding, it can take a few days until your breasts stop making milk, usually within a few days.
- Breastfeed your baby. Try not to miss a feed or spend too long between feedings. Do not skip night feedings.
- Express a small amount of milk from your breast with a breast pump or by hand before feeding your baby.
- Take a warm shower or place warm towels on your breasts to help your milk flow. If your congestion really hurts, put cold packs on your breasts.
- If your breasts leak between feeds, wear nursing pads in your bra to keep your clothes from getting wet.
Many women have swelling in their hands, feet, and face during pregnancy. It is caused by extra fluids in your body. It may take time for the swelling to go away after you deliver your baby.
For faster relief of these swellings:
- Lie on your left side while resting or sleeping.
- Lift your feet up.
- Try to stay cool, wear loose-fitting clothing, and drink lots of water.
The first bowel movement after birth can be delayed to the third or fourth day after birth. Your healthcare provider may prescribe or recommend an over-the-counter stool softener to soften stools and make bowel movements less uncomfortable. Increase fruits, vegetables and whole grains in your diet to keep your bowel movements regular. Also make sure you drink at least 10 to 12 glasses of fluids a day.
In the first few days after birth, you may feel pain or burning when urinating. You may try to urinate but not be able to, or sometimes you may be incontinent. This is called incontinence. It usually goes away as your pelvic muscles get stronger again. If the pain persists, let your doctor know.
This happens often to new mothers, especially at night. It is caused by all the changing hormones in your body after pregnancy.
You’ll lose about 10 pounds right after birth and a little more within the first week. No matter how much weight you lost before getting pregnant, this is a great time to reach a healthy weight. Eating healthy and being active every day helps increase your energy levels and can make you feel better. If you are at a healthy weight, you are less likely to have health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure than if you are overweight or underweight.
Your hair may appear thicker and fuller during pregnancy. This is because high hormone levels in your body cause you to lose less hair during pregnancy. After your baby is born, your hair may fall out. You can even lose hair. Hair loss usually stops within 6 months after birth. Your hair should regain its normal fullness within a year.
If you are not breastfeeding, your period may start again 6 to 8 weeks after giving birth. If you’re breastfeeding, it may not start again for months. Some women do not menstruate again until they stop breastfeeding. When your period returns, it may not be the same as it was before your pregnancy. It may be shorter or longer than it is. Over time, it usually returns to its pre-pregnancy state.
Many healthcare providers recommend waiting 4 to 6 weeks after giving birth to give your body time to heal before having sex. Be careful when you are ready for sex, you can get pregnant before your period starts.
Use an appropriate method of birth control or consult your doctor for advice to ensure you don’t get pregnant again until you’re ready. Birth control prevents you from getting pregnant. Examples of birth control include intrauterine devices, implants, the pill, and condoms. Talk to your doctor about which birth control to use, especially if you’re breastfeeding. Some types of birth control can reduce your milk supply. Breastfeeding is not birth control. The belief that ‘milk protects’ is a completely false urban legend. It does not prevent pregnancy.
Getting Pregnant Again
For most women, it’s best to wait at least 18 months between giving birth and getting pregnant again. Too little time between pregnancies increases your risk of preterm birth. (Before 37 weeks of pregnancy) Premature babies are more likely to experience health problems than term babies. Pregnancy and birth is a very tiring and tiring process for the mother’s body. Your body needs time to fully recover from your last pregnancy before it is ready for your next one.