When you give birth to your baby, he/she becomes your first priority but it is important to know that you should be taking care of yourself too. Here we discuss Postpartum care what you can expect as you recover from a normal delivery. Pregnancy changes body in a number of ways. You can expect physical and emotional changes within yourself after giving birth to your little one.
If you are suffering from a vaginal tear that occurred when your doctor made an incision then you might feel hurt for a few weeks. Extensive tears take more time to heal but you can try a few things to get relief from the pain. You can ease discomfort through sitting on a pillow, cooling the affected area with an ice pack, using warm or cold water (depending on which water soothes you more), taking pain relievers and going to your healthcare provider for a proper checkup and treatment.
You will start shedding superficial mucus membrane that lined your uterus during pregnancy. This vaginal discharge is a mix of membrane and and blood. The color of this discharge will change from red to pinkish brown and then to yellowish white. In start, this discharge is thick but after a few weeks, it will become watery. You should contact your healthcare provider if you have heavy bleeding along with pain and fever.
After delivery, you will feel occasional contractions which resemble menstrual cramps. You will mostly feel these after pains during feeding your baby because of release of hormone oxytocin. When you feel afterpains, your healthcare provider will recommend you over the counter pain reliever.
Pelvic floor muscles which support uterus, bladder and rectum get stretched or injured due to pregnancy, labor and vaginal delivery. This causes leakage of few urine drops while sneezing or coughing. These problems go away in a few weeks but sometimes become long term. You should practice pelvic floor muscles exercises to control and strengthen your bladder.
If you feel pain and swelling near anus during bowel movements, you might be suffering from swollen veins in anus or lower rectum which is called hemorrhoids. You can ease discomfort y applying hemorrhoids cream or try to sit in warm water for 15 minutes at least two or three times in a day. Also eat fiber rich foods such as more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Drink plenty of water.
Hair loss And stretch marks:
Hair growth increases in pregnancy due to elevated hormonal levels but now after delivery, hair loss will occur up to five months. Your stretch marks won’t go away right after delivery but will fade and become lighter with time.
Weight loss: It’s ok if you still look like you are pregnant even after delivering the baby. At the time of birth you lose some weight. You can lose additional weight if you start a healthy diet and exercise regularly after delivery.
Mood changes: Many new moms feel anxious and depressed. Symptoms include mood swings, crying spells, anxiety and difficulty sleeping. The time when you feel such emotions, take good care of yourself and share your feelings with your partner, close friends and family.
You should keep going to your healthcare provider for proper checkups. Your healthcare provider will check your mood and emotional well-being. Talk about any concerns that you have.