Giving birth is the biggest challenge anyone could face. And the struggle doesn’t end there. Your body just gave birth to a human, there is going to be changes that you may not be fully prepared for. The process of pregnancy is finally over but even now, your body needs time to adjust and repair after the whole period of childbirth.
A lot of things happen in the hours and the weeks following the birth of your baby. Whether emotionally or physically, you need time to adjust to the new routines. Albeit most of your attention is going to be on that little one, you will need to give yourself time to heal as well because of the pain your body is going through. In this blog, we have tried to discuss most of the changes your body will go through and how you need to tend to it.
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Since your abdomen was stretched maybe beyond even its limits, to make room for the baby, it’s going to stay swollen for a while. If you had a C-section, the area will seem extra swollen due to the post-delivery stitches. You will also experience a bit of weakness due to the tremendous task your body just performed. It’ll take weeks for the abdomen and uterus to go back to their original size. And even after that if your belly area seems like it’s hanging, that’s okay. You can’t have a slim and smart stomach when your body performs a major task such as being pregnant and giving birth. Go easy on your physique.
If you think your period flow is the worst, postpartum will make you think again. A thick red fluid called ‘lochia’ is going to secrete from your vagina for weeks following delivery. It will contain excess blood, mucus, and amniotic fluid, etc, from the uterus. Some women experience heavier flow than others, but that’s not something to worry about as long as you don’t experience other symptoms. Just be prepared with a lot of pads and keep yourself away from chilly or uncomfortable weather.
Also called post-delivery pains, these contractions will not leave your side for a while even after you’ve given birth. The after-pains are caused mostly due to the release of oxytocin, the same hormone that stimulates labor pains. Oxytocin is released due to the production of breastmilk, so if you’re planning on breastfeeding, you’re going to have to bear with contractions for a while as well. Gently rubbing the back or abdomen helps soothe the pain.
If you deliver vaginally, your perineum is going to feel quite sore, even torn, for a long time. You may not necessarily need stitches to have it fixed, but that doesn’t lessen the pain it’s going through. Try to be gentle while sitting and standing up because it’s going to feel difficult to sit down for a while anyway. Take the help of ice packs to soothe the area and clean up using warm water. Soaking the perineum can help ease your pain a little.
In the case of a Cisserian section, your abdomen is going to be quite sensitive due to the stitches. As a result, you will experience considerable swelling, pain, nausea, and even constipation. Don’t do any hard work and definitely don’t lift even slightly heavy objects; you don’t need those stitches opening up due to the force. If there is any sign of trouble i.e. redness, etc, you need to report it to your doctor immediately to avoid any serious damage to your health.
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Although vaginal discharge will more-or-less increase, you will struggle to discharge anything else from your body for a little while. After the strain of labor pains, and even in a C-section, peeing is going to be a difficult and painful task. In the former, the perineum and bladder will feel too sore to pee comfortably. And in the latter, the removal of the catheter will cause problems in the process. With the use of all the anesthesia during a Cisserian birth, the bowel movements slow down and you may suffer through constipation.
Furthermore, with the pushing and force exerted by your body, you’re going to experience hemorrhoids and a sore rectum. It’s a difficult and testing process. And the only way to a solution is to drink lots of liquids and eat fiber-rich food.
Although your body won’t produce a high amount of milk immediately after birth, it will produce a yellow substance called colostrum, that will help your baby gain vital nutrients and strengthen his/her immune system. The first few hours after birth is when the baby is on high alert, so it’s also the time you need to try breastfeeding for him/her to learn to latch on. It’s not an easy task and you both need to work toward it but under the right practice and guidance, you will get used to it. In order to lessen nipple pain take the help of a lactation consultant to help you get through this period.
Your hormones have never really made your moods be constant. And even now, they’re not going to let you be consistent at feeling things. Adding up to it will be the discomfort of your body and the constant demands of your baby. One second, you feel happy, the next sad, another moment you’ll feel warm and loving and after that irritated. It’s okay, about 70-80% of women go through ‘baby blues’. You don’t need to hide it or be ashamed, confiding into a loved one about how you’re feeling can help a lot in getting through the process.
The perineum sometimes gets torn to a point that it needs to be stitched back together to not cause further damage to the body. In this case, the stitched will need approximately 10-15 days to recover. Clean up the stitched area with the help of warm water that is gently squirted and lightly patted dry. Do not by any chance use toilet paper or rub the area or you might end up irritating and even opening the stitches (we know!).
In the case of a C-section, the healing time varies. For the outer layer, the stitches take about a week to recover. While the inner layer stitches on the muscle can take as long as 3-4 months. You need to take care of the stitched areas and look for any signs of developing infections, i.e. redness, swollen area, high fever, etc.
Whatever the kind of stitches, it is absolutely necessary to be gentle and not indulge in any sudden or hardcore activity or lift any heavy weighted objects. The last thing you need is for your stitches to tear open, which won’t only be tremendously painful but also a huge risk to your health.
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Your body is going to be swollen for quite a while. You may get eager for the swelling to go away, but it is caused due to an excess amount of water and your body is going to hold on to it for a while. This excess is present due to your hormone progesterone, be ready for a lot of trips to the washroom as it is going to leave slowly but gradually in the weeks following pregnancy.
Now, this is a part almost every woman waits for eagerly. But you’re going to have to be patient with it. About 7-13 pounds is lost during birth, depending on your baby’s weight. The amount of weight you lose in the coming months depends upon the baby weight you had gained during pregnancy. Sometimes, women go through a lot of complications during pregnancy and childbirth which caused excess weight gain and even bloating. This can be a very stressful thing to deal with. But you need to not pressure yourself.
Keep your diet on point, try to continue working out after you have recovered from the effects of childbirth and give yourself time. You will get to your ideal weight sooner or later. You gave birth to a human being, give yourself a break from societal or even your own expectations of what you should look like!
Your body just went through its biggest challenge and you’re here in one piece, that should be nothing less than a miracle. Remember to give yourself time, take care of your baby and be among people who support you and care for you. You will hear a lot of people say a lot of things that you won’t be happy with, but that’s just something you need to learn to ignore. The priority is to take care of yourself and your baby and to give your body time and space to heal instead of getting involved in demanding physical activities right away.
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