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  • Writer's pictureLeng Zie

Many women unprepared for these changes afterbirth

Updated: Jul 27, 2023


Changes that moms may not be prepared for it.
Many women unprepared for these changes afterbirth



Many things are happening in your body right after you have a baby and moms may not be prepared for it. Some of this changes and discomfort are normal but sometimes they’re signs or symptoms of a health problem that needs treatment. Go to all of your postpartum check-up to make sure you’re recovering well from labour and birth. Usually women who practice prenatal yoga regularly will have a better recovery and some never have back pain. Postnatal yoga is great to helps to heal and restore afterbirth.


Let's find out what are these changes:




Hormones

Some of your hormones go from the highest they ever will be to the lowest, just before delivery to just after childbirth which can contribute to the “baby blues” (mood swings, anxiety, sadness or irritability, which resolve within a week or so of birth) , hair loss, acne, emotion, and night sweats until they return to normal.


Emotions

It’s normal to feel blue sometimes. But if you are feeling a loss of interest in things that used to make you happy, talk with your ob-gyn. Other signs of depression include feeling hopeless or worthless, sleeping more than normal, having trouble paying attention or making decisions Try to look after yourself as well as your new baby and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you feel overwhelmed, anxious or depressed for more than 2 weeks


Breast

To begin with, your breasts will produce a yellowish liquid called colostrum for your baby.

It will swell as they fill with milk usually happens a few days after giving birth. The breasts may feel tender and sore. The discomfort usually goes away once you start breastfeeding regularly.


Lochia

Bleeding from your vagina after giving birth vaginally or by c-section, which will be quite heavy at first. This will carry on for a few weeks and will gradually turn a brownish colour and decrease until it finally stops.


Your perineum

The area between your vagina and rectum. It stretches and may tear during labor and vaginal birth. It’s often sore, swollen and bruised after giving birth, and it may be more sore if you have an episiotomy.


Pelvic floor muscles and bladder control

Regardless of normal vaginal delivery, vaginal delivery with medical assistance or caesarean it can affect the pelvic floor muscles. The process of pregnancy and delivery can weaken the muscles needed for bladder control and can damage bladder nerves and supportive tissue. These symptoms of childbirth like urinary incontinence and accidental bowel leakage usually go away after a few months but in serous case it could lead to a dropped (prolapsed) pelvic floor, it’s recommended to seek professional advise or help.


Involution

Women may experience cramping pain and discomfort following the birth of their baby, as the uterus contracts to shrink down to its original size,n prevent you from bleeding too much after giving birth and returns to its normal pre-pregnancy size.


Abdomen

As your uterus contracts back to size, many women feel abdominal aches and flutters (somewhat akin to menstrual cramps) that grow more pronounce during breastfeeding.

Similarly, a C-section means a puffy belly and painful incision but most moms who practice yoga regulary during pregnancy heal faster.


Back pain

The abdominal muscles are stretched for months during pregnancy and it will take some time for it to become strong again to hold the body again, your body is putting extra weight on the muscles of your back and this can lead to back pain.





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