Post-Pregnancy Health Challenges
pregnancies end at the child's birth, the problems
are not over for the mother. Their bodies experienced
massive changes over the past nine months, and unfortunately,
they cannot go back to normal overnight. As a result,
there are several health risks for many women. Here
is a closer look at what you can experience and how
to deal with them.
giving birth, the most common health issue you will
have to deal with is vaginal discharge. The medical
term for this is lochia, a mixture of blood, mucus,
and uterine tissue. It will start a few days after
the birth and look like your normal menstrual discharge.
The duration of the discharge is for up to eight weeks.
Depending on how bad it is, you will have to use sanitary
pads to keep it from leaking too much. Note that heavy
discharge will be expected in the first few days after
pregnancy but will weaken as time goes by. The primary
way to handle lochia is to simply let your body heal
and insert nothing into your vagina until you reach
most common type of post-pregnancy pain is perineum
pain. While the perineum can stretch a lot, pregnancies
strain this ability to its limit. With the baby's
head emerging from the vagina, it is possible to damage
it, with tearing being the worst-case scenario. Depending
on the circumstances of the birth, perineum pain will
have different levels. For deliveries with no tearing,
the perineum will swell for a few weeks before it
recovers. Tearing will require stitches, and healing
is a lot longer than usual. It would help if you took
extra care of this area after the birth. Recline as
much as possible and avoid leggings, jeans, and other
tight clothes in that area. Applying hot and cold
compresses can help relieve the pain.
possible side effect of pregnancy is urinary incontinence.
Childbirth puts a lot of stress on the pelvic floor
muscles. These muscles are what help control your
bladder. With them in a weak condition, it will be
hard to keep control of your urination. Fortunately,
this only happens in one of four pregnancies. If you
end up suffering from incontinence, there are several
ways to handle it. Using pads
can help prevent embarrassing accidents. However,
the critical thing to do is strengthen your pelvic
muscles again. Do Kegel exercises regularly to have
better control over your bladder. You can expect results
in a few weeks.
another human being growing inside you puts surprising
demands on your body, especially regarding nutrients
and blood sugar. Your body has to adapt again to normal
blood sugar levels. Follow your doctor's instructions
on your diet and medication to return your body to
its pre-pregnancy glucose levels.
Recovering from pregnancy is not easy. It is tough
when you have to take care of your new baby. While
it is essential to give a new child proper care, you
shouldn't forget about yourself. The advice above
should help ensure that you can take care of yourself
and restore your body to its pre-pregnancy health.