5 post pregnancy health issues most new mothers face
Here are some of the most common post-pregnancy issues that most new mothers face, and what to do about them.
While you have gone through a roller coast ride of fluctuating health, emotions and experiences in the past nine months when your baby was growing inside you, the first few weeks and months after the birth can bring in their own set of challenges.
Here are some of the most common post-pregnancy issues that most new moms face, and what to do about it.
5 post pregnancy health issues most new moms face
1. Vaginal bleeding:
Bleeding is a very common issue that a lot of new moms face, and even as you may feel this is your monthly periods back already, in reality, this is your body’s way of removing any remaining tissue and some amount of blood as well.
While it can be a little heavy and uncomfortable in the first few days (or in some cases even weeks) it will gradually reduce and stop. You will most likely not resume your monthly periods for almost the time till you breastfeed exclusively.
Speak to your doctor about this, as they may suggest some safe medicines if the bleeding is too heavy.
2. Breast engorgement:
Even though you may start breastfeeding your baby immediately after birth, many new mothers suffer from breast engorgement and pain.
This is because your body starts producing a lot of milk and your breasts become heavy and swollen with the milk, while your baby cannot drink up all that milk!
Place warm towels on your breasts and massage with a light hand to remove any remaining milk after every feed.
3. Urinary issues:
It is also common to feel a burning sensation, pain or irritation in your urinary area. You may also suffer from urinary incontinence, which means that you may need to urinate very often and with a lot of urgency.
This often happens because the muscles in your pelvic area become loose and stretch out a lot through the months of pregnancy and during the birth.
Doing pelvic exercises will help to strengthen the muscles in your pelvic area and will give you a better control over your urinary issues.
4. Sore and painful nipples:
The first few weeks of breastfeeding, especially if you also have engorged breasts, can cause a lot of soreness and pain in the nipples. This happens also because of cracked nipples and the constant suckling of your little one.
The best natural method is to gently apply virgin coconut oil on the area and massage with light hands.
5. Pain in the vaginal area or lower abdomen:
If you have had a vaginal birth, you can experience pain in the vaginal area. For those who have a c-sec birth, pain in the lower abdomen is common. This is because your uterus is now shrinking back to its original size. This gets better in the first few weeks itself.
Your doctor can give you a safe pain medication if the pain and discomfort are too much.
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