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Pregnancy is the most beautiful change a woman's body goes through. And this process of body-transformation does not stop here. It continues even after child-birth.
But do you know this particular phase, called the post-partum phase, is the time when your body needs almost equal care as it needed during the nine months of pregnancy? Yes, that’s right! And, this is because your body undergoes a lot of changes after you give birth to your baby, and as such, it becomes extremely important for a woman, as well as the people around her, to know and understand about these changes well in time. This will not only help you to stay prepared for the changes that are about to come post pregnancy but will also save you from getting into depression or panic mode.
Listed here are a couple of changes that a woman’s body generally goes through upon child-birth:
LOSS OF HAIR
An average person loses about 100 strands of hair per day! But due to raging hormones, a pregnant woman faces more hair loss, which further goes up after childbirth. No point wasting time in worrying, give time to yourself, take a healthy diet and your body will on its own make up for the lost hair.
This is also called the "Mask of Pregnancy" in common language, which is nothing but usually the tanning around your eyes that you get during your pregnancy phase. Once the child is born, you will notice this tan to fade away. Even the acne that you were facing during pregnancy, will stop erupting within weeks of your child being born.
FLUSHED, SWOLLEN BREASTS
It is but natural since your body is now ready to feed the child. Besides, the baby-suckling will also add up to it. Once natural breastfeeding comes to an end, the breasts will sag due to the stretched skin. Do not worry about this or even for some sort of milk leakage for a few weeks, even if you don't breastfeed. This is a natural process. Lactation takes time to stop. Let it be natural, do not pop pills.
You will light in the abdomen area with the baby already out. Also, that mysterious brown line which is usually seen down the center of the lower abdomen will shortly vanish. But, what will stay longer are those stretch marks. They may change color with time, but they are not going anywhere in near future. We at WishABaby call them 'beauty-marks' since not all women get the pleasure of carrying a baby so beautifully. Let them take time to blend with your skin. And till then, do some Yoga and Eat Healthy to get back in healthy shape as before!
The stretched-abdomen muscles that underwent a lot of strain during pregnancy will take time to get back to their original place and shape. And thus, the back-pain will take a few weeks to go. All you need to do is some light exercise/ Yoga under supervision. Plus, do focus on maintaining the right body posture. Generally, the backache pushes off within six weeks of giving birth. But if it still persists, we would suggest you to visit a medical practitioner.
INCONTINENCE OR DIFFICULTY IN URINATION
Urination goes up and is more frequent with the baby inside you pushing the urethra, thus pushing out urine. And this pressure will kind-of vanish post childbirth. Two things happen due to this:
One - Pressure on the urethra during delivery at times makes urination quite difficult postpartum.
Two - Incontinence or a urinary tract infection is common post child birth which is symptomatic with urination.
Do not worry, your doctor will suggest the right remedy. Avoid popping pills on your own.
Constipation is a common feature prevalent during pregnancy, and it will take a two to three weeks’ time to get back to normal bowel movement post childbirth. Remember, since pregnancy is not magic, so is child-birth. Your body needs time to get back to normalcy.
Piles or hemorrhoids are very common after childbirth, but they tend to disappear completely within a few days. Take plenty of fibrous foods with milk, water, and juices to regulate bowel movement. Again, do not take any medications at will, thinking now the baby is out, so you can attempt self-medication. Remember, you are still feeding the child. Try to treat the issues naturally.
Shortly after delivery, there will be some vaginal discharge, which is mostly blood left out from the uterine lining that held your baby during pregnancy. Do not worry, this is termed LOCHIA and may last for three to four weeks. But if it is tremendous with uncontrolled pain, immediately consult a doctor.
Do not go for an inter-course in this situation. Also if you are breast-feeding, your normal menstrual cycle may not start at a normal time. So consider it to be absolutely normal if your menstrual cycle starts two or three months later.
Your body accumulated extra fluids during pregnancy to nurture the baby and to keep him hydrated. You may thus start experiencing excessive sweating especially during the night after childbirth.
FLUSH OF RAISED ENERGY LEVELS
Pregnancy generally brings in lethargy as the growing fetus consumes all your energy to develop. Hence, once you give birth to your child, you will suddenly experience a flush of hormones that will boost energy levels. But then taking care of the child is very exhaustive, so this will only be temporary! Utilise it well, since some women do complain of getting moody after this flush-of-energy is over. Blame the hormones and not the doctor. Take a healthy diet.
While some women get very irritable after childbirth, others tend to weep a lot. For most women, this situation subsides within 10 days of the delivery, for others it may last longer. However, in case you feel over depressed or too moody for quite an extended period of time, do visit your doctor and get the things checked.