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What To Expect After A Childbirth ?

What to Expect After Delivery

As your body has gone through many changes before birth, it will go through transitions as you recover from childbirth.

Physically one may experience the following:

Pain at the episiotomy site
An episiotomy is a cut made by your doctor in the perineum area (the area between your vagina and the anus) that is to help deliver the baby or to prevent any tearing. If the area was torn during delivery, the stitches may make you walking or sitting difficult. It also becomes painful when you sneeze or cough during the healing process.

Sore breasts Your breasts may become hard, swollen, and painful for several days as your milk comes in. Your nipples become sore too.

Hemorrhoids Hemorrhoids are common after delivery.

Constipation Your bowel movements become difficult for a few days after childbirth. Hemorrhoids, episiotomies, and sore muscles may cause pain you’re your bowel movements.

Urinary incontinenceYour muscles stretched during delivery that is particularly after a long labor may cause you to leak urine when you sneeze or laugh or may even make it difficult to control bowel movements.

After pains – After giving birth, you may continue experiencing contractions for a few days as your uterus returns to its pre pregnancy size. You will notice these contractions mostly when you are breastfeeding your baby.

Vaginal dischargeImmediately after childbirth, you will notice a bloody discharge heavier than your regular period. Over time, the discharge will fade to yellow or white and then stop completely within one or two months.

Baby bluesEmotionally you may experience “baby blues” such as sadness, irritability, or crying in the days after delivery. These signs found in up to 80percent of new mothers and may be related to hormone changes or your emotional adjustment to the responsibilities caring for your newborn baby. About 10 percent to 25 percent of new mothers experience postpartum depression; this can be a more serious problem.

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