Preparing yourself for the Postpartum Challenges

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Preparing yourself for the Postpartum Challenges

Preparing yourself for the Postpartum Challenges

The nine months wait is over and the baby is finally here!

It is indeed the longest and most anxious wait in a women’s life turning her towards a new overwhelming as well as demanding relationship of motherhood. During your pregnancy you faced emotional, and physical changes in yourself, the same is applicable to the post delivery phase. It is equally crucial as the pregnancy phase. It takes time and profound energy to get adjusted to the new member in the family with everything revolving around the baby and least attention towards the mother. This is not intentional but rather situational.

The negligence towards mother’s health during this phase could lead to long term problems for the mother. If you are prepared well in advance about the challenges you might face, it would help you and your family address those better. Let us look at some of the common postpartum challenges :

  1. Infections

Post delivery, a woman is susceptible to infections in uterine, bladder, and kidney. Symptoms such as high fever, swollen uterus, pain in lower back, painful urination, etc. should not be ignored and a doctor should be consulted immediately.

  1. Depression

A woman’s body goes through a lot of physical and emotional pressure during and post pregnancy phases. The postpartum depression usually comes with poor rest, stress and the pressure of enhanced responsibilities. This is further worsened by the abnormal sleep cycles, and unfulfilled demands of the body. This situation can be saved if the new mother gets full emotional support from the family. But if the depression brings lack of interest in your baby and your new life then it is better to consult a psychologist, though the best way is to communicate better with your partner and relieve yourself from the stress.

  1. Pain in perineal area

It is quite common to have pain in the perineum area if the delivery has happened through vagina. The perineum is the area between rectum and vagina. It is possible that during the delivery process, some tissues might have got ruptured leading to the pain in the area. This discomfort should gradually reduce with time but one should take special care to avoid any further rupture. Doctors recommend, sitting on a doughnut shaped pillow, doing kegel exercises to strengthen the muscles, and ensuring good hygiene.

If the pain is still there after few weeks from delivery, it is recommended to consult your doctor.

  1. Bladder prolapsed

The delivery process can weaken your pelvic muscles leading to shifting of bladder, uterus or bowel. If you feel urinary incontinence, and heaviness in the vaginal area, then you should inform the doctor. Doctors recommend to get started with kegel exercises at first and then try other medications for curing this over a period of time.

  1. Hemorrhoids

The pushing activity during the delivery process can cause enlarged veins and these veins are medically termed as Hemorrhoids. It can further get worsened due to constipation postpartum. Doctors recommend avoiding any iron supplements in this situation as iron supplements enhance the chances of constipation. These hemorrhoids go away on their own in a few weeks time but if you observe itchiness and purplish or enlarged veins then report it to the doctor.

  1. Vaginal Bleeding

The vaginal bleeding happens as the uterus goes back to its original shape while releasing blood and remains of placenta; initial days you could observe blood clots as well. The bleeding should reduce in few weeks time and if it does not, you should consult your doctor.

  1. The excess weight

The excess weight gained during the pregnancy worries some expectant mothers. Exercise is the most recommended activity to lose this extra weight. Proper exercises not only help you lose this weight but also help you strengthen the muscles in your body which went through enormous pressure during the delivery process.

  1. Hair loss

Most women enjoy having good hair as they enter the phase of pregnancy, the hair usually get better during the pregnancy phase too owing to the hormonal activity in the body. But post delivery, some of you might observe hair loss. You should not get yourself too much worried over this. It is just a phase and would gradually pass too!

You should not delay and consult a doctor if you observe following symptoms:

–          Excessive bleeding

–          Excessive pain in the perineal area

–          High fever

–          Pain and swelling legs

–          Chest pain

–          Pain while urinating

–          Nausea

–          Depression and losing interest in your baby

Being a new mother you should be observant about the changes in your body as well as the emotional changes. Family should provide as much support as possible to a new mother in getting adjusted to the changes in her life.

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