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 overwhelmi...
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 :
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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.
A woman is pregnant when fertilization of eggs happens and the egg implants itself in the uterus. What happens if egg implants outside uterus? Is it even possib...
A woman is pregnant when fertilization of eggs happens and the egg implants itself in the uterus.
What happens if egg implants outside uterus? Is it even possible?
Yes, 1 out of 50 pregnancies are Ectopic or Failed pregnancy cases. So what is Ectopic pregnancy and how to deal with it?
It is usually an accumulation of tissue derived from an egg which grows in the uterus in a grape-like mass that can cause symptoms of pregnancy. A tubal / ectopic pregnancy never survives; and is impossible to convert into a normal pregnancy.
Initially you may experience common symptoms of pregnancy; but following symptoms may help you recognize a potential ectopic pregnancy:
So what happens when one has ectopic pregnancy?
Who is at high risk of ectopic pregnancy?
The list is not exhaustive, but it highlights the women having higher risk as compared to others. You are at high risk:
It is recommended that, if you have an ectopic pregnancy, go for an immediate treatment; it can be aborted with Methotrexate or Laparoscopic surgery. Consult your doctor to avoid ectopic pregnancy case in future.
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Pregnancy - A very precious phase in one’s life, filled with lots of excitements, emotions and anxieties; especially if you are a first time mom. You are going ...
Pregnancy - A very precious phase in one’s life, filled with lots of excitements, emotions and anxieties; especially if you are a first time mom. You are going to experience numerous changes in your body, particularly during first three months of your pregnancy. Some symptoms or changes are normal during these days, but others could be alarming. Always speak to your doctor about your issues.
Some alarming issues you should be careful about:
Vaginal bleeding. Some spotting during first trimester is normal, but if you experience heavy bleeding with cramps, it could be miscarriage. If you are having severe, lower abdominal pain along with bleeding, it could be an ectopic pregnancy. Any type of bleeding during pregnancy should never be ignored.
Unbearable nausea and vomiting. Generally, morning sickness or nausea and vomiting are normal. But if it’s making you dehydrated, causing dizziness, weight loss or an imbalance of electrolyte; it might be an alarming situation! Plus, if you are unable to retain liquids in your body for long and feel to urinate immediately or you are not urinating at all, you should call the doctor as soon as possible. .
Flu. Fever greater than 101 degree Fahrenheit with body ache, rashes and joint pain, typically a sign of infection such as cytomegalovirus or parvovirus or toxo plasma. It’s essential for pregnant women to get the flu vaccine in advance.
Certain infections. Vaginal discharge with itching may be an indication of sexually transmitted diseases. Pain or burning during urination, may be a sign of urinary tract infection. Such infections should be treated accordingly otherwise, it could harm the baby or even cause pre-term labor.
Having one-sided swelling, acute headache or leg pain. These problems are not common during early pregnancy, could be a result of blood clots. If you are already having a problem of blood clots, discuss it with your doctor.
So, follow the above clues to avoid big troubles. Don’t panic, if you experience any one. Just consult your doctor and follow the instructions.
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