Postnatal Symptoms

December 14, 2017 08:01 PM

A new mother experiences a mix of emotions, happiness, and fatigue. Your child is finally here after nine months of wait and excitement.

Now should be the time for you to relax and allow your body to recover after the enormous physiological changes it has undergone.

To help you recover, we will present you with a few postnatal symptoms that you could experience, and how you can deal with them.

 

1.Contractions

After giving birth, the vaginal wall contracts to go back to its regular size. This process can resemble the pain of delivery, to a lesser extent. Additionally, breastfeeding will help release the oxytocin hormone, which promotes contraction of the uterine wall. The pain can persist for a few days but eventually it can be managed with painkillers prescribed by your doctor.

 

2.Lochia (postpartum period)

Lochia is the natural discharge of blood and mucus after giving birth. It is similar to regular monthly periods; the blood flow varies for women, ranging from normal to heavy blood flow. The duration of lochia varies, as it ranges from three to six weeks after childbirth. The blood flow will diminish after the uterus regains its regular shape.

Initially, the blood will appear a dark red color, gradually changing to pink and paler shades until the flow completely stops.

Make sure you have a sufficient stock of sanitary pads before delivery, in preparation for the postpartum period.

If you experience fever, blood clots or dizziness, make sure to visit your doctor, as there could be parts of the placenta remaining inside the uterus, or the uterus may not be regaining its shape properly.

 

3.Swelling of the Breasts

Swelling or engorgement of the breasts is one of many physiological changes of pregnancy. This happens due to the hormonal changes in preparation for breastfeeding, also known as “lactation.” Another symptom caused by breastfeeding is dryness. That is why we recommend using the proper cream to soothe the area, also, wearing appropriate post-natal bras to feel more comfortable.

 

4.Constipation

Hormonal and physiological changes during pregnancy can cause some changes in your metabolism. The most common one is constipation. Cesarean birth can worsen constipation; however, this should not be a concern, as usually in this case your doctor will prescribe a suitable laxative. To help with constipation, we recommend that you follow a well-balanced diet rich in fibers and keep your body hydrated, as this will help enhance bowel movements.

 

5.Depression

Depression is a common post-natal symptom, and many women experience mood swings and emotional behavior, 80% of them showing these signs, especially new mothers.

Hormonal changes and the responsibilities associated with raising a newborn child can be overwhelming for a woman, which is why it is normal to experience depression. Therefore, the support of the husband and a loving family is crucial to overcoming this stage.

We advise new mothers to try to relax as much as possible and avoid strenuous chores for a speedier recovery. Focusing on caring for the baby while being moderately active and health conscious will help with depression symptoms.

 

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