Post Pregnancy Difficulties

post pregnant woman with her child

  1. Abdominal Pain (Mainly Lower)

    After your uterus has expanded, it will shrink back to its normal size and shape. The pain you may experience is called “after pains” and will be dull as well as sharp. Unfortunately, you may also experience this pain during breastfeeding, as breastfeeding stimulates a chemical that causes the uterus to tighten.

    Mothers recommend applying a hot water bottle and a heating pad as they are the most effective ways to treat the pain.

    If these pains get worse or don’t let up, contact your doctor.

  2. C-Section

    It is very common for women to have a cesarian birth (C-Section). 5-10 days is usually how long it takes for the skin to recover from the stitches.

    There are stitches that are in your muscle too and these can take up to 12 weeks to heal. Observe the area where the stitches are because if the area becomes red, swollen, or showing signs of pus, then you may have an infection.

    Contact your doctor if any of the signs appear or if you have a fever, as this can also occur.

  3. Baby Blues

    The emotional roller coaster during pregnancy can be very stressful and unforgiving at times. One minute you’re feeling on top of the world and the next you could be battling with depression.

    Post pregnancy comes, however, and you may feel that journey is about to end but the battle is not finished just yet. “Baby Blues” is the term used for women who experience sadness after they bring their child home. This is nothing be ashamed of though, as many new mothers alike experience the exact same feeling.

    Confide in a friend or a family member as it can often make you feel better.

    If the depression continues, however, then contact your doctor.

  4. Constipation

    Constipation can occur due to many different reasons. Pain relieving drugs or anaesthesia are the most common cases of this problem occurring.

    Having stitches as a result of an episiotomy (a surgical cut between the vagina and anus to widen the vaginal opening for childbirth) or if you tore this area during pregnancy, results in you having fear – which can be a direct cause of your constipation.

    How do I tackle this challenge?

    Well, there a few ways to do exactly that. Our tips and best practices include drinking plenty of water (2/3 litres daily) and, eating plenty of food that contains fibre as fibre allows your food to digest a lot easier.

    If, for any reason, these techniques don’t work, then consulting your doctor for stool softeners (such as Colace or Docusoft).

  5. Haemorrhoids

    Haemorrhoids are the painful swelling of the vein in the rectum and can either be formed during your pregnancy or during delivery. Common difficulties include pain and bleeding after a bowel movement.

    Cool witch hazel, is known to be effective for pain and itch relief. Over time, although it can be painful, haemorrhoids start to shrink. Small haemorrhoids can take up to one week to heal, whereas larger haemorrhoids can take more than a month.

  6. Perineum Soreness

    The area between your vagina and anus is called the Perineum. This area will tear many times whilst giving birth. Your doctor may also make a small cut to aid your birth, as it widens your vagina. There is a slight possibility of this not happening but your Perineum may still be sore and swollen after delivery.

    How long does is last and how can I relieve the pain?

    As you continue to recover, the discomforting pain can last for several weeks. Sitting on an ice pack for 10 minutes is advised. You may also rinse your Perineum with warm water after you have used the restroom.

    Contact your doctor if the pain does not gradually ease or you have sign of infection.

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