What to expect after giving birth
When you are pregnant your body goes through so many changes as your baby grows. Once you have delivered your baby, whether naturally or via a C-section, your body undergoes further changes.
Knowing what changes, you can expect helps to know what is normal and when you need to be concerned.
If you give birth naturally, you may experience some perineum soreness. The perineum is the area between your vagina and rectum, it is the part that stretches during labor and in extreme cases it can tear.
If you are experiencing pain in this area try the following to ease the pain.
- Use an ice pack on your perineum.
- Soak in a warm bath.
- If the pain is bad, you could ask your DR for some pain medication
Regardless of how you gave birth, cramps are normal after delivery. This is your uterus shrinking back to its regular size and it can be painful. It should only last a few days, if you are experiencing cramping for longer than that then contact your health care provider.
You will bleed for a while after the birth of your baby. This is your bodies way of getting rid of the blood and tissue that was inside your uterus. The flow will initially be heavy, but it does ease after a few weeks.
Your breasts swell as your milk comes in and could be uncomfortable until your baby starts feeding. Make sure you get your midwife or the nurses to help you latch your baby correctly. If your baby isn’t latched properly it can lead to cracked and sore nipples and even engorgement which can be painful.
Watch you for hemorrhoids. These are common in pregnant women and can get worse after the birth of your baby.
A few tips to help manage hemorrhoids
- Get an over the counter cream to help relieve the pain.
- Increase your intake of foods high in fiber.
- Make sure you are drinking enough water.
After delivery you may suffer from constipation. This is common but is also very uncomfortable. Your healthcare provider should be able to recommend medicine for you to take to help with the pain.
It is important to focus on allowing your body to recover after the delivery of your baby. Rest as much as you can and make sure you are eating and drinking enough.