One might assume that after giving birth to their child, their body would essentially go back to normal. Well, let me be the first to tell you that there are some bodily changes you may not have been prepared to deal with. After giving birth the body goes through some changes that you were probably not made aware of. Some can weird you out a little, and others are just downright annoying. However, to keep you on your toes I’ve listed of few of the most common changes, and what you can do to remedy them.
Thought that you were done urinating on yourself from time to time? Well you’re not. Unfortunately your child’s dirty diapers may not be the only thing you’re changing as some women experience a bit of incontinence. Which is best defined as an involuntary loss of control of your bladder.
Solution: It is important to point out that this is completely normal – and temporary. During labor the baby’s body can smash down on the vaginal walls causing the nerves to become numb. As a result of the numbness you may notice you’re not able to “hold it” as easily. The only solution for this is to wear a sanitary pad for a few weeks.
· Bleeding and Other Fluid Leaks
Darn… just when you get used to not worrying about your cycle, you’re now faced with “Aunt Flo” on steroids. Your doctor or midwife will explain to you that bleeding is normal after delivering a child. It will be bright red and heavy at times and then become lighter over the next few days. However, unlike your period, it can flow like this for several weeks.
Solution: Again, your best method of remedying this annoying occurrence is to invest in some good heavy duty sanitary napkins. You also want to take it easy for the first few weeks as doing too much can cause heavy bleeding to persist.
· Engorged Breasts
After having your baby you may realize that “the girls” are a lot larger than before. Not only have they increased in size, but you may also notice that they are extremely firm and sometimes painful. This bodily change is referred to as engorgement. As the milk in your breasts starts to develop it also increases the blood flow to your breasts. This in turn makes your breast feel like they’re about to burst.
Solution: There are a few solutions here. For mothers that are nursing their children, then you want to make sure that you get them on a good feeding schedule so that your breasts can get emptied. However, if you’re not nursing then it is imperative that you do not empty your breasts at all. The body will continue to develop milk if you empty because it’s trying to provide for the baby. So if you’re not breastfeeding, then you want to do things that can relieve the pain such as applying a cold compress to the chest.
· Skin Troubles
Remember when your skin was so effortlessly flawless during pregnancy? Well once you’ve had the baby you can kiss your beautiful skin good-bye. Again as a result of hormonal changes in the body, women can experience skin conditions that include acne, excessive dry skin, and even growths known as skin tags.
Solution: When you’re taking care of a newborn, chances are you don’t have time to go through all the various skincare regimens you may have tried prior to giving birth. However, there are some quick and easy things you can try to get your skin back in good health. This includes making sure you thoroughly clean and moisturize your face, drinking plenty of water, taking your daily vitamins, and also investing in over the counter treatments such as skin tag removal products for stubborn skin conditions.
· Hair Loss
You go to comb or brush your hair to find clumps of it coming out! Sure raising a child is stressful, but enough to make your hair fall out? Well fear not as this is common and also temporary. The decreased levels of estrogen cause your hair to go into a resting phase in which it stops growing and prepares to fall out.
Solution: Unfortunately there’s not much you can do until your estrogen levels balance out. However, what is recommended is that you eat a well balanced diet, continue taking your daily vitamins, and drink lots of water. Over time your hair should stop falling out and begin to grow back stronger.
Well mommies, I wish I could say this is all you might experience after giving birth, but the body has a strange way of adapting to life after pregnancy (of course there’s also the excess weight to get rid of). Hopefully the few remedies I have supplied you with will aid you in getting through the first few weeks after giving birth. If however, your problems persist or become more severe, it is always best to talk with your doctor about advice and suggestions on what to do to treat the issue effectively.