Your baby is here, and you ‘re happy – but you’m tired, not at ease, at the thought, and wondering if you will ever get into your jeans again. Here are a few things you can expect after pregnancy and during recovery.
What to Expect Physically
When your baby arrives, you will notice another change – the body and the mind.
Physically, you may experience the following:
- Painful breasts: Your breasts may have a painful shave for several days after your milk set and your nipples become sore.
- Constipation: The first miscarriage may occur a few days after the baby is born, and skin rashes, healing episiotomies, and nerve endings can be painful.
- Episiotomy: If your perineum (the area of skin between the vagina and anus) is cut by a doctor or if it is torn during childbirth, the tumors may be painful to sit down or move for a short time during healing. It can also be painful when you cough or sneeze during recovery.
- Tumors: Although common, tumors (swollen blood vessels in the rectum or anus) are usually unexpected.
- Hot and cold: Changes in your body to new hormones and blood pressure can disrupt your internal thermostat.
- Failure of urine or feces: Stretching your muscles during childbirth can cause you to accidentally urinate (urinate) when you cough, laugh, or vomit or it can make it difficult to control your bowels, especially if you had a long period before giving birth.
- “After suffering.”After giving birth, your uterus continues to close for several days. This is especially noticeable when your baby is breastfeeding or given antihypertensive drugs.
- Genital herpes (lochia): At first it is heavier than menstruation and usually has blood clots, the genitals gradually decrease to white or yellow and then leave within a few weeks.
- Weight: Your postpartum weight may be around 12 or 13 pounds (weight of the baby, placenta, and amniotic fluid) under your constant weight, before the extra fluid drops within the first week or so.
What to Expect in Mind
From the heart, you can feel:
- The blue child: Most newborn mothers are angry, upset, crying, or anxious, just a few days after birth. These baby blues are very common and may be related to physical changes (including hormonal changes, fatigue, and sudden births) and mood swings as you plan to change roles with your new baby. Blue fever usually goes away within a week or two.
- Postpartum depression: The disease can cause mood swings, anxiety, guilt, and constant depression. PPD can develop up to one year after birth, and is more common in women with a history of depression, depression, and a family history of depression.
Also, when it comes to dating, you and your spouse may sit on different pages. Your partner may be ready to do what you left out before the baby was born, when you may not feel well – physically or emotionally – and you may not want anything but a good night’s sleep. Doctors often ask women to wait several weeks before going to bed to recover.
The Healing Method
It took months for your body to prepare for childbirth, and it took time for you to begin to recover. If you have had surgery (C-phase), it may take longer because surgery requires longer recovery. If unexpected, it may also have sparked emotions.
The pain becomes more severe in the first few days after surgery and should be gradually reduced. Your doctor will advise you on the precautions you should take after surgery, give you instructions on bathing and how to start exercise to heal faster and help prevent constipation.
What you should know:
- Drink 8-10 glasses of water daily.
- Expect ejaculation.
- Avoid stairs and lifts until your doctor says this is okay.
- Do not bathe or swim until the doctor says it is okay.
- Do not drive until the doctor says it is OK. Also, wait until you are able to move abruptly and wear the safety belt properly without getting upset.
- If the cut becomes red or swollen, call your doctor.