You finally have a baby! But things might not be going quite as you expected them to. In addition to being physically exhausted, you might find yourself struggling to fend back mood swings, physical discomfort, and frustration at the sudden change in your overall lifestyle. Below are some of the things you might experience on both physical and emotional levels. If at any point your discomfort becomes excessive, talk to your doctor to find the ideal medical solution for how to deal with it.
Your Body During the First Few Weeks
Some of the physical changes you might experience during the first few weeks after childbirth can include, but might not be limited to, the following:
• Constipation – Hemorrhoids, healing episiotomies and sore muscles can make your first bowel movement a few days after your newborn's delivery an uncomfortable and painful affair.
• Sore breasts – Due to milk forming for the first time, your breasts might become sore and slightly engorged for several days.
• Hot and Cold Flashes – At seemingly random moments you might suddenly feel very hot or very chilly, this is a result of your body's adjustment to new hormone and blood flow levels.
• After Pains – After giving birth, your uterus will continue to have contractions for a few days.
• Urinary or Fecal Incontinence – Controlling your urination or bowel movements might be a bit difficult after childbirth, as your muscles will have been stretched during delivery and will not be functioning properly. Check our line of incontinence products at www.finecareworld.com
• Hemorrhoids – Hemorrhoids, which are swollen anal tissues, are a common problem that most adults, let alone new mothers, experience, and are to be expected at this stage.
• Episiotomy – If your perineum was cut or torn during childbirth, you might find it difficult to sit or walk comfortably until you've properly healed.
Your Emotions During the First Few Weeks
• Baby Blues – Over 75% of new mothers experience anxiety, irritability, sadness and even crying. This can last from a few days up to a few weeks after childbirth. Generally related to physical and hormonal changes, these baby blues can also arise from exhaustion, unexpected birth experiences as well as emotional changes.
• Postpartum Depression (PPD) – More serious than the baby blues, PPD causes severe mood swings, guilt, anxiety and depression in approximately 10%-25% of new moms. PPD is more common in women who have a history of personal or family depression, or are under a lot of stress. If you think you might be suffering from PPD, talk to your doctor to find out what course of action you need to take to get better.