Yes, childbirth is a beautiful thing. However, there are also icky parts of this beautiful process. These icky moments may continue during the post childbirth period, as well. These are normal processes that a woman’s body may go through as it heals from the ordeal of child-birth. According to the American Baby, website these processes may include the following:
Yes, it may take up to three days after a woman gives birth before she can have a bowel movement. The reason why is that her abdominal muscles are weaken. The bowels are also traumatized from delivery. The use of narcotic pain medication during delivery can also be a cause for constipation. Some moms may also try to ignore any bowel urges because they are afraid that having a bowel movement will rip out their stitches which is not true and will make the act of going later that much more difficult.
To help prevent constipation, one can being driving at least eight glasses of water. One can also add more fiber rich food into their diet. Walking can also help activate the bowel muscles.
If a woman hasn’t had a bowel movement within seven days of giving birth, she should consult her doctor.
A Long Period
A woman will experience a vaginal discharge after giving birth. This is known as lochia. What one may not expect is that this discharge is bloody. It is leftover blood, mucus and tissue from the uterus. One should not use tampons to soak up this blood. They can cause infections. However, regular pads can be used. This discharge can last for several days after delivery.
A woman shouldn’t worry about the discharge unless they go through more than one pad in an hour. They also shouldn’t worry unless the blood begins to suddenly increase to a bright red color or is associated with intense stomach pain.
Pain Down Below
Some pain after delivery is normal. It comes with the stretching and pushing. It you had any tears or if you had an episiotomy, the pain may be more intense. Remember you can ice the area. Rest is also a key to helping your pain.
Call your doctor if the area becomes red or swollen. You should also call the doctor if you notice an unpleasant odor from the area or if the pain increases.
Urinary Stress Incontinence
Studies show that twenty-one percent of women will experience urinary stress incontinence after giving birth. This can include urinary leakage when laughing, sneezing, or even lifting large objects. This is due to weaken perianal muscles. The condition may last for a few months after delivery.
Yes, these somewhat icky conditions may be annoying. However, they generally won’t last and they are well worth the bonus of the little bundle of joy that you received.