What to Expect: Post-Pregnancy Problems New Moms Need to Prepare For

Woman carrying her baby

Woman carrying her babyA woman’s body is a network of wonder, especially during pregnancy. So many little things happen to it while you carry a living person in your womb for nine months.

When the pregnancy is over, though, you will notice significant changes in your body. During this post-pregnancy period, it will recover and rebuild its strength so you could care for your newborn. However, not all the changes will be pleasant. If you’re an expectant mother, it’s best to prepare for the following conditions you might face after giving birth.

Urinary Incontinence

Incontinence is the loss of control over urination. According to The Urology Place, childbirth weakens the pelvic floor muscles, causing insufficient pelvic organ support and weak bladder control. When your pelvic muscles gain back the strength they once had, your urination may return to normal. If they don’t, seek medical help immediately.

Perineal Pain

Another common experience of women with normal delivery is a pain in the perineum, the area between the rectum and vagina. Tissues in this area may feel tender because of the stretching or tearing that happened during delivery. The discomfort should lessen as your body heals.

Tender Breasts

Your breast produces milk during the last stage of pregnancy and after childbirth. It causes engorgement and tenderness of your breasts. Once your body stops producing milk, the discomfort fades. While you’re breastfeeding, though, milk production continues. You may want to try pumping milk from your breasts between feedings to relieve the pressure.

Postpartum Depression

Hormones fluctuate during and after pregnancy. Changes in hormone levels after childbirth, combined with the stress of taking care of a newborn, may overwhelm you and make you anxious. This feeling or experience may last a few months to a year. Seeking the help of loved ones and professionals can help you deal with this problem.

Giving birth can be both exciting and terrifying. These reminders will help you prepare for one of the most amazing events of your life – and the difficulties that come with it.


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