If you just had your very first vaginal/normal delivery or is about to; this post may give you insights as to what is it you can expect in the course of the next few weeks.
- YOU MAY FEEL SORE DOWN THERE– Yes, in any vaginal/normal delivery it takes around two weeks for the swelling and soreness to subside depending upon your level of tear. Although its nothing to be worried about and in most cases you do not need any medication for that. However make sure you keep your vaginal area clean, take sitz bath twice to thrice a day and if you have unbearable pain or itching you can always consult your gynecologist for any over the counter medicine or ointment.
- THERE IS GOING TO BE BLEEDING FOR A LONG TIME– Yes, there will be. Although everyone bleeds differently; some more that other but there will be blood. But its perfectly normal and is your body’s way of taking out all that is not needed. Bleeding can last from 2 weeks up to 6 weeks. Don’t worry soon after your delivery you will forget about it. Once it stops you will have to wait for it to come back, which is of course different for everybody.
- YOU MAY NOT BREASTFEED RIGHT AWAY– Yes, you are suppose to feed right away but a lot of mothers still have to wait 2-3 days before they start producing colostrum(the initial milk). The baby will be fed externally with a bottle but you still need to feed as the more you feed the more milk is produced.
- LOW SEX DRIVE– Yes, its perfectly normal. You are no different than many other women in this phase. Although it should be a phase and dont hesitate to talk to your doc about it. The best way to cope is to give enough time to yourself and your husband(often this is neglected) and get help to take care of the baby. Read Article: 5 Must Know Health Hacks For New Mums Who Want To Stay Fit
- PILES IS COMMON AFTER DELIVERY– Postpartum Hemorrhoids is pretty common after pregnancy. It can be due to constipation during pregnancy, pressure on the pelvic veins and the inferior vena cava or pushing too much during labor. Either ways its the worst of all. Tip- Stay hydrated, dont get constipated, eat lots of fiber and consult your doctor for medicine for instant relief.
Hope this helps you prepare better for whats to come. Thanks for reading.
Disclaimer- All the views are solely from my own experience. For health related matters please contact your physician/doctor. This post will help you on a general basis.