Recovery after childbirth.

Recovering from childbirth is a difficult and long process. After childbirth – the strongest physical and psychological stress for women, even the past without features and give birth to healthy, long-awaited child. Therefore, a woman needs proper rest. For some time we got the hospital on the principle of “Mother and child” where the child from the first hours after birth, you’ll be near the mother.

The woman swells and enlarges Breasts, they produce colostrum, and then milk. The uterus continues to shrink, while a woman may feel light contractions, especially during breastfeeding, when the baby sucks intensively. During contraction the damaged surface on the wall of the uterus that arose after the rejection of the placenta, begins to drag on. With the wounds go postnatal discharge consisting of blood, tissue particles and blood secretion. Immediately after birth, the uterus weighs 1 kg. For the following six weeks she takes your normal weight – 50-60 gr. Spotting pass through the first two days. They can be quite active, more strong than in the first days of menstruation. After that, the discharge becomes less intense. Postnatal discharge, called lochia, last 5-6 weeks after giving birth to a full contractions of the uterus to its normal size. This period is called postpartum.

During pregnancy your abdominal muscles as if “go” to make room for the younger child. After giving birth you need to wait until they snap into place and then start the exercises. To check, have converged if the muscles in place, easy to the woman: we need to feel these muscles in the navel area and to start training only when the distance between them will not exceed the width of two fingers. Until that time it is better not to hurry with gymnastics and carrying heavy loads. Well, if the next couple of weeks, not months the woman should not lift anything heavier than her own child. In the end, nature took care of us: feeding, rocking the baby and the need to wear his first months on hand almost constantly – all this quietly, but surely, brings the body to its original “dimensions”.

If you have not been working out before pregnancy, do not abruptly start now. Walk with a stroller several times a day or fast walking will quite replace the initial set of exercises. When the muscles are back to normal, feel free to start any exercises to return a flat stomach or slim hips.

Feeling in the first week after birth entirely depend on what you were births: light or heavy, natural or cesarean section, as well as several other factors. You can fix all of the following symptoms or just some of them.


The first two weeks will seem especially difficult after all care about you in the nursing home, in terms of medical care. Two weeks after the birth you may receive more bleeding than usual. This is a “trial return period.” It will last 2-3 days and should not bother you. If the discharge starts to smell bad, you should consult a doctor. The selection may appear again during lactation, but, as a rule, they should disappear while you are in the nursing home.

Constipation . that may have been plaguing you immediately after birth, must pass when you return to your normal way of life. Eat foods rich in fibers, for example, bread, green vegetables (spinach, salads), stone fruit, plums (raw and cooked). Hemorrhoids, often associated with constipation, longer dissolve and in some cases require local treatment by the physician.

Difficulties with urine. Often arise after a difficult birth, but usually are. If mimovolny leakage of urine continues, immediately perform the necessary procedures with the crotch. Don’t place navapashanam even a small violation of urination.

Fainting. May appear fainting, especially when rising from a lying position. First of all, don’t get up abruptly. Maybe you are anemic. Make changes in your diet and see your doctor, he will prescribe you iron supplements.

Caring for stitches. If you had an episiotomy, continue to adhere to all hygiene, you started to perform in the nursing home. Discomfort in the area of the seam should quickly subside and pass. Avoid synthetic fabrics. While the seam is sensitive, avoid sexual relations. If you had a caesarean section, with the seam may ooze fluid even after removing the thread. Wash the seam soft sweet with water, cover with a dry bandage for several days. Do not worry if the seam looks like a cushion, over time it will become thinner. If you will find next to the seam of the insensitive zone, don’t worry, the sensitivity of the skin will recover soon.

The resumption of sexual relations. As with all aspects of family life, to the intimate sphere, men and women after childbirth peculiar changes, which are primarily concerned with physiological and psychological state of birth, especially if the child is the firstborn. In the period immediately after birth the female body needs to restore, because 9 months of pregnancy and childbirth represent a serious burden for women. On the couple’s sex life after childbirth is influenced by such factors as the nature of childbirth, their complexity, the presence of complications, the health of the mother after childbirth. Therefore, the question of the married couple, which recently had a child, is when you can resume sexual relations. Now, to resume sexual activity after childbirth a woman may 5-7 week when the uterus returns to its previous state after the changes that happened to her during pregnancy and childbirth. During this postpartum period, the uterus contracts and tissues that have been damaged during childbirth, heal. The reasons for refusing sexual intercourse at the initial stage after childbirth include the fact that sex the way women gave birth to a high risk of infection to the cervix and uterus, which may further result in inflammation endometritis. Also, sexual intercourse can cause bleeding damaged during childbirth vessels.

As a rule, first sex after childbirth is very painful for women. If at birth she underwent episiotomy, there is a possibility that the nerve endings can be trapped in the seams. Changing the configuration of the vagina may also cause discomfort, besides after childbirth skin and mucous membranes the skin in the vaginal area is very sensitive to any irritation. Delivery contribute to the change of the anatomical relations of the genital organs of the spouses, which is associated with a strong expansion of the vagina during child birth. In the first weeks after birth, the vagina is in a relaxed state. Also may cause symptoms such as vaginal dryness, associated with lack of oestrogen hormone, which leads to discomfort during the first intercourse. Such disadvantage can be eliminated by using special gels and lubricants.

Month after birth After birth menstrual cycle every woman is recovering in an individual order. There are several variants of existence of menstruation after childbirth, the relevant norm. Breastfeeding menstruation can not be, because they are absent during lactation. In earlier weaning the baby from the breast, or, if his mother does not breast-feeding, your period may start in a month after birth, usually due to hormonal changes. If having your period during lactation, the special reasons for concern, as this phenomenon is the norm. If lactation is over, and the menstrual cycle has not started yet, then you should consult a doctor. The reason for this can be inflammation, endometriosis, and possibly even tumor of ovary or uterus, or another pregnancy.

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