How your Body Changes After Delivery

It’s normal to feel delicate and tender for the first few days after birth whether you have a natural delivery or a caesarean session.

Your breasts starts to produce a yellowish liquid 3 or 4 days after delivery. This liquid known as colostrum contains all the nutrients your new born baby needs to be healthy.

It is normal to have a big tummy after birth as your uterus is still enlarged and your muscles are still stretched. The uterus will eventually return to its normal size and this may be accompanied by cramps, similar to period pains. It is best to avoid taking painkillers when breast feeding.

You are likely to have little control over your bladder after birth because your pelvic floor muscles are weakened. Check out how to strengthen your pelvic floor 

 

It is normal to be sore and tender if you had stitches for a tear or an episiotomy.

Bleeding from the vagina is expected after birth. The initial flow will be heavy but it will become lighter and eventually stop over the weeks. Be sure to have in stock very absorbent sanitary pads for this period.

Mums who have had caesarean sessions should expect to be hospitalized for a few days. It is also advised not to drive for a few weeks

Take care of yourself

  • Have enough rest. Lie on your side, not your back.
  • Try not to strain your bowels, especially if you have piles. It is normal not to go at all for the first few days.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water and eats as much fruits and vegetables as you can.
  • It is advised to avoid baths for the first few days after you’ve had a caesarean.

Always ask your doctor or midwife before taking painkillers while breastfeeding

When your stiches become sore or uncomfortable, be sure to talk to doctor or midwife.

First few weeks

Your body produces a substance called relaxin during pregnancy. This makes you flexible and allows easy birth. Your relaxin levels are still high after birth, this makes you prone to injury. Take care while exercising.

Some mums go through periods of low mood and tearfulness after giving birth – known as the baby blues.

You’ll probably notice some hair loss too. During pregnancy, high oestrogen levels mean you shed less hair than usual. But once things get back to normal, the ‘extra’ hair will fall out and your hair will return to its old volume.

How to take care of yourself

If you’re feeling low or anxious, seek support from your partner, friends and family. Lots of women go through the baby blues, and luckily it usually passes quickly.

When to see your doctor

Seek help if you have been feeling low or depressed for longer than a couple of weeks.

Read more about tackling the baby blues 

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