Childbirth: Tips On How To Recover After This Process
December 18, 2017 12:28 By Fabiosa
The moment a woman learns that she will soon become a mother is unforgettable. She starts to take proper care of her health and plunges into pleasant troubles, such as choosing clothes, first toys, and a baby bed. With every moment of the future baby's development, her body undergoes multiple changes to which all her organs and systems have to adapt. This process cannot be avoided. And then, everything gradually returns to normal after childbirth and very often this happens in a natural way. However, every woman can help herself recover a lot faster.
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Although the whole body gets ready for childbirth, there are a few organs, systems, and conditions that are most likely to change. They are exactly the ones that need attention during the first days and months after delivery.
1. The uterus
During pregnancy, this organ becomes significantly bigger, and after childbirth, it contracts. This process can be sped up if you walk a little bit 3-4 hours after the completion of childbirth. If moving feels too uncomfortable, a massage will help. You should carefully touch the bottom of the uterus (as a rule, it is just below the navel) and gently stroke it with two fingers from the periphery to the center. Breastfeeding can significantly intensify and accelerate the process of contraction. While breastfeeding, the body produces the oxytocin hormone that contributes to a faster recovery of this organ.
In the case of normal contraction of the uterus, for about 1,5-2 months after childbirth, a woman can observe lochia. This is a vaginal discharge containing blood that gradually becomes lighter and then completely disappears. In order to feel more comfortable, it is recommended to use special postpartum hygiene pads. You need to change them around every two hours so as to avoid an infection developing.
During this period, you should not forget about the vagina either. It essentially stretches to give baby a way out. Kegel exercises can help quicken the process of its recovery and strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor.
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2. The urinary bladder
Throughout pregnancy as well as right after the birth, the bladder is in a relaxed state. This is the reason why the urge to urinate may be imperceptible during the first hours. You should go to the toilet every two hours without waiting for the body to give a sign of its necessity. This way, it will be possible to empty the bladder in time. In its turn, it won't interfere with normal uterine contractions.
3. The digestive tract
The enhanced production of progesterone during pregnancy and the postpartum period provokes problems with stools. Practically, all women suffer from constipation. Food rich with fiber and a light massage will help cope with this. Stroke your abdomen with smooth movements in a clockwise direction, gently pressing on it every time you exhale.
4. The regeneration of menstrual cycle
A breastfeeding mother may have her first menstruation after childbirth after around 6-18 months. However, there are also cases when this doesn't happen until the complete cessation of breastfeeding. If the mother does not breastfeed the baby for any reason, periods return after about 1.5-2 months.
The ability to get pregnant again returns with menstruation. Still, do not rely on the fact that conception is impossible during lactation. It is believed that the use of additional contraceptives is not necessary only during the first 6 months of the baby's life provided.
The greatest concern of young mothers is their natural weight gain. All of them want to return the body shape they had before pregnancy. It is necessary to point out that young mothers should avoid physical exercise. Having a walk with the baby stroller is the allowed maximum for this period, as any more than this could harm the mother's health. Breastfeeding is another effective method of losing weight faster. One breastfed meal for the baby burns on average 400-500 calories.
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In order to bring back your flat belly, you should work on the recovery of the abdominal press. For this purpose, you should purchase a special postpartum bandage. After two months, you can do light physical exercises with a gradual increase in their intensity. Until then, it's better to limit yourself to respiratory gymnastics, an elastic band, and periodically lying on the stomach.
Contrast showers will help to restore the turgor of the skin. The alternating effects of cool and moderately warm water will restore the elasticity of the skin.
Specialists can give young mothers lots of advice to bring back their former body shape. However, nothing will replace the love, care, and help of people close to them. Psychological comfort plays a vital role in the recovery of the body for which a woman should start preparing during pregnancy. It's worth discussing all the possible problems and aspects of partnership with your husband as it is of crucial importance in building a relationship of trust and mutual help.
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