The efficiency of the pregnant woman’s body is a marvel in itself. The hormonal changes alone can be truly punishing physically and emotionally. Moreover, it is primarily during pregnancy when a woman’s body undergoes some of the toughest and most complex changes of possibly in the human body. Your body is going to produce another human being within a span of nine months. After that, some woman can face some post-pregnancy issues. There are certain major bodily changes, which women should not ignore after giving birth.
- Hemorrhoids can be a painful reminder of bodily changes throughout pregnancy and vaginal delivery
Hemorrhoids are basically swollen, bulging veins in the anal passage. They are usually very painful and can arrive during the pregnancy or pop up during a vaginal delivery. If you ever discover that your hemorrhoids are bleeding, that means it’s time to consult a doctor and get them treated. This problem is not just painful but can also be incredibly itchy and a great source of anxiety for many reasons. So, consulting a doctor is the first step to take.
- Pain in perineal area
Post-pregnancy, many women complain of pain or soreness in the perineal area. A perineal tear or cut can occur during vaginal delivery and can remain painful for a week or more. However, even the women who make it through vaginal childbirth without a tear or being cut can still remain quite sore for several days post-delivery. Therefore, it is mandatory to share any issues, injuries or anything that you feel is other than normal postnatal perineal problems. For particularly tough births that include long pushing sessions before delivery, you may need to take a mild pain reliever post-birth.
- Pelvic and back pain
Pelvic, back and hip pain may be present in some way just after delivery and up to a few weeks afterwards. These are most commonly the same type of ‘growing’ pains such as one might experience during the last few months of the pregnancy itself. Just like your body once had to adjust its weight, ligaments, joints, and other muscle functions helping to accommodate the growing baby, the sudden loss of that baby weight may very well cause you to experience the same type of pain and soreness of swift changes in body size.
- Discomfort during sex
An issue which is probably more common than it is discussed is discomfort during sex after childbirth. Most medical professionals will recommend a woman abstain from sex for 6 weeks post-delivery. Most medical professionals recommend this period of time so that any delivery injuries, such as the perineal tear or cut, can fully heal to avoid pain or discomfort during sex. But it is also to allow the woman’s body to safely flush away the remnants of childbirth in the uterus. Dangerous infections can occur in the time just post childbirth so it’s super important to try to abstain for the full six weeks.
Visit Your Trained Gynecologist
Always try to catch up with a professionally educated and trained gynecologist whenever you are facing problems with such post-pregnancy matters. With a new baby in your life and a growing family to take care of, it is of utmost importance to be aware and maintain proper self-care after the birth of a child.