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Recovery time after childbirth

Childbirth represents the final step in thepregnancy period, which includes birth of one, or sometimes more newborninfants. This can be done in two ways; one that is natural, vaginal birth andanother, which is with the help of C-section. Vaginal can be induced withspecial instruments, while C section is actually a type of surgery, where themuscles of abdomen and uterus are cut in order to deliver a baby.

As for new mothers, they should know thattiredness is very common in the first couple of weeks after the childbirth.This means that resting is necessary and it should be done as often aspossible. Usually, bigger stomach is still present, and this is mostly becauseof the uterus (which is still big) and the muscles in the area that are stillstressed and longer than usual. Abdominal pain and cramps are also present, butit is a sign that everything is returning to the previous position before thepregnancy. This process is intensified with breastfeeding (even cramps mightoccur in that moment). Since there was no period (menstrual cycle) duringpregnancy, it is expected to return in a while. This might begin with bleedingfor a month, maybe even longer. But this will subdue in time and stopeventually.

Some analgesics might be used in orderto deal with soreness that will occur in perineum. Usual problem that appearsafter delivering a baby is constipation. This can be countered with food thatcontains a lot of fibers, and also, intake of large amounts of water is anecessity. Sometimes laxatives are used. There are also a lot of changes withbreasts. One of the major hormones that induce lactation is prolactin, itslevels are highest at the end of the pregnancy because in those moments breastsare prepared for breastfeeding. Breasts are larger, and only couple of daysafter the birth, milk comes in. It is very important to learn properly how tobreastfeed a baby, because mother’s milk is enriched with vitamins, proteins,carbohydrates and fats which are needed. When the C section is performed,it is obvious that recovery time might last a lot longer. Still, the periodneeded for mother to recover fully differs in each situation.

What else should be known?

There are also some emotional issues that mightrise and they are induced with hormonal changes in the organism, and also withthe general change of life habits that happen when a baby arrives. Those issuesinclude crying for no obvious reason, nervousness, sometimes even anxiety. Morecomplicated form of these emotional problems is called postpartum depression,which is more common if there are stress factors, depression in family etc. As forsexual activities, it is important to make a pause for a while, simply to waitfor the organism to heal itself and return to a state before the pregnancybegan.

As for the things that help new mothers deal withthese big changes, there are several things to consider. Light exercises arerecommended, of course if the doctor allows exercising; there are some medsthat can help with the recovery after childbirth and that are not dangerous(for the mother, or the baby). Also, organizing a daily routine can be veryhelpful. Mothers should try to rest every time when the baby is asleep, butrelaxing and creating a short time to spend with a partner is also healing.But, the most important thing is to enjoy the time spent with the baby.Sometimes, it is all that takes for healing.

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