The process of getting pregnant and giving birth is an exciting one. While you’ve probably done a lot of research about pregnancy and delivery itself, sometimes women tend to do less research about the post-partum process. Knowing some of the health issues you may encounter after giving birth will help you be much better prepared.
After giving birth, your body is in a state of healing. Throughout this process, according to Firstcry Parenting, it is normal to have blood clotting as your body discharges excess blood and tissue torn during delivery. It is normal to have blood clots for up to six weeks after delivery and you may even discharge clots that are a bit smaller than the size of a golf ball.
But while some clotting is normal, know that extended clotting or too many clots in the same area can be dangerous. Talk with your medical provider to know more specifically about what to expect and look for.
It’s also important that you are aware of some of the mental strains you might experience postpartum. One of the most common issues to experience is postpartum depression. Postpartum depression involves prolonged sadness, trouble sleeping, and difficulty bonding with the newborn.
There are a variety of ways to approach depression brought on after giving birth. Be aware of the different options available to you. According to TMS Clinics of Canada, TMS therapy can provide an effective alternative treatment for depression and anxiety.
Another particular issue you may notice postpartum is some incontinence. Roughly one out of every four women will experience some form of problem going to the bathroom after delivery. The likelihood of experiencing this increases when you give birth vaginally and the longer you continue breastfeeding.
According to Lifespan, there are a variety of things you can do to treat this incontinence. First, start by eliminating caffeinated drinks and alcohol. These drinks can affect your bladder, making it harder to control. If the issue persists for more than a couple of weeks, it might be a good idea to lose some weight in order to alleviate some of the pressure being placed on your bladder.
As you work to prepare yourself for the post-partum experience, know that your experience will be unique to you. Make sure you invest time in finding a qualified medical professional to work with and ask questions to. Having ready resources will help you not only be better prepared but also have more peace of mind.
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