Postpartum Health Problems
The first six weeks postpartum can bring the new mom a plethora of health concerns. From the baby blues to constipation, you can count on a few triumphs before returning to your old self. Here are a few of the most common problems experienced during the first month and a half after delivering baby. You may have one or more of these problems, or none at all. Each woman is different. Even still, it is nice to know what you could expect after delivery so you can prepare.
It is sometimes hard to go to the bathroom after you’ve had a baby. Keep in mind that you might not have a bowel movement for up to 4 days after delivering. This is not considered constipation, but rather normal for most women. Pushing can cause trouble to the bowels, which make it harder to go to the bathroom. To minimize constipation and potential hemorrhoids, make sure that you are eating a high fiber diet and drinking lots of fluids. Stool softeners are available to help make it easier to go. Finally, make sure that you do not strain.
Postpartum depression is oftentimes called the baby blues. Moms who are experiencing postpartum depression often have little interest in their new baby or other activities they once enjoyed. The condition can cause unreasoned fear and worry, and also make it difficult to bond with baby. Speaking to a doctor is the best thing to do if you suspect that you are suffering with the baby blues. It might be best that you take an antidepressant to help alleviate your symptoms. You can also help alleviate the baby blues by making simple lifestyle changes, such as drinking water and avoiding caffeine and alcohol.
A lot of new moms complain of back pain after delivering their baby. Age seems to be unimportant in this agonizing problem, and women of all ages find their back causing them pain. Back pain during pregnancy increases the risk of the same pain after baby arrives, but it isn’t always the case. It is generally the spot of the epidural injection that causes women back pain. Other lower back pain can also develop. For most women back pain develops within a few weeks of birth and can last for several months. Heating pads work wonderfully to minimize back pain. Over-the-counter pain relievers can also be used. If the pain is persistent and doesn’t go away, or causes unbearable pain, talk to your doctor.
These are some of the many problems that you might experience post-baby. Be prepared for them. Prevention is key, but this isn’t always necessary after you’re body has been put through the ringer during delivery. Know what to do when these problems occur, and kick them where it hurts!
This article is for informational purposes only. You should contact your doctor with specific concerns or changes to your or your child's health.