by Michele Carelse on April 13th, 2011 at 7:00 am
Pregnancy and giving birth is a true testament to the strength and resilience a woman’s body has in order to endure the many physical and emotional changes that take place on the journey towards motherhood. Giving birth after months of many other upheavals is one of the most traumatic experiences your body can go through. Therefore, it is prudent to know what to expect after birth and what steps you can take to recover well.
It is important to know how to get yourself back to feeling balanced and centered, both physically and emotionally so that you can radiate happiness when you look at the bundle of joy sleeping in your arms. As your body shifts back into being non-pregnant once again, there are many more physical changes in store for you. Below is a list of common physical changes you may experience as your hormones slowly reset themselves.
- Uterus size will gradually decrease.
- Healing of the perineum, which can be particularly sensitive if you have had an episiotomy.
- Vaginal discharge will last a few weeks after birth while your body gets rid of the tissue and blood that lined the uterus during pregnancy.
- Breast engorgement – your milk supply will be ready about three days after birth. As your milk supply ‘comes in’ your breasts will become firm and tender.
- Constipation – it may take some days before your bowel habits return to normal. Be sure to stay well hydrated and eat plenty of fiber-rich foods.
Emotionally, you may feel like you are on a roller coaster ride with no end in sight. You may seesaw between feeling exhilarated one minute, to becoming completely exhausted the next. Feelings of joy and peace can suddenly turn themselves into anxiety and worry. Below is a list of common emotional changes you may experience after childbirth.
- Crying for no reason
- Feeling restless or nervous
- Fluctuating from feeling happy to being overcome by sadness
- Become easily irritated and impatient
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Have trouble thinking clearly
- Loss of appetite
- Trouble sleeping
It’s okay to feel overwhelmed after giving birth to your child. It is important for mothers to feel secure about their and their newborns aftercare; therefore, using natural ways to deal with physical and emotional changes can be greatly beneficial not only to you, but your new baby too!
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In the next post, you will find the natural ways to ensure a smooth recovery.
This is article number1 in our 3 part series on natural recovery after childbirth.