How To Recover From Those Post-Pregnancy Conditions
43% of new mothers report that they are still experiencing post-pregnancy problems six months after giving birth. Many new mothers are affected by postnatal depression and some find out weeks after birth that their pre-pregnancy body is not coming back fast enough, if at all. But there’s every reason for mothers to make a strong recovery with some simple tips and regular exercises. Here are some solutions to these post-pregnancy conditions.
1. Do Pelvic Floor Exercises
Many women are shocked by the fact that their birth canal (vagina) is still enlarged weeks after giving birth. The vagina may also feel dry or sore. Because of these complications, some women report feeling pain and other problems during sexual intercourse. These problems are surprisingly common and result from the physical stresses of giving birth and oestrogen level changes in the post-pregnancy body. The perineum (the skin between the anus and vagina) can also feel sore especially if there was a tear or if it was cut by the doctor to allow space for the baby during childbirth.
It is recommended that new mothers with reproductive tract issues do pelvic floor exercises to speed up the healing process. Pelvic floor exercises, which are done by squeezing and drawing the anus and vagina upwards, can be done seamlessly anywhere and at any time. This exercise should ideally be repeated for four to six times a day.
2. Get Compression Leggings
The hormonal changes and decrease in the blood flow rate from the legs to the pelvis during pregnancy may increase pressure on a pregnant woman’s veins leading to the development or increase in the prominence of varicose veins. Although more common on the legs, during pregnancy, varicose veins might also develop on the buttocks and in the vaginal area. The enlarged veins can be a big cause of discomfort and loss of confidence in some pregnant women and new mothers. Some doctors believe that treating varicose veins after pregnancy may reduce the risk of blood clots. Postpartum girdle and compression hose and leggings may help reduce the prominence of the veins by directing blood back to the heart.
3. Go for Counseling
Post-natal depression is a psychological condition that affects about 1 in 10 new mothers. The condition manifests itself some weeks after birth. Affected mothers usually lose interest in themselves and the baby in addition to low moods and forgetfulness. The most important step towards treatment of post-natal depression is understanding that you have the condition. You may be prescribed antidepressants if doctors think your condition is moderate or severe but counseling is adequate for most mothers.
Many new mothers may not realise that reproductive tract changes, varicose veins, and postnatal depression are treatable side effects of giving birth. Doing pelvic floor exercises, using anti-varicose vein clothing, and going for counseling can play a role in helping women to recover these some little-known post-pregnancy conditions.