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Postpartum - it may surprise you

Postpartum - it may surprise you

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In the puerperium, all the attention of a woman is often focused on the baby. However, it is worth that the young mother also took care of herself. This is important, because after the hardships of pregnancy and childbirth, a woman must have time for her body and mind to recover, achieving balance. Not much can be accelerated in this respect, but that's not the point. It is important to observe the changes occurring in the body and psyche and consult a specialist if necessary.

Persistent sweating in the puerperium

A few weeks after delivery, you may feel surprised by excessive sweating. Many young mothers wake up at night and have to change their soaked nightgown or pajamas. Usually, the excretion of fluid accumulated during pregnancy continues throughout the puerperium and is more intense during feeding. The advantage of the whole quite troublesome (especially in the summer) process is the possibility of a faster return to figure.


Instead of enjoying being a mom, you may have a headache during your puerperium. Most often it results from fatigue and pressure changes. The easiest way is to check your blood pressure and consult a doctor. It may be necessary to give medicines or vitamins to help regain balance and get rid of headaches.

Reducing the amount of milk

During the puerperium, you may have a problem with a reduction in the amount of milk, although you did not have a problem with it at first. It is usually sufficient to increase the frequency of feeding or other forms of stimulation of lactation: expressing food, improving nutrition, limiting physical activity and increasing the amount of fluid intake.


Bleeding in the puerperium is natural. It can last from 2 to 6 weeks. How to assess if it is correct? Many young mothers are concerned about the intensity. It is small when, after delivery, the doctor decided to clean the uterus, popularly called curettage. A lot of bleeding should bother you, which requires you to change a large sanitary pad every hour. Talk to your doctor if large clots (the size of a lemon) come out of the blood, or when the bleeding is accompanied by an unpleasant smell. All these symptoms can signal infection of the uterine cavity (associated with leaving a piece of placenta in it).

Doctor's control will allow you to decide if you need to take antibiotics. Your doctor will do an ultrasound or palpation. Sometimes you may need to cure your uterus.

Problems with defecation

You may have a problem with defecation during the puerperium. Constipation often occurs. In this case, it is advisable to change the diet: including a large amount of fruit and vegetables and a large amount of water. However, if the problem persists, you should consult a doctor. Stool maintenance, despite the absence of diarrhea, may be another problem after pregnancy. The reason for this situation may be tearing of the anal muscle during delivery. In this situation, sometimes it is necessary to visit a surgeon who will repair the damage.

Urinary incontinence

Urination is a common pregnancy problem. It results from the weakening of the bottom of the uterus. Usually passes, especially if we focus on Kegel exercises. If you still have problems, visit a doctor.

Swelling and pain in the back of the legs

After delivery, many women are still asleep and resting with their legs raised. Often, however, the pain in the legs is large enough to prevent sleep. It can be caused by changes in blood pressure or a blood clot in the legs. In the event of a blood clot, an ultrasound confirming or excluding presumption is necessary and, if this problem is diagnosed, administration of a blood thinner.

Bad mood

In a few days or even weeks after pregnancy, many mothers feel depressed, tired and, paradoxically, cannot enjoy the new role. It is worth realizing that this is the most natural condition, which is called postpartum depression or, more severely, postpartum depression. Usually the support of loved ones is helpful. Sometimes, when the problem persists, it is necessary to visit a doctor: undergoing therapy or taking medication.