During several weeks after your child’s birth, your body will begin its recovery. There is internal and external healing that will take place Internally, your uterus will heal and return back to its normal pear size. The episiotomy repair (if you had one), the area inside the uterus where the placenta was attached, strained muscles and stretched tissue will return to normal. It is totally natural to experience some, many all or just a few of the following temporary symptoms:
- Mood swings. (Baby blues, postpartum depression). These are related to hormonal activity changes, fatigue (not enough sleep) and a new job description (new parent or job intensified by increase in family size). Get as much rest as possible. Sleep when baby sleeps, don’t be afraid to take naps.
- Hair loss. This usually spontaneously ends within 2-3 months.
- Vaginal discharge (called lochia) will continue for up to 6 weeks following delivery. It should diminish in color and amount. If it returns to a heavier, bright red bleeding with or without cramps, call the office. Use sanitary napkins rather than tampons.
- Heavy perspiration, especially at night.
- Hemorrhoids usually subside in 2-3 weeks. If they were not present prior to your pregnancy, chances are they will completely disappear. In the meantime, avoid constipation. Drink several glasses of water daily. Add fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to your diet. Stool softeners, such as over-the- counter Colace, Metamucil and Pericolace may be used. Take brief sitz baths two times a day.
- Skin problems (dry or oily).