“It is amazing what the body goes through during the nine months of pregnancy”
It is a wonderful feeling when a woman takes a pregnancy test and it turns out to be positive. But the question remains, are all pregnancies safe and happy? The answer is ‘no’. Pregnancy is not easy as it has its own set of problems. It is not all bliss once the nine months are over. However, it is amazing what the body goes through during the nine months of pregnancy.
Soon after the delivery, in the postpartum stage, the body changes again, recovering from childbirth, regaining strength and reshaping itself, to go back to its pre-pregnancy shape. Women go through both physical and emotional changes during this phase. Visit Apollo Hospitals Children’s health centre to talk to experts on how to tackle post pregnancy problems.
Some of the most common problems women go through in the postpartum stage are:
- Postpartum infections
- Haemorrhoids and constipation
- Stretch marks
- Postpartum depression
- Urinary incontinence
- Breast infections
- Pain in the vagina
- Hair loss
- Excessive bleeding
Though most of the post pregnancy problems heal with time, there are some which can be fatal and need immediate attention.
- Excessive bleeding: Excessive bleeding happens rarely in women and usually in cases of multiple births, difficult births and long labour. This problem occurs when the uterus fails to contract after the delivery or because of tears in the vagina or cervix. If the uterus doesn’t contract as it should, a hormone called oxytocin is injected to start contractions.
- Uterine infections: In normal cases, the placenta separates itself from the uterine walls soon after the birth of the baby. If a piece of the placenta remains, then an infection occurs. The symptoms of infection include high fever, high white blood cell count, swollen uterus and rapid heart rate. These infections can be treated by antibiotics.
- Pain in vagina: Seen most commonly in normal deliveries, pain in the vagina and rectum occurs due to stretched and torn tissues. This leaves the area swollen and sore. Warm water, cold packs or pain killers usually help with the problem.
- Breast infection: Breast infections are usually identified by a red, tender area on the entire breast. The symptoms for these infections are fever, fatigue, headaches, nausea and vomiting. When having breast infections, lots of rest and consumption of liquids is recommended.
Don’t let post pregnancy blues get you down. There are easy, simple solutions available for most of the issues that afflict pregnant women but if the problem persists, do not hesitate to approach a doctor.