Postpartum care involves the managing of both the physical as well as the mental condition of the new mother. She will be undergoing a lot of changes, internally, externally as well as emotionally.
Vaginal soreness is one of the major postpartum problems that new mothers face. This happens mostly due to vaginal tears during pregnancy. The wound may take weeks to heal, depending upon the extent of damage. It is advisable to walk less and use ointments if possible. Urinating in the squatting position is also advisable.
Heavy to medium vaginal discharge is another typical postpartum symptom. A new mother will experience a heavy to medium vaginal discharge of mostly red to pinkish color, for about six weeks. The discharge will slowly taper off and the use of sanitary napkins is a must during this time.
Contractions are another typical postpartum symptom. Contractions are natural reaction of the body, to minimize blood loss by contracting the blood vessels in the uterus. This occurs more during breastfeeding sessions. Contractions also occur when medicines are used to stop bleeding from the uterus. Such as Pitocin.
after delivery, the breasts of the mother may become swollen, tender and heavy. This is called ‘engorgement of the breasts’. The condition stays like this for a maximum period of three days. The best way to counter this problem is by breast feeding the child. Sometimes applying a warm compress before breastfeeding can help the engorgement and help the milk let down quicker.
Postpartum depression (PPD) is a major problem, which is faced by approximately 5% to 25% of new mothers. The mother suffering from PPD may need professional help to overcome the depression. Please seek help if you notice any symptoms of PPD.
Hair loss, skin changes and changes in mood of the mother are also very common postpartum symptoms attached with the normal delivery of a child. All of these are temporary and not all women experience this.
Postpartum depression (PPD) is a major problem, which is faced by approximately 5% to 25% of new mothers. The mother suffering from PPD may need professional help to overcome the depression. Please seek help if you notice any symptoms of PPD. Find more information about PPD here
A new mother needs immediate medical attention, if she is having:
- Prolonged pain which is not lessening with painkillers.
- Prolonged bleeding with odor.
- Localized pain for more than a week.
- Prolonged mild to heavy fever.
- Persistent headaches along with vomiting.
- Blurring of eye or any other vision abnormalities.
Again, these are some common postpartum symtoms, some women may have all or none of the above. This is also a time for bonding and special care for both mother and child. Having a partner who can recognize and help with any issues is vital.
Most of all, take time to enjoy this precious time.