There is nothing quite like bringing a child into the world. It allows you to create a beautiful family you are proud to call your own. However, there are some things many expectant mothers are often unprepared for following the birth of their little bundle of joy. For this reason, we are looking at five things you can expect after pregnancy.
Many parents are often surprised to learn that most new moms will have to urinate within six hours of delivery. This is to prevent a bacterial or bladder infection from developing. It’s important to note that some women can have difficulty urinating after giving birth, which is due to trauma and swelling of the urethra and vaginal area. If you can’t make it to the restroom, medical staff will use a catheter to empty your bladder.
- Temporary Hair Loss
Hair loss is natural and temporary in the months postpartum. However, there is no need to worry, as it doesn’t happen to every woman. In some cases, it may happen during breastfeeding or when weaning a baby from breastfeeding. If you do experience hair loss, don’t panic. You’re not going bald.
It might seem a little dramatic, but it is simply the loss of daily hairs you should have naturally lost during your pregnancy, but were held onto by your hormones. Your hair will return to its normal volume within 12 months.
- Loose-feeling Vagina
The vagina is a stretchy organ that can expand up to 10cm to welcome your baby into the world. However, the pelvic floor muscles can be affected by both the pregnancy and childbirth. How much they are affected will be determined by the size of the baby, the length of time you spent pushing, your genes, and if you had an assisted delivery using forceps. Pelvic floor exercises can help to tighten both the muscles and the vaginal wall. You can also turn to Dr. David Ghozland for a vaginal tightening procedure.
- Varicose Veins
10% of pregnant women will develop varicose veins during and after pregnancy. The good news is, they are often painless and will disappear within a month of delivery. So, if you find varicose veins on your body following pregnancy, you may only have to live with them for a short period of time.
Most pregnant women are used to swelling in various parts of their body by the time labor rolls around. This is because pregnancy causes water retention, which can cause swelling in a person’s feet, hands, ankles or face. However, the swelling is not limited to the pregnancy period. Many women are often surprised to find other areas of the body can become swollen following delivery.
The vaginal area can often become swollen due to increased blood flow, which can last a little longer than you would expect after childbirth. Fortunately, the swelling can help to numb the area, as it limits sensations. Unfortunately, as an expectant mother is oblivious to the pain due to the swelling, this can cause more damage during labor.