Aches? Afterpains? Disturbed Sleep Cycle? Your body undergoes a lot of changes after a baby is born. The postpartum period i.e. the weeks following childbirth to the period where your body returns back to its pre-pregnant stage is a crucial time for all the mothers, especially if it's your first baby.
The cascade of changes that follows are based physically, emotionally as well as taking care of your new-born. You are in charge of not only taking care of yourself but nurturing a whole new human being! Anticipation about the changes that occur physically can make it difficult for you. Here’s what you need to know about the changes that are observed post-childbirth and easy hacks to deal with them:1.Post-Partum Pain:
In your 38 weeks of pregnancy, the uterus grows in size to accommodate the baby. After childbirth, the uterus shrinks and comes back to its original size, which is almost the size of a pear. During this phase, you are likely to have muscular pains in your stomach area and the lower back. Afterpains can also be due to stitches or episiotomy after delivery. These can be painful as they heal and can cause bruises and swelling around the perineal area. Also, because of hormonal influences of relaxin, there can be frequent episodes of joint pain.This can be minimised if you pace your activities and take adequate rest-periods between chores and baby care . 2.Neck and Back Pain:
Assuming awkward postures during breastfeeding and sleeping, leads to neck pain. The abdomen bulge causes the curve in your lower back to increase, hence causing a significant postural change leading to back pain. All these can be avoided by preventing your shoulders from rounding in during breastfeeding, keeping your spine supported while you are sitting with the baby and by avoiding constant leaning forward.3.Breastfeeding and Lactation:
Lactation is the immediate means of nutrition for the new-born. As the frequency of lactation is much more in the first six months, there can be swelling or a feeling of tenderness in the breasts. Awkward and prolonged postures during the same can cause neck and upper back pain. There are a lot of hormonal changes at play during this phase, which will settle in as time advances. During the process, being cautious of your posture and sitting comfortably can ease the tension on spinal muscles. You can also talk to your lactation consultant about these issues.4.Stress and Anxiety:
This is exactly what “baby blues” is all about. The swing of feeling happy and joyous at one time to feeling distressed and helpless at the other is a common psychological experience when you are in the transition of becoming a mother. This can also cause you to easily get tired. To reduce this, ask for a helping hand, sleep adequately and take a leisure walk outside your home with your baby to refresh.5.Weak Core & Pelvic Muscles:
Phasing through the entire gestation period, the core and pelvic floor loses its stability and strength. This can cause easy acquiring of low back pain issues due to weak core and problems like incontinence (leakage of urine) due to weak pelvic floor muscles. The strength and stability of both the muscle groups can be regained by including little bouts of core strengthening exercises and the Kegel’s exercises in your routine. We have come up with a solution for you to battle the baby blues, A New Mother’s Wellness Program that addresses your postpartum issues of aches, pains and discomfort. This program includes detailed information about the physical and physiological changes that occur during pregnancy, breastfeeding and lactation ergonomic considerations, lactation related consultation, postural cues while baby handling and nutritional counselling.Battle your baby blues by booking your first free consultation with us on +91 9325609388.