Family & Pregnancy

Why It Takes So Much Time for a Woman to Recover After Childbirth

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Although having a baby is one of life’s most touching moments, it can put a lot of stress on a woman’s body. While some young mothers can be discharged in as little as 2-3 days or even 24 hours, if they don’t have any complications, the recovery process is ongoing Longer, Longer.

We decided to figure out what changes a woman’s body goes through during childbirth and how long it takes to recover.

Belly

The subcutaneous fat in the abdomen that protects the baby from external factors increases significantly during pregnancy. Hormonal changes and irrational nutrition facilitate this process. This is why the condition of a woman’s postpartum belly depends on how much extra weight she gained during pregnancy.

Abs after childbirth only decrease after 6-8 weeks, and it takes more time to recover after a C-section. If there is no problem with rectal separation (also known as abdominal separation) requiring medical assistance, then the mother can begin physical exercise Exercise 1.5-2 months postpartum. If a woman doesn’t over-exercise herself, her abdominal muscles will take 1-2 years to recover.

Breasts

During lactation, a woman’s breasts grow more significant as the part stretched by the milk becomes larger. Ligaments and muscles cannot support breast tissue as before pregnancy because they can gain 2-3 times their weight postpartum. This Can cause sagging or sagging breasts. In addition, the nipples and areola become more prominent and darker because as the skin becomes thinner, the colour becomes clear and blue, and the blood vessels become visible. The more milk a woman has, the heavier her breasts will become; in response to Breasts with increased load require proper support and care.

The younger a mother is, the more resilient her tissue is. Also, the more her breast muscles were trained before pregnancy, the less time it would take to recover after breastfeeding. Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to return to the original state, The “girly” shape, but if a woman works her muscles, she can get great results.

The proper nutrition to consume vitamins of groups A, B and C, a light manual massage of the breasts, comfortable, supportive underwear, and of course, the exercises mentioned here can help maintain the breasts’ beauty and the skin’s elasticity.

Musculoskeletal system

During pregnancy, the load on a woman’s musculoskeletal system increases, and the body produces the hormone relaxin, which is responsible for the elasticity of spinal ligaments and muscles. This load causes changes in the spine, lower extremity joints, pelvic bones and back muscles. During this time, the centre of gravity changes, causing the spine to move and causing pain and discomfort. After childbirth, progesterone and estrogen levels drop dramatically, slowing down the body’s metabolism and increasing fat gain.

The recovery period of the musculoskeletal system after childbirth occurs gradually and takes 3-4 months. Women may experience joint pain, bone pain, and possibly muscle spasms during this time. Wear a postpartum support bandage and perform special exercises. Strengthening your back muscles can help with lower back pain. The above changes can only go away entirely if there are no problems with the woman’s original musculoskeletal system. But unfortunately, many women today suffer from abnormalities such as scoliosis. I have had flat feet since I was a child.

Uterus

Many changes occur in the Uterus during a woman’s pregnancy and childbirth. The weight of the Uterus of a woman who has never given birth is usually 40 to 60 grams, while the importance of the Uterus of a woman who has given birth is about 80 grams. At the same time, the weight is The Uterus after delivery is 2 lbs. These changes are the result of muscle hypertrophy that occurs during pregnancy. The bottom of the Uterus is at the level of the belly button – which is why new mothers may look as if they are still pregnant in the first few days after giving birth.

After the placenta is shed, the Uterus looks like a superficial wound and heals on its own by day 9 or 10. Uterine bleeding usually decreases gradually over the first 3-7 days. Then bloody problems called 6-8 weeks after giving birth Lochia. If the uterine contractions are regular, the weight will decrease by 2 times after 10 days. About 1.5-2 months after delivery, the Uterus will eventually recover on its own and return to its average weight, which is 50 grams to 80 grams.

Cervix

The cervix also goes through many changes. It will remain open for about 4-5 days after delivery, and by day 10 after delivery, the cervix will be fully closed. By day 21, its external pharynx was also completed. After giving birth, the cervix permanently changes its shape – it becomes cylindrical Instead of being conical, the exopharynx becomes slit-like.

This gynaecological feature is natural to all women who have given birth and is seen only by a gynaecologist. Of course, if a woman had a caesarean section, this change would not occur. Three months after delivery, the cervix begins to function normally.

Menstrual function

The recovery process of menstrual function in fertile women is influenced by many factors – the course of pregnancy, the presence of any complications during childbirth, the woman’s age, nutrition, the presence of chronic diseases, the woman’s sleep and Rest regimes and many other aspects of a mother’s life.

Women who are not breastfeeding (and sometimes even breastfeeding) will have their first period (not Lochia) 6-8 weeks after having a baby if there are no apparent abnormalities. A breastfeeding woman’s menstrual cycle is often only She finishes breastfeeding. This is due to the lactation process and is not considered a pathological phenomenon, as the recovery time of the menstrual cycle varies from woman to woman.

During breastfeeding, prolactin is produced, stimulating milk production in young mothers. It is the same hormone that suppresses the production of hormones in the ovaries and the maturation and ovulation of eggs. Like the menstrual cycle, Ovulation resumes after the breastfeeding process is over, but there is no guarantee that a woman will not become pregnant during this time.

Vagina

The vagina is a muscular organ that also undergoes many changes during childbirth. Its muscles stretch and lose elasticity, but this is a normal process in this case. However, many women worry that the vagina will become more prominent after giving birth. This will negatively affect their quality of intimate life. There is no reason to worry, as the vagina temporarily loses shape.

3-4 days after delivery, oedema disappears, and after a few weeks, all scrapes and cracks heal (if there are no severe wounds and wounds), so the vaginal wall turns pale pink again. All that changes forever is the structure of that wall— Women who have given birth have smooth walls compared to women who have never given birth. This is the reason behind the illusion of an enlarged vagina after giving birth.

The time for vaginal repair after childbirth varies from 6 to 8 weeks. The process depends on any possible complications and the body’s individual characteristics. However, it is necessary to avoid becoming intimate to prevent infection on injured surfaces Uterus. Special Kegel exercises will help build vaginal muscles faster – squeeze and relax your pelvic floor muscles 15-20 times 5 times daily.

The psychological and emotional load

During the postpartum period, young mothers are often attacked by unreasonable anxiety, fatigue, and dramatic mood swings. A woman is under a substantial psychological burden, constantly worrying about her child’s health and normal development without getting enough sleep and constant Fatigue causes her psychomotor responses to decrease.

Some women suffer from postpartum depression. The reason for this depression may be the guilt of young mothers due to lack of time and the subconscious belief that babies are the cause of women’s temporary bankruptcy. In this situation, I Need the help of a specialist or at least a psychotherapist who will help the mother overcome her problems and start enjoying her life as a mother.

New mothers need help and understanding from friends and family around them, regular walks in the fresh air, and a comprehensive and balanced nutrition plan.

Bonus

Laura Fry, an American woman, shared an example of how complicated a woman’s recovery process after childbirth can be on her Facebook page. She showed that an 8.6-inch paper disc is equal to the average diameter of a placenta that leaves a wound in the Uterus after giving birth.

Do you have kids? What problems have you encountered during the postpartum period and how did you overcome them? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!

Drawing by Anna Syrovatkina for Bright Side

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