Five Unexpected Issues You Have To Fight Right After Delivery

Hello, first-time moms. Since the moment you conceived, you've been preparing both physically and mentally for labor. You are more or less aware of the pain you have to go through. Most of the expecting mothers might have heard, how long and painful the labor was, the moment you hear your little ones cry, hold the baby in your hand, you won't even remember the pain you experienced anymore. Well, let's get straight to the point here; unlike what you expect, no matter the type of delivery you undergo, you are going to experience days and even weeks of some postpartum problems. The only thing is, depending on your overall health and type of labor (an easy labor or a complicated labor) its severity and duration may vary.

Here are five unexpected issues you have to combat right after delivery;

#1. Every single part of your body starts to ache:

Once you have your baby, you will soon find that every single part of your body throbbing as though you just finished a war. Your ribs will begin hurting, your back will be aching and your abdomen will start throbbing as well. You may likewise encounter severe headaches that might be triggered by mental pressure, changing hormones and restlessness. Right after delivery, you may also feel severe joint pain all over your body, including your ankles, feet, wrists and even hands. However, all of these aching episodes are quite normal. With all that pushing and stretching involved in labor, obviously, you will feel washed out and tired. The good news is that all of this discomfort is just going to last only a few days and all you may need is an over-the-counter painkiller to deal with it all.

#2. You sweat during sleep:

Night sweats in the first days after labor are quite common, are part of your body's natural process of adjusting hormones back to normal levels. You're still retaining lots of fluid from pregnancy, and sweating is one of the ways your body eliminates it. The sweats should dry up in a few days, yet meanwhile, try sleeping on a soft towel to keep the mattress dry, keeping away the headache of changing bed linen every day.

#3. Your vagina hurts:

Even if you didn't have an episiotomy, giving birth takes its toll down below and your nether regions seem to be on fire. You could surely experience swelling and pain over there. If you have sutures, the swelling and pain will also subside within ten days by which the sutures are cleared. In the meantime, applying an ice pack to the area several times a day and sitting in a rubber ring will help to alleviate the pain while sitting.

#4. You will constipate:

Right after delivery, more often, you may start having a bit of difficulty with your bowel movements. In some cases, this problem is mental block due to anxiety or fear of any stitches or tears that you may have experienced during the birth. On the other hand, sometimes it can be the part of body's way of reorganizing itself after a major process like pregnancy and delivery. Whatever the reason, it is highly recommended for you to stay relaxed. Even if you've received stitches, things will definitely get back to normal within a week. Also, never strain yourself during a bowel movement. It can adversely affect the healing of the stitches. If the constipation is bothering you too much, your doctor can recommend a stool softener. Eating plenty of fiber, drinking water, and getting exercise (even if it's just strolling the hallways of your home) can also help to beat constipation faster.

#5. You bleed for a while:


Expecting mothers, especially those who preparing for vaginal delivery, do expect some blood at delivery. But many first time moms were confessed they shocked by the massive quantity that appears afterward.  No wonder it seems to be the heaviest one of your entire life after a "period less" nine months. The blood flow after delivery can continue up to four weeks, though it should taper off after four days. You may also notice an increase in flow while nursing as breastfeeding triggers uterine contractions. Anyway, expect to have heavy bleeding from anywhere between three to ten postpartum days, after which the bleeding will eventually decrease.