(This first appeared on The Standard Newspaper on Jan 8, 2017)
You might have prepared your mind for the transformation your body goes through while hosting your munchkin for 9 months but your body post giving birth will have a few surprises for you. Some women are fortunate enough to not go through much of these changes but many do. Here are the most common changes your body might experience after giving birth.
Bleeding – whether you had a vaginal delivery or a C-section you will experience a vaginal discharge called lochia. Your uterus will shade it’s lining in the form of blood, sometimes blood clots too, mucus and uterine tissue. Some women have heavy discharge for a few days while some go through it for four to six weeks.
Loss of bladder control – Due to the weight your pelvic muscles have been carrying during pregnancy, they might become weak and hence make you lose control of your bladder. You might notice that you are not able to hold your urine as you were used to or lose control of our bladder when you are smiling or coughing.
Constipation – because of the hormonal changes and the medication you might be on after giving birth, it might be difficult to have a bowel movement.
Swelling of hands and feet – your body was retaining water to prepare itself for D-Day and the swelling might be seen on your feet, hands and face. It will take a few days for your body to shed the extra water.
Our bodies are as different as our faces and characters. You might experience some,all or none of these. It is perfectly normal for your body to go through changes but be sure to consult your doctor should any of them worry you.