Delivery Ke Side Effects: Easing Back To Health And Happiness After Childbirth

Show us one woman who’s had absolutely no issues after having a baby, and we’ll show you ten who have. Women carry a baby for the better part of a year before bringing it into the world. They then have to contend with sleepless days and nights, bleeding and extreme bodily discomfort while caring for it.

In short, pregnancy and childbirth derails normal life as we have known it.

Let’s discuss a few of the common residual “Delivery Ke Side Effects” and potential solutions.

If you had a normal delivery, you might be dealing with:

Piles And Anal Fissures

Once you’ve had the baby, you won’t just be bleeding vaginally. Some women experience severe anal fissures as a consequence of all the pushing, as well as lugging around extra kilos for many months. Coupled with post-partum stress and the fact that you may not have the time/ energy/ inclination to plan every meal, you may soon find yourselves constipated. Piles and fissures can morph into chronic conditions if not treated. Moreover, they cause blood loss that can make you anemic[1]. Meet a doctor as soon as possible to remedy the situation. With piles and fissures, a stitch in time literally does save nine!

Episiotomy Pain And Perineal Care

The trickiest thing about perineal stitches is that we cannot see them, but we need to keep them very clean. At the time of discharge from a hospital, the nurses will guide you about proper care. That said, they HURT! Episiotomy stitches can take a couple of weeks to dissolve, but you can expect pain for about three weeks. It is also not recommended that you sit on the floor or do any activity that strains your pelvic muscles if you had an episiotomy or a perineal tear. Luckily, the pain can be managed quite well with non-narcotic painkillers that are safe for your newborn as well if you are breastfeeding.2

 Together Pro Tip: If you find it impossible to get into a sitting position for breastfeeding either due to piles, fissures or an episiotomy, ask someone to get you the donut-shaped episiotomy cushion or inflated tyre-tube (scooter size) to sit on! This relieves the pressure on the affected area and speeds up healing.

If you had a C-section delivery, you could be facing these problems:

Back Pain

Do you feel like there is a kink in your spine that won’t let you move? Quite commonly experienced after a C-section or a traumatic delivery, postpartum backache can be debilitating. Having children at a younger age is also considered a risk factor. It occurs because the muscles in the abdomen are stretched out, and hence the onus of bearing weight falls on the muscles in the upper and lower back[3]. This makes breastfeeding after C-section a specific challenge. Different approaches work for different women, but exercise is the basis of them all. Ask your doctor for tips for managing the ache as well as when to begin a light exercise of choice, especially once your C-section stitches heal fully.

Fatigue

Defining fatigue is tough. Some women may feel tired some of the time while others can barely get by. Fatigue after delivery is most often due to the new and erratic schedules, worsened by lack of sleep, nutrient deficiencies and the fact that a C-section is a major abdominal surgery.  If your fatigue persists even three months after birth, it is worth screening for nutrient deficiencies.

There could be other lingering issues such as infected stitches or fresh scar tissue that hasn’t yet healed. You may also experience unexplained joint pains where you had none before. Sometimes, stitches struggle to heal on a poor diet and low immunity. Joint pains can be due to deficient vitamin D levels. In such cases, it is best to see a doctor to pinpoint the cause and seek timely treatment.

 

References:

 

  1. Martin, J. D. “Postpartum anal fissure.” The Lancet261, no. 6754 (1953): 271-273.
  2. Beaver, William T. “Impact of non-narcotic oral analgesics on pain management.” The American journal of medicine84, no. 5 (1988): 3-15.
  3. Breen, Terrance W., Bernard J. Ransil, Phillipa A. Groves, and Nancy E. Oriol. “Factors associated with back pain after childbirth.” Anesthesiology81, no. 1 (1994): 29-34.
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