Thursday, October 25, 2012

Body changes after birth - losing body fat, treatment of piles and leaking urine after pregnancy

Your body changes after pregnancy: Your body will have gone through some major changes over the past few days.
Breast after pregnancy   
Many women experience changes in the size of their breasts during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
If you don’t intend to breastfeed from the start, you need not do anything. But on the third or fourth day, your breasts may be tender as the milk is still being produced. Wearing a firm, supportive bra may help. Your breasts will reduce in size in a week or so.
Speak to your midwife if you are very uncomfortable.
Losing abdominal fat after pregnancy   
Your abdomen will probably be quite baggy after delivery.
Despite having delivered your baby plus the placenta and a lot of fluid, you will still be quite a lot bigger than you were before pregnancy. This is partly because your muscles have stretched.
If you eat a balanced diet and exercise, your shape should soon return to normal.
Breastfeeding helps because it makes the uterus contract. Sometimes, because this is happening, you may feel a quite painful twinge in your abdomen or period-type pain while you are breastfeeding.
Leaking urine after giving birth    
It’s quite common after having a baby to accidentally leak urine if you laugh, cough or move suddenly. Pelvic floor exercises will help with this. If the problem persists after three months, see your doctor, who may refer you to a physiotherapist.
Piles treatment after pregnancy   
Piles are very common after delivery but they usually disappear within a few days. Eat plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables, salad, brown bread and wholegrain cereals, and drink plenty of water. This should make it easier and less painful when you pass a stool. Try not to push or strain as this will make the piles worse. Let the midwife know if you feel very uncomfortable.
They will be able to give you an ointment to soothe the piles.

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