Your body is amazing; it creates and grows new life.

When you’re pregnant, there’s so much information about what to expect, and what’s best to do or avoid. But what about post pregnancy? What should you expect to happen after you’ve given birth?

There will be many changes to your post pregnancy body. We’ve listed only a few of them below.

Body Shape

Whether you’ve had a vaginal or C-section delivery, you will probably still look pregnant for at least 2 weeks. That’s completely normal! It can take a few weeks for your uterus to reduce in size, and you may have swelling form the birth.

It’s important to remember that your body has taken 9 months to create new life, and has gone through a lot to bring them into the world. Give your body adequate time to adjust and recover.

Perineum Soreness

The perineum is the area between your vagina and your rectum. During labor and vaginal delivery, your perineum is stretched. It can tear, or be cut by your doctor. This is known as an episiotomy.

It’s completely normal for this to feel sore after you’ve given birth. Try doing Kegel exercises, putting an ice pack (wrapped in a towel) on your perineum, or soaking in a warm bath.

Vaginal Discharge

After you’ve given birth, it’s completely normal to have vaginal discharge. This is your body’s way of getting rid of the blood and tissue that was inside your uterus. This can last anywhere from a few weeks to over a month and varies for each woman.

The best thing to do is to wear sanitary pads until the discharge stops, and speak to a medical professional if you have any concerns.

Afterbirth Pains

Afterbirth pains are cramps you feel as your uterus shrinks back after pregnancy. These cramps should only last a few days.

Talk to a medical professional about the best medicine to take to deal with any discomfort.

C-Section Scar

During a cesarean birth, your baby is born through a cut that a doctor makes through your uterus. It is a major surgical procedure that will leave you with a small scar towards the bottom of your stomach.

Give yourself time to rest and recuperate following this surgery, as things may feel sore and difficult.

Speak to a medical professional about the best ways to manage pain. Try to rest as much as possible, and don’t lift anything heavier than your baby.

Loss of Bladder Control

In the days after you’ve given birth, it’s common to feel a burning sensation when you urinate. However, sometimes you may find it difficult to stop or control your urinating. Incontinence in women who have recently given birth is very common.

This should resolve itself quickly as your pelvic floor muscles regain their strength. Consider dedicating adequate time to pelvic floor exercises to help improve more quickly.

Your Post Pregnancy Body

During pregnancy and birth, your body has done amazing things to create and nurture your baby.

It’s been through a lot, and it’s going to take some time for you to feel ‘yourself’ again.

Read these, and take a look at what you can expect from your post pregnancy body.

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